Liberal group pressures Dems not to give in on spending cuts
March 2nd, 2011
03:53 PM ET
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Liberal group pressures Dems not to give in on spending cuts

Washington (CNN) – As Senate Democrats grapple with how much to compromise with Republicans on spending cuts, a liberal group is launching new television ad to pressure Democrats to resist going too far.

The ad by Moveon.org, which the group says will run on national cable stations for one week, asks whether Democrats will “stop” Republicans in their quest to cut education and environmental programs that many Democrats call crucial.

“Democratic Senators are the last line of defense against the Republicans’ immoral slash-and-burn budget,” said Justin Ruben, Executive Director of MoveOn.org.

Senate Democrats have said they are willing to make some cuts to the budget this year, but have not yet said how much, or what programs.
While liberals are pressing Democrats not to slash too much spending, moderate Democrats are calling on leaders to be aggressive in spending cuts.

“We have to bring spending down and we have to bring the national debt down because it will help our economy and lift an unfair burden we’re passing onto our children,” said Nebrasa Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat up for re-election next year.


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  1. gt

    we waste tons of money on education and the enviroment.. we need to cut defense ... we waste millions on crap ..watch the commericals...

    March 2, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    “Democratic Senators are the last line of defense against the Republicans’ immoral slash-and-burn budget,” said Justin Ruben, Executive Director of MoveOn.org.
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    What planet is this buffoon living on?! The country and almost every state is on the edge of bankruptcy and these whack jobs think nothing needs to be cut? THESE ARE THE VERY EASY CUTS and they even oppose those! These cuts are DROP IN THE BUCKET compared to the $1.6 TRILLION DEFICIT this year alone.

    The facti s the left fears the END of their wealth re-distribution schemes that are accomplished via government programs and the tax code. These very same policies have destroyed economies in Europe and are doign the same here. The gravy train has come to the end of the tracks lefties. The day of reckoning is HERE.

    March 2, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    I wonder what Moveon.org thinks about government debt. Is it okay to have future generations of Americans paying half of what they earn every year to pay interest on money we are borrowing in 2011? Do they think it is okay to continue running our nation's debt past $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the country? That's about where it is at now.

    March 2, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Bob in PA

    Immoral, the only thing immoral is the little commies at Moveon.org.

    March 2, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. MJ

    Play up the sympathy for Teachers and Firemen. Democrats had no problem bailing out Banks and the Auto Industry. Which, by the way, are laughing all the way to the bank to deposit the big bonuses to the morons who run them. The so-called Environmental programs will do nothing more than increase our costs for fuel, natural gas, groceries, and everyday necessities.

    March 2, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. A Real American

    DemoCommunists for a Better Way – Bankruptcy, you're not too bright are you? Taxes are the lowest they've been in 50 years. The problem is that the median wage hasn't gone up in 30 years. All of the economic growth of the last 3 decades must have gone somewhere. If not in our paychecks, then where? Hmmm... It's time to close the loopholes and raise the rates to something more reasonable and make the rich parasites pay their fair share again.

    March 2, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Inmyopinion

    I bet most leaders of Moveon.org live a pretty good life with all those donations they collect. I doubt their children will ever worry about carrying a burden from our national debt as those monies their parents collect in high salaries will keep them living comfortably, attending exclusive schools, colleges, camps, restaurants, etc.... Isn't Joan Blades also a blogger at the Huffington Post, how much is she getting paid for that?? Do we really think Eli Pariser is worrying about paying his mortgage or electrical bill?

    March 2, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. A Real American

    It's hilarious that you conservatives are so jealous of public employees because they still have what most American workers used to have before profits became more important than people. I'm sorry that none of you had the stones to stand up and fight when it was all being taken away from you. Enjoy your shrinking wages and non-existent benefits, suckers.

    March 2, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "The facti s the left fears the END of their wealth re-distribution schemes that are accomplished via government programs and the tax code. These very same policies have destroyed economies in Europe and are doign the same here. The gravy train has come to the end of the tracks lefties."

    Yes, and they've been so effective at creating a "gravy train" and re-distributing the wealth of the "haves" to the "have nots" that (and I'll keep citing these facts until I'm blue int he face or it finally clicks for you retards):

    Top 2% saw their wealth and assets increase by 281% since 1979 while middle-class saw somewhere between no grwoth and 25%.

    Middle-class salaries have remained virtually stagnat for 30 years while salaries for the top 2%-5% have balooned dramatically over teh past 30 years.

    1989 – Top 1% of income earners in the country earned aproximately 10% of the country's total income.

    2004 – Top 1% of income earners in the country earned approximately 24% of the country's total income.

    1% of the country controls 40% of the country's wealth and assets.

    The next 19% of the country controls 50% of the country's wealth and assets.

    The bottom 80% controls 10% and this number is shrinking as the other grow.

    Average household debt has skyrocketed enormously over the past 3 decades and the bankruptcy rate hhas balooned (although the recession has helped bring down the average credit card debt...and, I guarantee you, your average giant corporate employer is not happy about what that's doing to its investments in those debt products).

    The list goes on and on and on. Sooo if, like you hired conservative Koch monkies like to claim, the Dems have destroyed this country with their programs that redistribute wealth from the wealthy to all the freeloaders, WHY ARE ALL THE STATISTICS CLEARLY INDICATIVE OF THE FACT, THE UNDENIABLE, UNASSAILABLE FACT FACT FACT, THAT THE EXTREMELY WEALTHY AND LARGE CORPORATIONS HAVE GROWN THE WEALTH GAP IN THEIR FAVOR EXPONENTIALLY EVER SINCE WE STARTED LIVING THE TRICKLE-DOWN LIE???!???!?!?! EXPLAIN IT OR SHUT UP.

    March 2, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. one voice

    Leave the private sector alone that are already struggling, the problem is with the mega rich and BILLION dollar corporations that have been getting off SCOTT FREE while making BILLIONS IN PROFITS. Time for them to PULL THEIR WEIGHT and take the pressure off the backbone of OUR REPUBLIC- THE MIDDLE CLASS

    March 2, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Taxes are the lowest they've been in 50 years.
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    For most of Americans THAT PAY NO TAXES THEY ARE! For those of us stuck carrying 4-5 of you deadbeats on our back, they ARE HIGHER. It's time to make EVERYBODY PAY TAXES AND BE FAIR ABOUT IT.

    March 2, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    And another thing...you are never...NEVER NEVER NEVER...going to be rich like them. Get it? Stop defending them because you think you're somehow going to get them to let you into the club some day where you'll be able to enjoy all the inequitable treatment they enjoy. Whoever told you that...and we know who they are...is a LIAR.

    March 2, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. A Real American

    The top 2% pay an average of between 16 and 20 percent of their income in ALL taxes depending on who you talk to. Do you pay that much, Democommie? Any rich person who actually pays the full rate needs to find another accountant.

    March 2, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. A Real American

    Democommie, sounds like you need to find a higher paying job. Come on, take some responsibility, pull yourself up by your bootstraps!

    March 2, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. B

    What they want is total Control and money and could care less about people!
    They have just about got it all, and it will not be long before they finish the job by destroying the unions.

    Wake up America!

    March 2, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    And another thing...you are never...NEVER NEVER NEVER...going to be rich like them. Get it? Stop defending them because you think you're somehow going to get them to let you into the club some day where you'll be able to enjoy all the inequitable treatment they enjoy.
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    Your class warfare sickens me. I'm not wealthy by any means but I work for everything I get and own. Always have, always will. I expect no one else to support me nor do I expect my government to steal from others to provide for me. In my eyes, many of you on the left are no better than common thieves that want to take what is not yours.

    March 2, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "For those of us stuck carrying 4-5 of you deadbeats on our back, they ARE HIGHER."

    1. Actually, no they are not...and that is a verifiable, undeniable, inarguable FACT. Claiming the opposite just makes you look like an uneducated stooge for whoever is paying you to astroturf the nonsense you're spewing.

    2. If you'd like to have a higher percentage of the population paying taxes and contributing to the atx pool, I suggest you direct your attention and ire at the people responsible for that phenomenon: employers. As I cited above, middle-class salaries have remained virtually stagnant for over 3 decades while employers (i.e., the rich, the giant corporations, the upper echelon management, boards, etc.) have grown their income and holdings exponentially. Middle-class salaries have barely competed with inflation and have been severely attenuated by purposefully created market bubbles in sectors like housing. Add in that health care costs have risen 3-4 times the rate of inflation and that average household consumer debt, including mortgages, school loans, car loans, etc. (i.e., not just for big screen TVs to watch Oprah on like I know you're programmed to argue) has likewise ballooned. So, what I'd like to know is, how do you justify blaming the people living below the virtual poverty line for the fact that they CANNOT AFFORD to pay much or anything in taxes instead of blaming the people who have created that problem in the first place? Do explain....we're waiting...

    March 2, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. A Real American

    They only call it class warfare when we fight back.

    March 2, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. PalmReader

    "For those of us stuck carrying 4-5 of you deadbeats on our back, they ARE HIGHER. It's time to make EVERYBODY PAY TAXES AND BE FAIR ABOUT IT."

    Perhaps if you GOPers were willing to pay fair and equitable wages, low income earners, too, could pay equitable taxes. Unfortunately for you, many of those who are raising families on low income wages also benefit from all those tax breaks GOPers are always dishing out to the upper 2%ers, thus eliminating these low income *deadbeat* wage earners from paying taxes altogether. How scornful you are of so many millions of Americans who do nothing but try to earn a decent living in these hard times.

    March 2, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "They only call it class warfare when we fight back."

    Truth. Conservatives want to talk about a "stealth jihad"...the only one I'm aware of is the one the richest 2% of this country has waged AND WON against the middle-class ever since the Ayatollay Reagan issued his trickle-down fatwah.

    March 2, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |