Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stand with Bernie

Tomorrow, we're organizing a massive day of action to stand with Bernie Sanders and say no to extending the Bush tax breaks for the top 2%. We're calling it a "Phone-In Filibuster" to stop the millionaire tax bailout. Can you join in by calling Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand tomorrow? Click here to sign up:

Dear MoveOn member,

On Friday, Bernie Sanders became a national hero when he took to the floor of the Senate and spoke against the deal to extend the Bush tax breaks for the rich for almost 9 hours. 

Bernie's old-fashioned filibuster continued a growing backlash against this millionaire tax bailout. And he asked just one thing before he stopped—that we all call our senators on Monday, which is when the Senate is expected to vote on the deal. So we're joining forces to do just that.

We're calling it a "Phone-In Filibuster" to stop the millionaire tax bailout. Just as Bernie took over the Senate with his one-man protest for the ages, we'll keep it going with a non-stop flood of phone calls on Monday.

But to pull it off, we need a steady stream of calls all day long. So we're asking you to sign up today and let us know about what time you plan to call New York's Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. We'll shoot you a quick reminder tomorrow when the time comes to pick up the phone. Click here to sign up:

As President Obama said, the middle class is being held hostage by the Republicans, and for ransom they're demanding a massive tax break for the rich.1

Sadly, President Obama agreed to pay that ransom by extending the Bush tax breaks for the top 2% of earners, lowering the estate tax from its previous level, and cutting the payroll tax for one year, which would undermine the key source of revenue for Social Security. The deal would also continue unemployment insurance for 13 months and extend other tax cuts supported by both Democrats and Republicans.2

But the richest Americans are likely to reap the lion's share of the benefit from this deal—and economists agree that tax breaks for the top 2% are the least effective for creating jobs.3

And not only is this terrible economic policy—it sets an awful precedent. You see, if you reward hostage-takers, it only encourages them to take more hostages.

That's why House Democrats rejected the deal last week. Now it's up to us to demand that our voices be heard—just like Bernie Sanders did. You can help by signing up today for Monday's Phone-In Filibuster. Click here to sign up:

Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Robin, Steven, Ilyse, and the rest of the team

P.S. Can you also forward this email to five friends today? The more people involved in the Phone-In Filibuster, the stronger the message to Washington.


1. "President Obama: Tax Cuts for Wealthy Are Republicans' 'Holy Grail,'" ABC News, December 7, 2010

2. "Deal Struck on Tax Package," The Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2010

3. "Will Obama really end tax cuts for rich in 2012?" The Washington Post, December 10, 2010

"Rich Americans Save Tax Cuts Instead of Spending, Moody's Says," Bloomberg, September 14, 2010

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