Thursday, September 25, 2014

Senator Sanders on if the regressives take the Senate

This November election is critical, for if the regressives get the majority the good Senator lays out their agenda. Is this what you want? If not, get out to vote damn it. From his recent email:

"As a member of the U.S. Senate, let me tell you what a Republican Senate will mean for America. Are you concerned about campaign finance law, and the ability of billionaires to buy elections? Well, not one Republican in the Senate voted in support of a recent effort to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. In fact, many Republicans now want to eliminate all restrictions on campaign spending.

Are you concerned about global warming and its threat to our planet? Well, the new Republican Chairman of the Environmental Committee may be Sen. Jim Inhofe, who recently wrote a book calling global warming a “hoax.”

Are you concerned about the need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage? Well, the new Republican Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee which has oversight of labor issues may be Sen. Lamar Alexander. He has stated publicly that not only should we not raise the minimum wage, but that we should eliminate the concept of the minimum wage — which means that workers in high unemployment areas could be working for $3 or $4 an hour.

Are you concerned about income and wealth inequality? Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans want to completely eliminate the estate tax, providing a huge tax break for millionaire and billionaire families.

Are you concerned about women’s rights and pay equity? The vast majority of Republicans in the Senate do not believe that a woman has the right to control her own body, and there is almost no Republican support for pay equity for woman workers.

Are you concerned about poverty in America? The vast majority of Republicans want to make major cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs, and balance the budget on the budget on the backs of some of the most vulnerable people in our country."

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