Tag Archives: Taxes

Vt. US Sen. Sanders against Social Security cuts (Boston Globe)

By Dave Gram BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Monday he would rather tax cuts expire next year as scheduled than see Democrats agree to spending cuts to Social Security and other programs relied on by low- and moderate-income Americans. The left-leaning independent who caucuses with Democrats said he hoped President Barack […]

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Republicans want to stop talking about the middle class (MSNBC)

July 24, 2012

Watch Bernie discuss wealth and income and its impact on our democracy on MSNBC.

“We just identified today 25 separate billionaires who are spending at least a quarter of a million dollars on campaigns right now. The billionaires are not satisfied with the fact that the top 1% owns 40% of the wealth in America; they want more and more and more.”

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GOP, liberals doubt dem leaders’ tough rhetoric on taxes (The Hill)

July 17, 2012

By Alexander Bolton Democrats are talking tough heading toward a year-end showdown over the Bush-era tax rates, but some liberals and Republicans are skeptical they will back up their rhetoric with action. President Obama and Democratic leaders took a similar stance ahead of the 2010 midterm election and then backed down in December of that […]

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1 trillion in spending and cuts for the poor (MSNBC)

June 20, 2012

“…What people have to understand is this is part & parcel of the Republican’s vicious attack against middle income & low income people. This is not unrelated. These attacks that we’re going to see from the Republicans in massive cuts in food stamps is directly related to the attacks you’re going to see on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid & education.”

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The Path to Progress: Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies (The Nation)

May 18, 2012

By Peter Rothberg Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Keith Ellison launched a new piece of legislation that would repeal $113 billion of tax-breaks, handouts and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry over the next ten years. Currently, the fossil fuel industry is generously subsidized despite the fact that it’s already the most profitable […]

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Editorial: Time for a new approach (Brattleboro Reformer)

May 16, 2012

Vermont’s independent senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation recently that, if passed, could kill the proverbial two birds with one stone: Reduce the federal deficit and help wean us off our over-dependence on fossil fuels. Last week, Sanders and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act in the House and Senate. Sanders […]

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Is America in fiscal austerity yet? (NBC Politics)

May 11, 2012

By Tom Curry The short-term importance of the budget bill which the House approved this week is that Democrats now have another vote which they can use against Republicans running in tough races this fall. Sixteen House Republicans voted against the measure — called the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act — which would replace some of […]

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