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People’s Budget Formally Unveiled Amid GOP Dystopia and Dysfunction


People’s Budget Formally Unveiled Amid GOP Dystopia and Dysfunction

Isaiah Poole

The fiscal 2017 People’s Budget was formally unveiled Tuesday by leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on the same day that House Republicans released their own dystopian spending plan – and found that conservatives were criticizing it for not being austere enough.

It was a day of sharp contrast between the progressive vision of a government working to strengthen working families and make our economy and politics more fair, and a conservative vision of government all but abandoning struggling families while coddling the wealthy and powerful.


This budget brought to U.S. by The Koch Brothers and their billionaire pals:

“The budget also contains a stunning list of policy and spending proposals. They include pulling funding from green energy programs and promoting hydraulic fracking of fossil fuels, ending support for Amtrak and new urban mass transit projects, shutting down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, repeal the Affordable Care Act without a specific plan to replace it, create a parallel privatized Medicare system, turn Medicaid into a state block grant program without “intrusive federal dictates,” and likewise the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as “food stamps”) would also be turned into a state block grant program.”

What kind of pathology is it that upon witnessing a generation of children tainted by lead poisoning… would double-down to continue in THAT direction?

The bastards that want to cripple the minimum wage need to face a WEALTH CAP!

When enormous sums solidify into a handful of greedy hands, it’s the recipe for absolute evil.

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis recognized that a nation could EITHER have enormous concentrations of wealth OR Democracy… but not both.

The Koch Brothers, ALEC, Pete Peterson and THAT group are funding lawyers, think tanks, lobbyists, and PR personnel who write what now passes for too much in the way of law and public policy.

These individuals have so much more than they need yet DENY others the basic necessities. THAT should be a crime!

It’s said that in early Indigenous tribal society, any individual demonstrating greed would be shunned by the tribe.

THAT needs to happen in the U.S.

Instead of the Gordon Gecko “greed is good” nonsense, these people should be faced with public opprobrium.


Actually, we’ve made the minimum wage irrelevant. Think about it. The US shipped out a huge share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s. We created an abundant surplus of job-ready people who are absolutely desperate for any job at any wage – grateful for a chance to replace you at far less than you are paid. There’s nothing to fall back on. Why pay more? This is how our deregulated, “free market” capitalism is supposed to work. Survival of the fittest.


As far as I can tell, this is a “Some People’s Budget.” How does it address our poverty crisis? It appears to be a rehashing of “trickle down economics.”

Here’s reality: Not everyone is able to work (health, etc.) and there aren’t jobs for all. The US shipped out a huge share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s. You can’t buy a loaf of bread with promises of eventual jobs. And, as our own 20th century history shows, it’s impossible to save/rebuild the middle class without shoring up the poor, putting rungs on the proverbial ladder out of poverty.

We need a legitimate People’s Budget – one that addresses reality.


Just watched The Big Short. This is what happens when Wall Street rules.