The Left Is Taking Aim at Pelosi’s Deficit Obsession
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The Congressional Progressive Caucus has had a surprisingly productive and savvy post-election session. Co-chairs Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin cut a deal with presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to increase the number of CPC members on five key committees, through which nearly all major domestic policy flows. Member Barbara Lee was given a new House leadership position, co-chairing the panel that doles out those committee assignments.
Progressives also convinced leadership to scrap a House rule, implemented by Republicans in 1994, requiring a super-majority vote for raising taxes on the majority of wage-earners, making priorities like Medicare for All or tuition-free college harder to finance. And they are fighting to establish a Select Committee on climate change that would develop “Green New Deal” legislation.
All of these steps are preparatory in nature. Progressive legislation won’t get President Trump’s signature, but eliminating hurdles to such legislation will matter in the future, if and when a more like-minded president takes over. Progressives are finally playing a long game, thinking strategically about how to maximize power once they have it.
But these advances did not come easy, nor are they ensured to stick. There’s also one major hurdle left to topple: the “pay as you go” rule, commonly known as “pay-go,” which demands that all new spending get offset with budget cuts or tax increases. Progressive critics argue that this creates an unlevel playing field, where Republicans blow giant holes in the tax code, as they did last year, while Democrats must pay fealty to the deficit. These critics are now mounting a fight to unshackle a future activist government.
December 26, 2018 at 11:14 AM #5130JustSayinParticipant
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neoliberals have. After the neoliberals took over there is no real LEFT in the dem party just neoliberal hacks.If the deficit mattered the dems would not have given a 800bn check to Trump but rather the deficit squatting is a ploy to stop any and all progressive agenda beforehand
Never expect different result by following the previous steps
December 26, 2018 at 11:51 AM #5145mmonkParticipant
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It’s how they became the 2nd Republican Party though voters never noticed because of the corporate media and both parties propaganda.
Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of People walking on it. - RFK
December 27, 2018 at 1:55 AM #5364eridaniParticipant
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Deficits don’t matter.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
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