Ok, weve got 45 million people without health care.
Weve got 35 million living in poverty.
The minimum wage has been frozen at $5.15 an hour for seven and a half years now.
A full 50 percent of students from poor families have to forgo college.
Homeless shelters are turning away people because they dont have enough beds.
And 10 million Americans arent getting enough to eat.
With all of these crushing domestic problems, what does Bush make a priority for his second term as President?
Not solving a single one of them.
No, instead, hes set his sights on two other things: Gutting Social Security and making our tax system even more favorable to the rich.
Leaving aside Bushs skewed priorities, there is a savagery to this approach that is almost breathtaking.
Social Security is all that keeps millions of elderly and disabled Americans from a life of poverty.
By introducing private accounts, Bush will drain Social Security and leave recipients with reduced benefits and no guarantees of a decent public pension.
Meanwhile, Bush will be doling out riches to Wall Street via these privatization accounts, and on top of that, hell be rewarding the already rewarded with tax breaks to boot.
Bush is a redistributionist, from the poor to the rich.
This is grand thievery, and we cant let him get away with it.
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