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We don't actually have to cut taxes on the rich, slash services for everyone, and blow a hole in the deficit.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:51

A Budget for the 99%

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The Republican budget submitted in the House a few weeks back would make fundamental changes for the worst to the lives of all of us if it ever passes. But opposing such a draconian budget is not enough to move us in better directions. As Naomi Klein says, "No is not enough." But there is a viable alternative budget out there released by the largest caucus in Congress. It embodies the budget priorities of most of us -- and it deserves our support this summer.

At a June 7 press conference entitled, “The People Support the People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance,” representatives of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and a host of grassroots advocacy and social justice organizations announced the delivery of over 120,000 petition signatures to Congress in support of the CPC’s People’s Budget.

Organizations and individuals in the Boston area will rally Wednesday morning, May 31, to draw attention to the flaws in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, released May 23, which calls for drastic cuts to vital programs, deep tax cuts for the wealthy, and increased spending on the military.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 18:37

Why We Need the People’s Budget

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Donald Trump’s budget is a mirror of the man: brutal, callous, ignorant, and reckless. It would burden the country with greater inequality, poverty, and misery, more children at risk from illness and hunger, more elderly left abandoned. It would enshrine climate denial into law
 and recommit the country to wars without end. It is also, as John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, announced, “dead on arrival.”

After President Trump’s first 100 days in office, it’s clear that his promises to help the working class were little more than a campaign ploy. His dismantling of Obama-era regulations like the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule and deregulation of the financial industry reveal what he really cares about—lining the pockets of America’s ultra-rich.

At this point, there is no question that President Trump’s populist campaign image was a sham. Six months after the election, however, Democrats and progressives continue to squabble over why they lost, what they stand for and how to move forward.

Out of power in Washington and around the country, Democrats are struggling with how to move forward as a party. Already the jockeying for the 2020 nomination has begun. What policies the party chooses to champion will be essential to how long or short the path will be to recovery.

On Tuesday, the Congressional Progressive Caucus — led by Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) — released its annual “People’s Budget” for 2018. 

The Congressional Progressive Caucus released “The People’s Budget” this week, which it dubs a “roadmap for the resistance.” Maybe the mere mention of a federal budget plan makes your eyes glaze over, but the “People’s Budget” is a dramatic document.

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