This evening’s announcement that the Super Committee on the federal deficit was unable to reach an agreement shows that the Republicans on the committee “have once again shown that if they can’t get their way, they take their marbles and go home,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
“Getting their way” he says, means making the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, letting the top 1 percent off the hook on deficit reduction.
Getting their way means driving the economy further into a ditch—letting Wall Street run amok, refusing to take responsibility for their actions, and blaming everyone else. This, in a nutshell, is how our economy got broken in the first place.
Trumka says “If we want to fix our economy and put America back to work, we have to start focusing on the 99 percent, not the 1 percent.”
Now is the time to start investing in infrastructure that puts people to work right away while laying the groundwork for broadly shared prosperity in the long term. And we have to defend and strengthen the Social Security, Medicaid, unemployment, and Medicare benefits that the 99 percent depend on. The last thing we should do is make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent.
AFSCME President Gerald McEntee says the Republicans on the Super Committee “once again, were unwilling to stand up to Grover Norquist and the Tea Party to find solutions our country’s needs.”
Cutting programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would have a perilous impact on future generations. Congress must now refocus their energy on the jobs crisis in this country and defend the middle class instead of gouging them even further.
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