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Why do Republicans hate Social Security?

A message from Sen. Bernie Sanders: Republicans hate Social Security because it has been an extraordinary success and has done exactly what it was designed to do. It is the most successful government program in our nation's history and is enormously popular. When Social Security was developed, 50 percent of seniors lived in poverty. Today, that number is 10 percent -- still too high, but a testament to the success of Social Security. Republicans have spent years demonizing Social Security and spreading lies about its sustainability. They want to scare Americans and build support for making drastic cuts to the program or privatizing it entirely. Their long-term goal is to end Social Security as we know it, and convert it into a private account system which will enable Wall Street to make hundreds of billions in profits. The truth is that, today, according to the Social Security Administration, Social Security has a $2.7 trillion surplus and can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 25 years. Further, because it is funded by the payroll tax and not the U.S. Treasury, Social Security has not contributed one nickel to our deficit. Now -- in a prolonged recession that has decimated the poor and middle class and pushed more Americans into poverty than at any point in modern history -- we need to strengthen Social Security. That's why I, along with nine co-sponsors, have introduced the "Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act." This legislation would lift the Social Security Payroll tax cap on all income over $250,000 a year, would require millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share into the Social Security Trust Fund, and would extend the program for the next 75 years. Join me now as a citizen co-sponsor of the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act. For 76 years, through good times and bad, Social Security has paid out every benefit owed to every eligible American. The most effective way to strengthen Social Security for the next 76 years is to scrap the payroll tax cap for those earning $250,000 a year or more. Right now, someone who earns $106,800 pays the same amount of money into Social Security as billionaires like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. That is because today, all income above $106,800 is exempt from the Social Security tax. As a result, 94% of Americans pay Social Security tax on all of their income, but the wealthiest 6% do not. That makes no sense. The "Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act" will ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security without cutting benefits, raising the retirement age or raising taxes on the middle class. Join me and Democracy for America in fighting to strengthen Social Security -- Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act. Social Security is keeping tens of millions of seniors out of poverty today. I can think of no more important issue facing our country today than making sure that Social Security remains strong for generations to come. Thank you. -Bernie Senator Bernie Sanders U.S. Senator from Vermont
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Hidden, loaded guns

If the gun lobby and their far right allies in Washington, D.C. get their way, your state will no longer be able to make its own decisions about who can legally carry a hidden gun. Domestic abusers, drug addicts, stalkers, people with violent arrest records and even people with absolutely no training who have never held a gun before could be granted a concealed gun permit in another state, andVermont would have to honor it -- no matter what. A coalition of more than 600 mayors from across America is mounting an aggressive campaign to stop this dangerous legislation before it becomes law, and Im asking you to step up and help out. Join Democracy for America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns in telling Congress -- When it comes to carrying guns in our communities its OUR STATE and OUR LIVES, so we should decide OUR LAWS. Every signature we collect will be hand-delivered to the U.S. House during an important hearing on September 13th -- when the extremists who support the gun-lobby will try to argue for the proposed concealed carry law. Before that happens, we need to organize as much opposition as possible from real Americans in communities nationwide. Our petition is about protecting states rights and the lives of people in our communities. To make sure Congress hears us, we need you to speak out against this mandatory hidden-gun immunity. Add your name to stop Congress from trampling your states rights and putting police and average citizens at risk right now. Washington ideologues want to call the shots on local laws that just arent their business. Lets tell them that to protect OUR LIVES, let us decide OUR LAWS. Thank you for taking action today,
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Jim's statement on President's Job Speech

Burlington, VT Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America on President Obamas speech on September 8, 2011: This speech is an important first step in turning the conversation in Washington back to where it should have been for the last year to jobs. The American people need jobs not cuts and so far no matter how much Democrats have tried to work across the aisle, Republicans have showed that they will always put politics in front of creating actual jobs. Our hope is that the President and Democrats in Congress will back this speech up by standing strong and drawing a line in the sand to protect key investments like Social Security and Medicare which support the middle class, while making more investments in infrastructure that create real jobs. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Tell Eric Cantor: Don't Kill the Dream

Like much of the Northeast, Republican Eric Cantor's district was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Yet, even while families and small business owners struggle to dig their way out and get back to their regular lives, Talking Points Memo reports Eric Cantor is using the hurricane disaster to drive even more cuts to vital programs. "Cantor: Hurricane Disaster Relief Will Have To Be Offset With Program Cuts By Brian Beutler, Talking Points Memo - August 29, 2011, As expected, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will try to see to it that federal disaster aid to regions damaged by Hurricane Irene be offset by concomitant cuts to other federal programs." We're not going to let him get away with it. We announced today that we will be running our new TV ad in Cantor's district. We're updating our new TV ad to target Eric Cantor directly -- using his quote about Hurricane disaster funding -- and hitting the airwaves in-district right before he returns to Washington. Contribute $7 right now to keep the ad on the air now. Republicans are leading an all out assault on Medicare, Social Security, and education. We can stop them if we fight back. It's up to us to make it happen. Please contribute right now to keep our TV ad on the air. In addition to running TV ads, DFA members are also organizing protests outside of Congressional offices and Town Halls. With more than 100 events scheduled, DFA members have already held events in the following congressional districts*: John Campbell CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher CA-46 Jeff Denham CA-19 Kevin Yoder KS-03 Tim Huelskamp KS-01 Steve Southerland - FL-02 Allen West FL 22 David Rivera FL 25 Steve Palazzo - MS-04 Pat Meehan - PA-07 Joe Pitts - PA-16 Leonard Lance - NJ-07 Tim Bishop - NY-01 Nan Hayworth - NY-19 Joe Heck NV-03 *An event was also held to protest Maine Gov. Paul LePage Photo from Rally in Fresno, CA - Protesters Show Up at Denham's Office, WKMJ- NOW News Talk Radio Thank you for all that you do.
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Eric Cantor DKTD Ad Release

*********WATCH NEW CANTOR AD HERE: http://youtu.be/v0GwKgLniIo ************** Burlington, VT Democracy for America announced today that it is expanding it's "Don't Kill the Dream" television ad campaign against Republicans with a new buy in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's district. Last week, DFA announced the ad would run nationally on the Sunday talk shows and in the districts of Reps. David Rivera and Allen West. Republicans are leading an all out assault on Medicare, Social Security, and education, said Levana Layendecker, Communications Director for Democracy for America. We can stop them if we fight back. Thats what this campaign is all about. In an email to DFAs one million members nationwide, members were asked to vote on which Representative was working most actively to kill the American Dream, John Boehner, Eric Cantor or Paul Ryan. In a close vote, Eric Cantor, who threatened to withhold disaster relief funding after an earthquake and a hurricane, won the contest. The ad in Cantors district will be customized to highlight his recent statements on withholding funding for Hurricane relief in exchange for more cuts in critical programs that support the middle class. Watch the new Cantor ad here: http://youtu.be/v0GwKgLniIo (Ad transcript below) In addition to running TV ads, DFA members are also organizing protests outside of Congressional offices and Town Halls. With more than 100 events scheduled, DFA members have already held events in the following congressional districts*: John Campbell CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher CA-46 Jeff Denham CA-19 Kevin Yoder KS-03 Tim Huelskamp KS-01 Steve Southerland - FL-02 Allen West FL 22 David Rivera FL 25 Steve Palazzo - MS-04 Pat Meehan - PA-07 Joe Pitts - PA-16 Leonard Lance - NJ-07 Tim Bishop - NY-01 Nan Hayworth - NY-19 Joe Heck NV-03 *An event was also held to protest Maine Gov. Paul LePage Photo from Rally in Fresno, CA - Protesters Show Up at Denham's Office, WKMJ- NOW News Talk Radio AD TRANSCRIPT: We were city workers in New York State, luckily we had good benefits. We would like to grow old comfortably and get back what we contributed. We would like to see those that we love have the same. -Samuel and Stephanie Levine, Retired I came to the United States when I was 10 years old, because this is the land of opportunity. But opportunities are disappearing on us because Washington has decided to protect millionaires and billionaires and squeeze the middle class. That is not the American dream. -Millie Herrera, Small Business Owner The American dream is having security and knowing that your kids can have security too. -Chris Ossman, Engineer To be able to live a decent life, free of fear about the next medical bill. -Samuel Levine, Retired Being able to get a great education, the greatest in the world. -Austin Brookley, Student The American dream is not just to make a profit in our business, but to be able to sleep at night and know that we are going to be okay. - Annette Taddeo, Small Business Owner But the basic needs of this country are being threatened by whats going on in Washington. -Chris Ossman, Engineer We can let Republicans in Washington kill the American Dream. -Millie Herrera, Small Business Owner CITATIONS: "GOP spending plan would end Medicare". Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 6, 2011 http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2011/04/gop_budget_plan_would_end_medi.html "Republicans plan sharp cuts to education" - Reuters, May 11, 2011 http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/11/us-usa-budget-funding-idUSTRE74A6GC20110511 "Cantor: Disaster Aid to be Offset by Funding Cuts" - Fox News, August 29, 2011 http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/29/306737/cantor-irene-no-relief-without-spending-cuts/ ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. DFA recently spent $700,000 running ads against Republicans in Wisconsin. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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