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  • Democratic Congressman Admits Democrat Budget 'Hurts Families'

    Michael Kinsley once wrote that in Washington, a “gaffe” is when a politician tells the truth. This certainly was the case last week as even Democratic lawmakers admitted that the Democratic budget raises taxes on middle-class families.

    Over the past few months Democrats have boasted of three special election wins, taking districts previously thought to be safe for Republicans. While many saw these victories as a win for liberals, a vote on the Democratic budget last week revealed a wide ideological divide between the new members, who are closest in touch to their constituents, having faced the voters most recently, and the far left leadership of Speaker Pelosi. All three newly elected members, Congressmen Childers (MS-1), Cazayoux (LA-6), and Foster (IL-14), chose to buck leadership, and vote against their own party’s budget.

    Newly-elected Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) released a statement last week, reacting to the recently passed liberal budget resolution, admitting:

    “This bill hurts families all across the 14th District by eliminating the 10-percent bracket for lower-income taxpayers, reinstating the marriage penalty and increasing taxes on small businesses and investments.

    I campaigned on a platform of middle class tax relief, and I was elected to Washington to bring about change. When asked to choose between my party and the people I represent, I will choose the families of the 14th District every single time.”

    This straight talk is striking given Speaker Pelosi’s statement that very same day stating,

    “The federal budget is more than just the government’s balance sheet. It is a statement of our values and priorities as a nation.”

    The new Congressman shows what it’s like to represent middle-American values. Middle-American values include keeping spending under control and keeping taxes from rising, a fact Congressman Foster refreshingly seems to understand full well. While this bloated budget may represent Speaker Pelosi’s “values and priorities,” they certainly do not represent the average American’s.

    As Heritage senior policy analyst Brian Riedl recently noted, the budget passed by 214 Democrats last week:

    • Assumes tax increases topping $3 trillion over the next decade, or $3,135 per household annually
    • Includes 64 reserve funds that could be used to raise taxes by hundreds of billions more
    • Increases discretionary spending by 8 percent for the second consecutive year and does not terminate a single wasteful program
    • Completely ignores the impending explosion of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid costs
    • Creates rules that bias the budget toward tax increases
    • Assumes that Congress will violate its own PAYGO rules.

    At a time of rising gas prices and economic instability, increasing the financial burden on hardworking middle-class Americans is the last thing Congress should be voting for.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    3 Responses to Democratic Congressman Admits Democrat Budget 'Hurts Families'

    1. Pedro, Miami says:

      Why is this budget NOT surprising? Oh yeah, because raising taxes is what liberals like to do!

      As Americans, we need to send a message to Congress that we will not accept the wasteful spending of OUR money. At least we have three Democrats who understand the problem…

      But, where is the Republican alternative budget? The Republicans are beginning to act like the Democrats of a few years ago who simply objected to everything but never provided an alternative. Further, the Republican allowed the federal government to grow under their "leadership."

      Where are America's conservative principles?

    2. John Rogers, Florida says:

      June 18 (Bloomberg) — Edmund Phelps, a professor at Columbia University and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for economics, talks with Bloomberg's Tom Keene about Federal Reserve monetary policy, the U.S. dollar's decline and the rise in oil prices.

      Phelps, a Columbia University professor, co-invented modern macroeconomics—the study of aggregate output, inflation, and unemployment, and the policies that affect them. The ideas that all mainstream economists now carry around in their heads.

      The rats are jumping overboard as the economic ship sinks. Go listen to Edmund Phelps and his latest revelation on how productivity may not be the direction we need to be going in, and he states that the future for the U.S. economic growth is over, and nothing short of an unforeseen next big thing like another internet boom will revive us. He now sees that we will continue to loose jobs and collapse for as far into the future as we can see. Trickle down economics has trickled out, and the Republicans are looking like ass-clowns. The big globalist visionary men see a new paradigm for America, and it does not look good. Free Trade just got body slammed!!!

    3. Vicki Eilenberger, L says:

      Wow! There is hope for this nation. Honest politicians? How can this be?

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