This protest sign thanks Republicans for the poverty, but can we also thank most members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC)?
According to a recent article in Common Dreams, three quarters of the CPC (54 members) have not signed a letter which pledges:
“we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits — including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”
What?! If the "progressives" and other Democrats won't fight to protect these War on Poverty programs, who will?
Southern Arizonans can be proud that Congressman Raul Grijalva, CPC co-chair, did sign it (along with 16 members of the caucus, plus five others representatives). In the past 10 days, these Congressional representatives have signed this letter: Brown, Cartwright, Conyers, DeFazio, Ellison, Faleomavaega, Grayson, G. Green, Grijalva, Gutierrez, A. Hastings, Kaptur, Lee, McGovern, Nadler, Napolitano, Nolan, Serrano, Takano, Velazquez and Waters.
You'll note that NONE of Arizona's other Congressional representatives have signed this. Gosh, you'd think we lived in a state that is so wealthy that the citizens they represent don't really need these safety net programs.
Sinema, Pastor, Barber, Kirkpatrick– where are you? I'd say it's time for some phone calls.
Check out the full story here:
Three-Quarters of Progressive Caucus Not Taking a Stand Against Cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
For a list of "progressives" who have not signed it, go here.