“Yes, I do… I believe the President has shown great leadership in what he put forth…” Pelosi, adding, “Yes, the Democrats will stick with the president — and maybe not every single one of them.” [Huffington Post]
WHAT WILL the rest of the congressional Democrats and progressives do?
As for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, she can kiss my mighty fine liberal posterior.
Pelosi has earned the derision I afford her today, so has the White House, as well as every single establishment Democrat who tries to serve this toxic policy brew to the public and call it good news for anyone in the middle class or who’s a senior citizen.
The first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history, and “leader” of House Democrats, has worn out her camera time and her ability to be effective, because all she does is suck up to President Obama and push bad policy to secure a win for him. This has now been proven conclusively with the latest performance by Obama’s House poodle which comes at the expense of the people, including a lot of activists and progressives who helped get the man reelected.
Obviously, I don’t include myself in that crowd, but what I’m hearing is loud enough to blow the roof off the Capitol rotunda.
The Democratic establishment at this point is in full push mode to make sure Obama won’t begin his reelection score sheet with a loss, which has become their only priority. So they’re pushing hard for everyone to fall in line. However, there are some progressive who are being honest about the crap sandwich being served from the White House policy kitchen and are saying so.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky said it’s “a benefit cut -– pure and simple.”
It’s “a Beltway fig leaf that I will never support,” Rep. Raul Grijalva said in a statement today.
Fig leafs are what Nancy Pelosi is all about. Remember the invitation she extended to the representatives of the Catholic bishops during the health care debate, giving them a seat at the policy table? Well, she’s doing it again, only this time Pelosi is getting ready to sell out seniors and the middle class so that President Obama can have a win on the fiscal scheme he’s pushing that 60% of the American public is against.
Greg Sargent got Senator Dick Durbin on the record today saying “no,” to Social Security cuts, while saying there’s no way to tell if congressional Democrats will hold that line in a vote.
Mike Lux, insider Democrat extraordinaire and all around very nice man, whom I have the pleasure of knowing just a little bit, blasted the White House today, while talking about where his loyalties lie. They aren’t with President Obama [or the White House's poodle Pelosi].
I have been having some interesting conversations with Democrats over the last 24 hours about what being a loyal Democrat means with the President seeming likely to go forward with this deal. The point has been made that the Republicans are far worse than Obama on these issues, as all they want to do is to gut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs for the poor, and that is definitely true. The fact that the President is, according to the Washington Post, proposing to exclude SSI disability payments and provide a bump-up in benefits for those 85 and older is a good thing and much appreciated. People have said to me that the President’s heart is in the right place, and that he is working hard to get the best deal he thinks he can get, which may well be true- I gave up judging politicians’ motives long ago. And I have been told I should be a loyal Democrat, that the President is our party’s leader, and we should be unified in supporting him.
But here’s the deal: I didn’t get into politics to help the Democratic party. I came to the Democratic party because they more often wanted to help the people I cared about helping- the poor, the disabled, the middle class folks fighting for a decent life for them and their families. When forced to choose, as it looks like I will in this case, I will choose the people I got into this work to fight for.
My first loyalties are to my middle class family, who will depend heavily on Social Security because they mostly won’t have lots of savings or generous pensions; to the kids I grew up with in a working class part of Lincoln, NE, who are getting ready to retire and mostly don’t have those savings or pensions either; to the people like my late brother Kevin who have lived with serious disabilities, who may or may not be taken care of depending on what is negotiated away next; and to the poor people and seniors who I got to know as a young organizer, like the elderly woman I made a promise to that I would keep fighting for her.
If the President decides to give into Republican demands to cut this kind of deal, thinking that launching a civil war with people like me who were part of his winning coalition in the election is better for the country and worth the trade-off, he will do what feels like he should. The DC pundits will be ecstatic (“the President is so brave to take on those seniors and cut Social Security”). Wall Street will be thrilled, they have been wanting to cut middle class benefits and the Social Security system for years. But on behalf of those people to whom I owe my first loyalties, I will do whatever I can to fight the kind of plan being described in news accounts today.
CREDO, MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Social Security Works all panned President Obama’s latest conservative concoction, saying Social Security cuts were unacceptable.
The fiscal “cliff” is sounding better every day. Wonder if parachutes come in bright red?
Oh, wait a minute. What am I thinking?
The only people impacted by the fiscal scheme nonsense are Wall Street, the top 2% and partisan politicians who think everything is about them and preserving their precious political egos.