Progressives Recoil At Reported Debt Ceiling Deal

From Talking Points Memo:

Progressive groups are speaking out against the debt ceiling deal currently being hashed out in Washington. The response from two of the nation’s largest organizations goes essentially like this: really?!?

Progressives are more than a little upset that the deal does not include new revenues upfront, a line in the sand President Obama drew early on in the process and apparently had to abandon as the cogs of the legislative machinery turned hours before the nation went into default. They’re casting the deal outlined on the Sunday talk shows this morning as a huge win for Republicans — and (yet another) agonizing defeat for the left.

“Seeing a Democratic president take taxing the rich off the table and instead push a deal that will lead to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefit cuts is like entering a bizarre parallel universe,” said Stephanie Talyor, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “One with horrific consequences for middle-class families.”

The PCCC called on Democrats to reject the deal.

“The middle class has sacrificed enough,” she said. “We need jobs, not cuts, to get the economy moving again.”


  1. What’s all this hooplah about debt ceilings and whatnot? This is the first I’ve heard of it. You’d thinkif it were important it’d be on the news or something.

  2. This whole thing is getting so ridiculous. If it didn’t affect my ENTIRE FUTURE I’d be like that gif of Michael Jackson eating popcorn and enjoying the show.

  3. One friend said the Tea Party Republicans should be tried for treason. I’d be content with a horse whipping, tarring and feathering, and running them out of DC on a rail.

  4. Ok here is the conspiracy theory I just made up! Murdoch needed the focus of his phone hacking scandal to go away so he instructed his GOP cronies to make this a big deal and grandstands. Waaalaaa!

  5. When I retire, at 92 cause that’s when social security will kick in, the government will send me enough money to survive ( on dog food), and Medicare will send my my cancer treatment, generic bandages.

    Democracy doesn’t work when people are uneducated, under educated and have no reasoning skills.

    Security? Does it matter if you die from a terrorist or a neighborhood criminal? We spend trillions to protect against the first when the second is far more likely.

    Funny thing is, all of the premises are lies. . Must give the rich money because their companies are too big to fail. Must go to war and defend against non existent WMD’s. Must give away social security ( our money, and medicare, that we paid for) to avoid a fictitious deadline.
    Fool me once shame on- shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.

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