Friday, April 22, 2011

Shame on you, Rep. Herrera Beutler


Don’t listen to what the Republican noise machine is telling you. The latest budget battle is about values, not numbers.


The House Republicans have approved the Ryan Budget, which gives huge tax breaks to wealthy families and corporations while ending Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. 
As President Obama said in his speech on Wednesday, this budget battle is about two visions of America. Do you believe in a future that is “deeply pessimistic”? Or do you believe in America as “the land of opportunity and optimism”? (1) 
The House Republicans are getting bolder. They will keep up their war on the middle class unless we make our voices heard. Will cuts to Social Security be next?
 
Jaime Herrera Beutler, voted against Medicare and Medicaid -- and for tax breaks for the wealthy -- with her YES vote on the Ryan Budget. Will you co-sign my letter denouncing her vote?
 
Even if you look at the numbers in the Ryan Budget, they just don’t add up.
Republicans want to cut spending on government programs over the next decade by $4.3 trillion. And they want to cut tax revenues over the same period by $4.2 trillion. 
History is not on the side of the Ryan Budget. When President Reagan cut taxes, the deficit hit a peacetime high of 6 percent of gross domestic product. On the flip side, when President Clinton increased taxes on the wealthiest, we had four straight years of budget surpluses. (2)
The Ryan Budget is bad public policy and bad economics. Please join me in denouncing your Representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler, for her vote on the Ryan Budget:
Thank you for co-signing my letter and for all of your support. 
Best,
Dwight Pelz 
Washington State Democrats Chair
 

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.