The Budget Showdown: Jobs & Care or Cuts?
This week, Jobs with Justice joined with progressive organizations and unions across the country to remind the President and Members of Congress that this election was a clear indicator that the majority of Americans need want jobs and a caring economy.
Our very own Sarita Gupta joined over two dozen other labor and progressive leaders in a full-page open letter to President Obama and Members of Congress in the Washington Post.
Wall Street, CEOs, and those responsible for the financial crisis are now in a panic over the upcoming “fiscal cliff,” but the current proposals being discussed to reach a “grand bargain” are actually proposals for a Grand Rip Off -- they include devastating cuts to Medicaid and other vital programs.
The question before us--who will pay to close the deficit -- the richest 2% or us? Let’s remember that for years, corporations and the 1% have paid less and less taxes, and made record profits while working families have endured record unemployment and cuts to programs across the board.
We sent a clear message this past Tuesday at the polls. Starting today, we are sending a message our elected officials that the people’s mandate is a Fair Deal or No Deal.
- In Missouri, Jobs with Justice and allies held events outside Senator Claire McCaskill's St. Louis and Kansas City offices – calling on her to keep her promises to protect Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, during the upcoming budget talks.
In South Bend, Indiana, Jobs with Justice and labor leaders met directly with Senator-elect Joe Donnelly, asking him to pledge to let the Bush tax cuts expire and to protect our vital programs.
- In Boston, hundreds of people packed into Dudley library to send their elected representatives back to Washington with a mandate to focus on “Jobs, Not Cuts.”
The budget showdown has only just begin – let's continue to organize and get into the streets for Care Not Cuts!