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A New Standard for Progressives: Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Austerity People's Budget


A New Standard for Progressives: Lawmakers Unveil Anti-Austerity People's Budget

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) alternative "people's budget" for fiscal year 2017, formally unveiled on Tuesday, which calls for enhanced investments in public infrastructure and renewable energy and public education, as well as wage growth, "would have significant, positive impacts," according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).


Why hasn’t the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) endorsed Sanders? He’s the only candidate running who would give this budget the serious consideration it deserves. He’s certainly the most likely one to implement it.


Yes, this budget will at best be an academic exercise and still life if anybody other than Sanders or a progressive third party candidate moves into the White House on January 20, 2017.


Maybe the PC should change their handle to “Formerly Progressive Shills for Hillary” - like many other Dem corporate sell-outs, those hoping for a spot in a Hillary administration, those just scared of DNC-Clinton family vindictiveness - or union rank and file sold-out by their corrupt bosses.

Here is the list of individual PC members that have endorsed Hillary.


Gotta hand it to Marcy Kaptur, though, for her endorsement of Bernie. Perhaps she’ll make it to the VP nominee short list?


No. Our own modern history clearly shows how and why it’s impossible to save/rebuild the middle class and restore the economy without legitimately addressing poverty.
To my knowledge, the People’s Budget doesn’t do this.

As briefly as possible, the US has been rolling out the austerity agenda for years, slowly and from the bottom up. Now it’s nipping at enough middle class heels to catch the media’s attention. FDR set the stage for rebuilding a functioning economy, and we built on this until Reagan. Then we reversed course.

The US shipped out a huge number of our family-supporting jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s. This created an abundant surplus of job-ready people who are desperate for any job at ANY wage, grateful for the chance to do your job at a fraction of what you’re paid. The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 people who urgently need one. Ever wonder what happens to those who are left out? There is no way back up. Our current response to poverty amounts to jail cells and morgue slabs.

Liberals spent the years of this administration maintaining a pointless pep rally for the middle class, convinced that trickle-down economics is an appropriate response to our poverty crisis. Meanwhile, we’ve only been more deeply divided and subdivided by class and race.

We need an agenda that actually addresses reality, not one that essentially reframes the corporate spiel about eventual trickle down.