The debt ceiling deal struck last night does not tax the rich or even allow temporary tax cuts on the rich to expire. Nor does it defund any wars. Yet it requires cuts of $1.2 trillion now and $2.5 trillion over a decade.
Details of much of the cutting will be worked out by a new 12-member Super Congress empowered to cut any spending, and to force a rushed vote with no amendments on whatever it proposes to the actual Congress. And if that antidemocratic procedure fails, cuts will happen automatically. Half of those cuts might be to the military, but that should be seen before believed, and the devil will be in the details — details being rammed through under the gun of a manufactured crisis.
Will you take two minutes today and send this message to Congress before the vote?
The President gives us credit for solving his non-problem: “The voice of the American people is a powerful thing,” he remarked Sunday night. But has anyone in Washington heard that voice? Your efforts have added more Congress members to the list of those committed to protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
But compare how you would spend the federal budget to how it is spent. We guarantee the two are miles apart, and about to get much more distant.
This is a terrible deal. Tell Congress to reject it now.
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