The Week in Review

On Monday, Sen. Sanders published a column in Politico calling on Congress to balance the budget fairly. “Most important, in the coming weeks and months, the Democrats must demand that deficit reduction is done in a way that is fair — and not on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor,” wrote Sanders. On Tuesday, Sen. Sanders appeared on MSNBC and told host Thomas Roberts, “In America today you have the most uneven distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth. Do you think we should go after ordinary people who are hurting in the recession or ask the wealthiest people and around large corporations to pay their fair share?” Later in the week, Sen. Sanders took questions from callers on the Thom Hartmann program and told the audience, “The American people have got to stand up to take on the big money interests in Washington.”

Save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid 

Sen. Sanders wrote in a column for Politico “In my view, if the Republicans continue to play an obstructionist role, the president should get out of the Oval Office and travel the country,” wrote Sanders. “If he does that, I believe that he will find that there is no state in the country, including those that are very red, where people believe that it makes sense to continue giving huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. I have a strong feeling that when large numbers of constituents all across this country start calling and emailing their senators and members of Congress about this issue, the American people will win this fight.”

Read Sen. Sanders column in Politico here »

Balance the Budget Fairly

Sen. Sanders appeared on MSNBC and told host Thomas Roberts, “In America today you have the most uneven distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth. Youhave the top 1% owning 42% of the wealth. The bottom 60% own 2.3% of the wealth. Do you think we should go after ordinary people who are hurting in the recession or ask the wealthiest people and around large corporations  to paytheir fair share?” Later on Tuesday, Sen. Sanders told MSNBC host Ed Schultz, “During the last two budget agreements the wealthiest people did not pay a nickel more in taxes yet we cut 900 billion in programs.”

Watch Sen. Sanders talk with Thomas Roberts »
Watch Sen. Sanders talk with Ed Schultz »

Sign the Petition to Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Sen. Sanders has written a letter to the president and members of Congress calling on them to stand firm against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. In the letter Sanders wrote, “There are fair and sensible ways to reduce deficits, but having the rich and the powerful beat up on working families and the elderly is not one of them. We ask that you join us in opposing any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.”

Sign the petition here »

Ed Shultz & Sen. Sanders