“Balanced Approach” Means Cut Spending
Less than one month out from the election and hundreds of union members are already marching on Capitol Hill today to pressure lawmakers and the White House to cave on their campaign promises to cut spending, reform entitlement programs and address our more than $16 trillion national debt. Major union organizations like the AFSCME, the SEIU, and the National Education Association have also launched six-figure television ad-buys opposing any cuts to Medicare and Social Security. And Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, sent a letter to Congress claiming that the election results were a mandate to leave entitlements alone.
Meanwhile, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged that entitlement programs are the major drivers of our debt and that any serious “balanced approach” to averting the fiscal cliff must curb our nation’s spending habit. In fact, the CBO recently issued a report finding that the only outcome with a worse long-term impact than going over the fiscal cliff is continuing on our current path to more than $21 trillion indebt by the year 2017. The question is whether President Obama and Congressional leaders will keep their word to make the tough decisions we need or bend totheir union-boss allies pushing for the statusquo.
Hundreds Of Union Activists Lobbying Washington To Do Nothing On Entitlements:
Union Members Head To Capitol Hill To Lobby For Entitlements And Let Tax Cuts Expire. “Union members from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National Education Association(NEA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will also be on Capitol Hill this week to lobby lawmakers. … The head of the nation’s largest labor federation cites this month’s election results — specifically Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama — as reason not to cut into entitlement programs or keep tax cuts for the country’s wealthy.” (Kevin Bogardus, “Union Members Fly To Washington To Lobby Lawmakers On ‘Fiscal Cliff,’” The Hill, 11/26/12)