Monday, June 27, 2011

Why I Love Bernie Sanders

Recent tweets by Mr. Sanders (and staff):
Please RT: Sign Bernie's letter to President Obama: #SharedSacrifice

If the Republican budget plan becomes law, an estimated 1.7 million children would lose health insurance by 2016. #SharedSacrifice

Today, the top one percent owns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. #SharedSacrifice

Hedge fund managers who made $1 billion last year now pay a lower effective tax rate than many teachers & nurses.

The Republican plan will end Medicare by providing an $8000 voucher for seniors to purchase a private health insurance plan

Ford's federal income tax rate was just 2.3 percent in 2009 even though it made $3 billion in profits. #SharedSacrifice

The Republican budget would prevent an estimated 34 million uninsured Americans from getting health insurance.

Valero Energy received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS last year. #SharedSacrifice

In the past 5 years, Carnival Cruise Lines made over $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate was only 1.1%.

In 2009 Exxon made $19 billion in profits, paid no federal income taxes and was given a $156 million rebate from the IRS.

ConocoPhillips made $16 billion in profits from '07-'09 and received $451 million in tax breaks. #SharedSacrifice

The Republican budget would slash funding for roads, bridges, rail and airports by nearly 40% next year alone. #SharedSacrifice

The Republican budget protects $44 billion in unnecessary tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies. #SharedSacrifice

In 2008, Goldman Sachs only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion. #SharedSacrifice

Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year, even though it made $10 billion in profits in 2009. #SharedSacrifice

The poor and middle classes have suffered. It is time for the wealthy corporations to contribute as well. It is time for #SharedSacrifice

The United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country in the industrialized world.

Since 2000, 5.6 million manufacturing jobs have been lost in America. #SharedSacrifice

He is the only representative who states the truth.

My federal tax rate last year was way higher than 1 or 2 percent.

Corporate taxes are the lowest they have been in decades.

Bush tax cuts to the wealthy have been in place for 11 years now. Where are all the jobs they say they create?

Our federal spending problem isn't nearly as crippling as our revenue problem. Only the middle class is paying taxes now. Chronically poor and newly poor (out of unemployment, out of a job) pay essentially no taxes, the super wealthy and super wealthy corporations pay no taxes (remember, the supreme court gave corp's personhood to participate in politics, so why can't they be forced to pay taxes like the rest of us?)

The huge job growth seen in the 1950's was during a time of some of the highest corporate taxes. Why did they create jobs but this group we have now won't? (Hint it rhymes with CEO bonus)

I believe my exact quote from yesterday was, "I don't give a shit how cold it is in Vermont, as soon as I can, I'm taking my educated, desperately needed job skill having, tax paying ass out of this state."

Tim Scott is a corporate tool. He knows what they are doing is wrong, but it will get him his $$, and doesn't have the balls to stand up and admit it. The only people he is helping are himself and the rich.

The rest of us can go eat cake.

Fat Cat sez: go away little middle class cat, you have served your purpose, I have all your monies and you have nothing.

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