Sunday, March 29, 2015

US House votes against people's budget, John Nichols reacts

Here is John Nichols' take in The Nation on the recent vote by the US House of Representatives with snippets organized as answers to two questions.

Q1: What does the budget do?

Congressman Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat who serves on the House Budget Committee and as vice chair of the CPC noted, it sought to address the fundamental issue of our time—inequality—with a focus on "leveling the economic playing field by increasing wages for middle- and low-income workers."

The People's Budget proposed the only approach that can work: Start by first asking the wealthy to pay their fair share and making smart cuts to the bloated Pentagon budget, and then use the money to invest in repairing infrastructure repair and expansion, in upgrading energy systems to address climate and providing for debt-free college, workforce training and small businesses expansion. This is a job-creation, investment and growth agenda, as opposed to the austerity and stagnation budgets of Paul Ryan, the former House Budget Committee chairman who now chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.

Q2: And who voted how?

Only ninety-six House Democrats voted Wednesday for the People's Budget, as it was proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The budget was opposed by 330 House members, including eighty-six shame-on-them Democrats and 244 Republicans.

The record of Wednesday's roll call is worth reviewing, especially because it identifies the Democrats who got this most important vote wrong.

Here is the link to the roll call. You can check it out to see which of our AZ representatives voted for/against it.

Well, what do you expect from the Deltas who populate the DC version of Animal House. It is disheartening to see some of our Democratic Representatives joining that frat house. See next post for explanation.

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