Saturday, April 6, 2013

Still Waiting
New Mexico's Cowardly "Democrats" Silent About Obama's Plans To Social Security

Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, our senators, and congress members Michelle Grisham and Ben Lujan, don't have a problem with the president's new budget that would cut Social Security and Medicare.


 I've checked their Facebook pages (they all have them) checked their personal senatorial and congressional web sites, where they post the statements and press releases they issue, and have done Google searches on all of them, looking in vain for any sign that any one of New Mexico's Democrats in Washington has said anything at all about the president's plans to cut Social Security and Medicare, which was the topic of yesterday's post.

I find nothing from them. Silence. Acquiescence. In other words, consent. This budget is fine with them. To their mind, if seniors go back to retiring into poverty in the United States, so what? They'll be OK.


Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, the Socialist senator from Vermont, who is part of the Democratic Caucus and who the media likes to call an Independant, has said something. He issued the following statement on his web site, which has been picked up by the media.

April 4, 2013 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus, issued the following statement in response to reports that President Obama will include the so-called chained-CPI in his budget proposal:
 
Millions of working people, seniors, disabled veterans, those who have lost a loved one in combat, and women will be extremely disappointed if President Obama caves into the long standing Republican effort to cut Social Security and benefits for disabled veterans and their survivors through a so-called chained CPI.  In 2008, candidate Barack Obama told the American people that he would not cut Social Security.  Having him go back on his word will only add to the rampant political cynicism that our country is experiencing today.

If Obama is serious about dealing with our deficit he would not cut Social Security – which has not added one penny to the deficit.  Instead, he would support legislation that ends the absurdity of one out of four profitable corporations paying nothing in federal income taxes.  He would also help us close the offshore tax haven loopholes that enable large corporations and the wealthy to avoid paying $100 billion a year in federal taxes.


Bernie Sanders


Have you ever heard any one of New Mexico's elected Democrats say anything like what he says in this one statement? No, these so-called Democrats like to have their pictures taken handing out awards, and they like to issue statements about how we need to bolster the middle class, but they never say anything that ties them down to doing anything specific. There's a word for people like this. Coward.

Oh, that we had a Bernie Sanders in New Mexico. Oh, that we had Senator Dennis Chavez back, who fought for working people in this country, who voted for Social Security, and who is no doubt turning over in his grave.

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