Senator: Boehner Plan Would Cut Benefits For Disabled Vets

GOP House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff would slash benefits for disabled veterans, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders, the left-leaning Vermont independent. A member of the Senate Budget and the Veterans’ Affairs committees, Sanders says deficits must be reined in, but not by taking benefits away from more than 3 million disabled veterans, many of them injured fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sanders’ criticism was aimed at a proposal offered on Monday by Boehner, which would combine massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid with new tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. The Boehner plan calls for a new method to calculate inflation by using a so-called chained CPI that would reduce annual … Continue reading

Poor Reception Opens Opportunity For Dems

Americans don’t really like what they see in Rep. Paul Ryan as the new GOP vice-presidential candidate, and that gives President Obama and other Democrats an important chance to define the Minnesota Republican in the eyes of voters. A new Gallup poll finds just 39 percent who think Ryan is an “excellent” or “pretty good” vice presidential choice. In the USA Today story about the poll, even a Romney pollster admits Ryan is not well-known among Americans. That lack of identity provides Democrats a perfect opportunity to paint a negative picture of Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House Budget Committee best-known for a deeply conservative federal budget proposal which would essentially privatize Medicare. That’s just what Democrats and their allies are … Continue reading

Citizens United Called Opportunity For Billionaires ‘To Own the United States Government’

As polls begin to show that the current and unprecedented torrent of negative TV attack ads are taking their toll on both presidential candidates, a leading opponent of the Supreme Court decision which makes such unlimited campaign spending spoke out Tuesday to overturn the ruling. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the left-leaning Vermont independent, appeared before a Senate committee to reiterate his long-held and fierce opposition to the high court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, a ruling which swept aside decades of bipartisan regulation of campaign finance. Sanders revealed for the first time that at least 23 billionaire families have contributed a minimum of $250,000 each so far in this year’s campaigns. “My guess is that number is really much greater because many … Continue reading