February 27, 2013

Three-Quarters of Progressive Caucus Not Taking a Stand Against Cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Norman Solomon, Huffington Post - For the social compact of the United States, most of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has gone missing.

While still on the caucus roster, three-quarters of the 70-member caucus seem lost in political smog. Those 54 members of the Progressive Caucus haven’t signed the current letter that makes a vital commitment: “we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”

...The House members on the short list of the letter’s signers deserve our praise for taking a clear stand: Brown, Cartwright, Conyers, DeFazio, Ellison, Faleomavaega, Grayson, G. Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, A. Hastings, Kaptur, Lee, McGovern, Nadler, Napolitano, Nolan, Serrano, Takano, Velazquez and Waters.

1 comment:

Mark Robinowitz said...

And half of them are only taking this stand because they know their opposition won't change the outcome.

DeFazio in particular is pushing for privatization of Federal forests in his district administered by the Bureau of Land Management that belong to all US citizens (not to mention future generations).
He is also pushing for increased highway spending and promoting a nuclear power start up company in Corvallis, Oregon.

I gave up on the Democrats, "progressive" or not, two decades ago. Their good cop bad cop game is sad, but at least I'm not disappointed by them.