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Tell House Democrats: Draw a line in the sand on benefit cuts and the Bush tax cuts for the wealth
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Tell House Democrats: Draw a line in the sand on benefit cuts and the Bush tax cuts for the wealth

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A "grand bargain." "Taxmageddon." The "Fiscal Cliff." Whatever you call it, Congress is headed for a major showdown at the end of the year.

We know what the Republicans want to do: keep taxes on the wealthy and large corporations unconscionably low and military spending sky-high; gut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; and make brutal cuts to important domestic programs like food stamps and unemployment insurance.

In the face of Republican unity, we simply cannot afford for Democrats to be disorganized.

That is why progressives in the House introduced the "Deal for All" resolution that draws a line in the sand on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits.

Tell House Democrats to draw a line in the sand on benefit cuts and the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy by co-sponsoring the "Deal for All" resolution.

We need to get as many Democrats on the record as possible with a firm commitment to vote against extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits.

House Speaker John Boehner is looking to cut a bad deal. And sadly, far too many Democrats in the Senate look willing to work with Republicans to cut a deal that sells us out.

But the best deal for progressives migh be the one that's already written into law as a consequence of last year's debt ceiling standoff.

If we do nothing, the Bush tax cuts will expire and we'll see automatic, in some cases brutal, cuts to government spending. But these cuts include significant reductions to defense spending while sparing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits (not to mention a host of programs that help the most vulnerable).

As painful as the status quo might be, it's substantially better than the deals that have been floated thus far.

Tell House Democrats to draw a line in the sand on benefit cuts and the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy by co-sponsoring the "Deal for All" resolution.

We can and will work to block a bad deal in the Senate, but there's also an opportunity in the House.

John Boehner cannot rely on the members of his own caucus to come up with the votes to pass a deal that will also pass in the Senate.

So if enough House Democrats publicly draw a line in the sand, they can affect the negotiations that are going on right now.

Importantly, courageous Democrats willing to fight to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits and to demand an end to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy can establish a marker about what an acceptable deal would look like.

And when the time comes, it will give them the political space to fight a bad deal.

Tell House Democrats to draw a line in the sand on benefit cuts and the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy by co-sponsoring the "Deal for All" resolution.

To:
House Democrats
Please co-sponsor the 'Deal for All' resolution, which draws a line in the sand on extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Jake Barnes HICKSVILE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need to save the middle class.

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    • Nik Bell ATLANTA, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why is tThe nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report in September that showed that cutting tax rates for the wealthiest Americans did not spur economic or job growth, refuting a key Republican justification for the party’s continued obsession with maintaining the tax cuts for the wealthy they passed in 2003.his important to you? (Optional)

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    • Andrew Sigal OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Whether you are part of the "1%" or the "99%" (or the "47%" or whatever) its about caring for our brothers and sisters. Are some wealthy people greedy? Yes, some are. Are all wealthy people greedy? NO! We demand good food, good education, good health, good infrastructure for all our citizens and we are willing to pay for it.

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    • Nancy Freeman BERKELEY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is outrageous to let the wealthy off from paying their fair share to support our economy. I don't make nearly what they do, but would be happy to pay more for good schools, social services, etc.

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    • Cynthia Bertelsen BLACKSBURG, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because we need to start somewhere with fixing the messes in this country.

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