Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 1, 2012, 3:02 p.m. EST by VQkag2
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Thank you for the support that you have given me during this campaign. The result: We have received more individual campaign contributions than any other incumbent senator -- over 140,000 separate contributions. An incredible number! And you made it happen.
At a time when billionaire funded PACs are pouring millions into campaigns, our average individual contribution is $45. Yes, $45. In other words, because of your support we have shown that a progressive campaign can raise the money it needs without becoming dependent upon wealthy campaign contributors or Big Money interests.
As I promised you we would do, we are in the process of completing a very strong grass-roots campaign. By Election Day, we will have held some 45 political town meetings in every area of Vermont -- including some of our smallest towns. At these meetings, which last at least 1 ½ hours, serious political discussion takes place (along with great music and food). Our goal here is not just to win votes. It is to educate, organize and get people involved in the political process. By the time this campaign ends I will, at these meetings alone, have spoken to some 7,000 Vermonters (please remember, we are a state of only 630,000). Click here to watch! In case you missed it, click here to watch a video of our 41st campaign meeting.
Further, with our great staff and volunteers, we will have knocked on some 20,000 doors throughout the state -- and distributed thousands of lawn signs.
I am proud of the grass-roots campaign we have run. It is, to my mind, an alternative to the 'war of negative ads' that is the way most political campaigns are run these days. We are educating people about political realities, building new political communities, increasing -- not diminishing -- voter turnout. All of this would not have been possible without your support.
In my view, during the next five days, we have got to do everything we can to defeat right-wing extremism. We have got to re-elect President Obama, make sure the Democrats continue to control the Senate, and do everything we can to expand Democratic seats in the House.
But that is not enough!
On the day after the election we must aggressively make certain that President Obama and the Democrats address the needs of the struggling middle class of this country. We must demand that they stand up forcefully to the Big Money interests who have so much power and influence over what goes on in Washington.
As the lame duck session approaches on November 13, our demand must be: the White House and Congress must not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor -- the people who are already suffering because of this horrendous Wall Street caused recession. NO CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID and other important programs which millions of working families depend upon.
Deficit reduction is important, but there are ways to do it that are fair and economically responsible. The deficit was largely caused by two unpaid for wars, tax breaks for the rich, an unpaid for Medicare Part D prescription drug program and a significant decline in revenue because of the recession.
The way to go forward with deficit reduction AND raising the revenue needed for a strong jobs program is to ask the wealthy and large corporations to start paying their fair share in taxes, and to end the absurd policies which allow the rich and corporate interests to stash trillions in tax havens in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere to avoid paying U.S. taxes. We must also take a hard look at excessive and unneeded military spending as well as waste which exists in many other federal agencies.
These are very tough times for our country. The rich are getting richer while the middle class continues to decline. Corporate political power, because of the absurd Citizens United Supreme Court decision, is now at an all time high. Women’s rights are under fierce attack from right-wing extremists. Global warming threatens the stability of the planet. Among many other issues!
Can we win this struggle? Yes! But only if we stay involved and keep fighting.
Once again, thank you very much for your support. There are five days left until this vitally important election. Let’s get out the vote and do everything we can to win.