I would love to know how many defense contractors are on the Republicn Party’s speed dial because I am pretty sure that our service men and women aren’t asking for billions in defense spending. I would bet though that if asked, our soldiers would, to the last one, ask for better veteran’s aftercare funding, housing, transitional services and education; a slew of programs that our Republican Party routinely neglects to address in their precious budgets. Moroever why do we always hear about the Republican budgets and little to almost nothing about the Progressive caucus People’s Budget? Our mainstream news media seriously does not do its job when it comes to informing the public as to the other options that exist within our government. I would love to see someone put both budgets next to each other and do a compare and contrast exercise on a Sunday morning news program such as Face the nation and then put the guests through their paces. If I were in charge I would have Mitch McConnell or John Boehner, as representative of the republican perspective, face off against Rep. Keith Ellison or Senator Bernie Sanders, as representatives of the progressive perspective, and see how quickly the moral issues become readily apparent when exposed by the nakedness of numbers and dollars. The People’s Budget as prepared by the Progressive Caucus takes our collective monies and applies it to rebuilding our infrastructure, reinvesting in our educational system, investing in job training and investing in research and development, all to prepare ourselves and the future generations for an ever changing world. What can I say about the Republican budget; their moral document is all about war, greed and the umpteenth repeal of The Affordable Care Act, it has nothing in its plan for the future except for more war and economic instability. I may be a little melodramatic for some who are reading, but given the past under Republican presidencies such as Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2, I don’t think that I am exaggerating in the least. I wish that there were some way for the People’s Budget to get more traction in congress, that would go such a long way to get the bottom half of our society a leg up in the dog eat dog world of ours. In the end, if the Fourth Estate won’t do their job, then it is up to us to agitate for better from our congress, there is no rest for the weary, but these are important issues and we deserve better from our legislators than their budgetary gifts to the defense industry, the finance industry and the millionaires and billionaires alike.
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