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President Obama: We Had Your Back. Do You Have Ours?

Election Day was a rousing victory for progressive and middle-class populism. In the face of this mandate, the “grand bargain” would lower top rates on the wealthy and corporations, target Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security for cuts and inflict job-killing austerity.

 TO DO

Let President Obama know that Americans re-elected him with a mandate to make government work for 100 percent of the people and demand that he resist the assault on the social safety net implicit in the so-called Grand Bargain. After weighing in, share this post with friends, family and your Twitter and Facebook communities.

 TO READ

Writing in Salon, Michael Lind makes a strong case that the “Grand Bargain” is a terrible deal for most Americans.

 TO WATCH

On MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel called on progressives to fight back against the well-funded austerity agenda of the fiscal cliff proponents.

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