Please do not yield to outrageous Republican demands that would greatly increase suffering for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. Now is the time to stand with the tens of millions of Americans who are struggling to survive economically, not with the millionaires and billionaires who have never had it so good. – Sen. Bernie Sanders (Shared Sacrifice letter to Pres. Obama)

If only Pres. Obama could channel one-quarter of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ passion (see video above).

But he is having a news conference at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow from the East Room of the White House. Here’s why, in case you’ve been on the beach:

“So far, they’re saying that it’s essential,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “We think it’s a job-killing step that shouldn’t be taken, and Republicans are not interested in going in that direction.” – Mitch McConnell holds ground on taxes

Enough is enough, Sanders is correct. Unfortunately, Pres. Obama simply doesn’t have what it takes to make this case. He simply does not know how to rally the middle class by touching the hearts of the people to raise them up on their on behalf.

The last president who could do that was William Jefferson Clinton.

So, Pres. Obama is still likely to “yield once again.”

Dear Mr. President,

This is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. Decisions are being made about the national budget that will impact the lives of virtually every American for decades to come. As we address the issue of deficit reduction we must not ignore the painful economic reality of today – which is that the wealthiest people in our country and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well while the middle class is collapsing and poverty is increasing. In fact, the United States today has, by far, the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth.

Everyone understands that over the long-term we have got to reduce the deficit – a deficit that was caused mainly by Wall Street greed, tax breaks for the rich, two wars, and a prescription drug program written by the drug and insurance companies. It is absolutely imperative, however, that as we go forward with deficit reduction we completely reject the Republican approach that demands savage cuts in desperately-needed programs for working families, the elderly, the sick, our children and the poor, while not asking the wealthiest among us to contribute one penny.

Mr. President, please listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that deficit reduction must be about shared sacrifice. The wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations in this country must pay their fair share. At least 50 percent of any deficit reduction package must come from revenue raised by ending tax breaks for the wealthy and eliminating tax loopholes that benefit large, profitable corporations and Wall Street financial institutions. A sensible deficit reduction package must also include significant cuts to unnecessary and wasteful Pentagon spending.

Please do not yield to outrageous Republican demands that would greatly increase suffering for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. Now is the time to stand with the tens of millions of Americans who are struggling to survive economically, not with the millionaires and billionaires who have never had it so good.

Respectfully,

Sen. Bernie Sanders;
and Co-signers