August 1, 2011: The debt ceiling bill just passed in the House of Representatives. It will require $2.1 trillion in spending cuts; however, there are no tax increases in the bill. This bill should not be surprising to anyone since Vice President Joe Biden and others leaked word out over a month ago about Democratic administrative officials agreeing to $2 trillion in budget cuts in private White House negotiations with Republican leaders.
What is disturbing is President Barack Obama’s support of this bill, which will result in painful cuts to social programs as social security, medicare, medicaid, etc., without any tax increases on the super rich. Is this sharing the pain, President Barack Obama? Since you have taken office, the rich have gotten all the gains, and the lower and middle classes all the pain.
Three Democratic Connecticut Representatives were among those who voted against this bill, expressing their opposition to the spending cuts affecting the hard-working classes of America and to the absence of tax revenues, sparing the rich from sharing any pain of our nation’s economy: John Larson, Chris Murphy, and Rosa DeLauro. Thank, God, Connecticut’s middle and lower classes have three voices in the House of Representatives.
Connecticut Representatives Jim Hines and Joe Courtney sided with the rich and powerful corporate interests, voting for the spending cuts without any tax increases. We can only pray that their constituents will vote them out of office in 2012. Or perhaps they should run as Republicans in 2012, since they are more concerned about Wall Street, the rich, the powerful, the corporate interests, than the struggling families in our country.
One can only hope that Senator Richard Blumenthal will vote against the bill tomorrow; however, we know that Joe Lieberman will support the bill because he has made well-known his allegiance to Wall Street and corporate America over his many years of service in the Senate to these institutions. He will not be missed by the working families of Connecticut and America.
Again, please convey your thanks to Connecticut Democratic Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Chris Murphy, and John Larson for representing the interests of the lower and middle classes by voting against this debt ceiling bill.
True to form, President Barack Obama has shown himself once again to be the “mascot of Wall Street”. This is not the bill that middle class America needed nor wanted. 82% of Americans wanted taxes to be raised on the rich; and nearly as many wanted defense spending cut, not programs like social security, medicare, and medicaid.
One can only wonder why Nancy Pelosi voted for this bill. Isn’t she the leader of the House Democrats? Shouldn’t she be heeding the voices of labor? It’s time for her to go as the leader of the House Democrats, along with Obama, Biden, Hines, Courtney, and all Democrats who supported this bill. Shame on them.
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