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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rep. Raul Grijalva: I Will Not Support the Emerging Debt Deal! (Dem NM Delegation and Candidates Mute Except for Eric Griego)

There's at least one real Democrat left in the House -- the courageous and proudly liberal Raul Grijalva. I personally will not vote for any Democrat who votes for the "deal" that gives away the store on every core Dem value and extracts nothing of value in return. The "deal" contains provisions that are incredibly anti-working and middle class, anti-everything we believe in. Yet Obama and others are painting it as a victory for "compromise" despite the horrific content of the "compromise."

Obama has made a habit of putting process -- which he and his handlers think makes him look like a sensible, balanced centrist -- over content. Anyone even scanning the content that's emerging on this deal can clearly see that it will create an expanding nightmare for ordinary Americans for decades to come. It is profoundly anti-Democratic, and even anti-democratic with its "Super Congress" provisions and horrendous triggers. And yet I predict almost all of our Dem elected officials and candidates will tout it as a huge victory. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our elected Dems and candidates should be pushing the President relentlessly to raise the debt ceiling using the 14th amendment and nothing else. I haven't heard a peep on that score out of Rep. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Sen. Jeff Bingman, Sen. Tom Udall, Senate candidate Hector Balderas or NM-01 candidate Marty Chavez. CD-1 candidate Eric Griego has been the only one pushing for the 14th amendment way out of this horror story. Bravo on that score.

Rep. Grijalva's powerful statement, released today:

I Will Not Support the Emerging Debt Deal

When a crisis faces our nation, and decisions have to be made, we look to our elected officials to provide the guidance and direction that will help us persevere. In the face of this manufactured debt ceiling crisis, many Members of Congress have failed to lead and are willing to substantially weaken many of the programs that make our nation great.

I will not support the emerging debt deal

I will have no part of a deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to appease the farthest reaches of the right wing of the Republican Party. It is unconscionable to put these programs on the chopping block and ignore the voices and beliefs of the millions of Americans who trust us to lead while continuing to give handouts to the ultra wealthy and the largest corporations. There is no human decency in that.

Rather than fly the standard of the working Americans who voted them into office, some Members of Congress are content to raise the white flag and call it “bipartisanship” or a “grand bargain”. Many elected officials yearn to be leaders, but this debt deal shows that too many of them settle for being politicians.

We Progressives have stood strong against the GOP’s shameless political maneuverings and disastrous ideas. When the GOP introduced the Ryan Plan to cut taxes for the rich and kill Medicare while adding $6 trillion in new debt over the next decade, we stood strong against their irrational and irresponsible plans. We offered another path and introduced the People’s Budget, a straightforward and realistic plan to address our nation’s short- and long-term economic needs without placing the burden on the backs of working Americans. It would balance the budget by 2021, protect the social safety net, end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and importantly, put Americans back to work.

We have made our position clear for months: any deal must balance cuts and revenue. It is morally unjust to ask those Americans who are hurting the most in this recession to shoulder the burden of the GOP’s irresponsible fiscal policies. Today, Progressives and everyone we represent were thrown under the bus. Rather than upholding the commitments made to our seniors and working families, this deal allows the wealthy and big corporations to keep their expensive federal handouts while cutting aid to the families who need it most.

My Progressive colleagues and I pressed Democratic leadership and the Obama administration to join us in opposing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. To accept this deal is to weaken the credibility of the Democratic Party. If we do not stand up for working Americans now, who will be their voice? If we do not stand up for working Americans now, will they ever trust us to again?

I reject this deal, and the American people reject this deal. The only thing we have left to do is repair the damage the GOP has done to our nation as soon as possible.

July 31, 2011 at 06:48 PM in Children and Families, Corporatism, Democratic Party, Economy, Populism, Eric Griego, Hector Balderas, NM Congressional Delegation, Obama Administration, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (NM-03), Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Right Wing, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen. Tom Udall, Senior Citizens, Taxes | Permalink

Comments

Sadly this is all bluster - he voted for essentially the same trash yesterday ( see the post Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted for Yesterday ) at firedoglake.com

He can posture all he wants now - the Republicans have the votes and can pass it without his help. He is worthless. Please don't pen any hopes on him.

Now that Obama has definitely and positively sold out the beliefs of the Democratic Party can't we move on and realize he is a disaster and tell the folks at Obama for America that they should be ashamed of working for the corporate clown and they can take their requests, bumpers stickers and posters and shove them all up their ---!

Posted by: Mike Folsom | Jul 31, 2011 7:42:48 PM

Ben, Tom, Jeff and Martin. Are you really going to vote against Democratic values? How can you justify yourselves?
Where are you statements on this issue now?
If you vote for cuts without revenue and for cuts to our social insurance payouts, I will not vote for you.
Demand a clean debt ceiling vote without any Grand scheme tied to it. Never in our history has a debt ceiling vote been coupled with a budget bill. Why now when this nation is in so much need of employment? Why now? Why are you allowing the radical right to extort this nation?

Posted by: qofdisks | Jul 31, 2011 8:26:39 PM

You are wrong Mike Folsom and so is FDL. Yesterday's vote was only a procedural vote. Get your facts straight.

Posted by: Old Dem | Jul 31, 2011 8:27:58 PM

Sorry but you can't dispute the fact that Grijalva caved on the public option. His bluster now is all for show - there are enough Rethugs to pass it without his vote.

Personally I don't care if its a procedural matter or not - its all Kabuki Theater anyway. Anything that helps either the Reid or Republican bill is an insult to the beliefs of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Mike Folsom | Jul 31, 2011 9:11:24 PM

I agree with Paul Krugman's assessment that this is not a good solution, and the fact that Republicans are able to actually threaten the nation's economic health to create an offer Obama couldn't refuse brings into question whether democracy can function.

But I also have to wonder if the Tea Party may not cause a reaction as people who voted for extreme Republicans show buyer's remorse. A few more and better Democrats in the House and Senate would begin to improve things. This fight is not over by any means.

The answer to the question "what kind of country are we?" cannot be answered by people who seem to want to take us back to a world described by Dickens.

Posted by: Stuart Heady | Aug 1, 2011 8:13:11 AM

Where is the NM Democratic party in this? I truly think that the onus of this debt ceiling vote will fall on the states. Especially the poorer states like New mexico who derives most of its' revenue from the feds. if the feds cut us ,the states will make more and deeper cuts. Medicaid, food stamps,unemployment etc. Our state party has to take a stand and speak out. I am very disappointed in Obama's position in all this. My question is where do we go from here?

Posted by: Stephanie DuBois | Aug 1, 2011 10:05:26 AM

Stephanie asks:
"My question is where do we go from here?"

Unless you want more of the same you should forget voting for any Democrat that comes along.

Re: the state Party - they will do as the DNC tells them.

Posted by: Mike Folsom | Aug 1, 2011 5:57:58 PM

So Mike what are your solutions? Don't vote for any Democrat no matter what and let the country default on its debts? What's your plan? It's easy to piss and moan but what constructive suggestions do you have?

It's almost funny that you think Grijalva is part of the problem. Are there any politicians in the whole country that are perfect in your book?

Posted by: Will | Aug 1, 2011 7:04:38 PM