I’m still not clear on why Democrats are validating Republican deficit hysteria. As Dick Cheney said, “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.” Unless there’s a Democrat in the White House, of course:
Washington, DC — Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future commented on reports that Senate Democratic Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) will present a “50-50” plan for deficit reduction; according to The Hill, the Conrad plan would “balance the burden of reducing the deficit roughly 50-50 between increasing tax revenues and cutting government spending.”
Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future said:
“The Conrad proposal is the first strong Democratic proposal that has come out of these negotiations. Of course the devil is in the details, but 50-50 could be a fair deal for Americans. Let me be clear about what a fair deal would include: No deal without the rich and big corporations sharing in the sacrifice. No deal that would harm the essential programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. No deal that takes more out of the programs for middle income and poor Americans than it takes from tax breaks, loopholes and havens for the rich and the big corporations, and no deal that undermines the economic recovery.
“We encourage Senator Conrad, the President and all the negotiators to stand up for the American people and not shift the burden of the deficit down to the people who need government help the most including sick, elderly and disabled people.”
And children. But apparently our president only cares about his own kids.