Over the next couple months, Congress will deliberate in budget negotiations related to budget sequestration and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.
There is a growing group of corporate CEO's and right-wing politicians who are demanding that discussions over these issues include cuts to Medicare and Social Security -- programs that are not responsible for the sequestration and tax cut issues.
Appearing on the Ed Show last night, re-elected independent Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) explained why Social Security should not be a part of these negotiations:
SANDERS: We are in the midst of a horrendous Wall Street-caused recession. We are not going to cut Social Security, which by the way as Harry Reid just reminded us, has nothing to with the recession. We're not going to cut Medicare, we're not going to cut Medicaid.