12 April 2011

Fighting the Budget and Austerity Hoax

We in the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party simply must find a way to combat this giant budget and spending-cut hoax being perpetrated by the Republicans with feckless opposition from our party.

PLEASE READ this excellent Institute for Policy Studies report by Alison Goldberg, Chuck Collins, Sam Pizzigati and Scott Klinger: Unnecessary Austerity, Unnecessary Shutdown.
"If corporations and households amassing $1 million or more in income each year paid taxes at the same rates as they did in 1961, the Treasury would collect an additional $716 billion a year — $7 trillion over a decade."
 Our society has become vastly more unequal in terms of who pays for essential services, and who reaps the rewards, than it was fifty years ago. We, the people, must DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to begin reversing this trend.  And a big, big part of that is to go back to demanding that the very rich and corporations that want the privilege of doing business in the USA must pay a much, much larger share of the cost of maintaining a civil society.

The Republicans want to destroy the Middle Class. We, the people, must STOP tolerating deception and lies, and stop accepting the myth that there should be no revenue side to the solution to America's long term fiscal problems. We must demand that a more equitable share of the burden be transferred to the very rich and corporations, so that essential public services on which working people and the beleaguered remnants of the Middle Class depend, can be preserved, ans so that resources to make vital public investments in infrastructure and renewable energy will exist. It could hardly be more clear that the future prosperity and essential character of our nation as a government of, by, and for the people is at stake.

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