| Charles Pierce at Esquire Politics lays out the simple truth once again:
When President Obama talks about The American People, and the Middle Class thereof, he ought not to convince himself that he was re-elected because he's the guy who'll best bring down The Deficit.
He got re-elected because the other guy convinced America that he wouldn't much care if people ate grass by the side of the road.
The people who voted for this president did not do so because they wanted a balanced program to bring down the deficit.
They did so because they thought he was less likely to make their everyday lives harder than they already are.
It seems the president, and many Democrats in congress, despite the very clear message voters sent in November, are still determined to needlessly balance America's budget on the backs of the poor.
The reason this simple truth about the deficit needs constant repeating by economists like Paul Krugman - who says the deficit is mostly solved, and political reporters like Pierce is because:
1) Republicans have hounded this issue for years and have convinced almost everyone who enters the Washington, DC, policy bubble that taxes are bad and government is evil; and,
2) Democrats in that bubble don't have the guts to respond nor the capacity to lead in explaining how our current tax system has for decades favored Millionaires and Billionaires over the Middle Class in what has become one of the longest routs in the history of class warfare.
The three most guilty parties from Colorado in this embarrassing display of Democratic cowardice and impotence in the political fight to do what's right for the Middle Class are:
1) Senator Mark Udall who stupidly says the federal government should and can be run just like the finances in your household.
2) Senator Michael Bennet who, despite there already being $1.8 TRILLION in budget cuts in the deficit cut pipeline, insists there need to be even more cuts which will almost certainly come at the expense of the Middle Class.
3) Congressman Jared Polis, who is a member of the Progressive Caucus but does not support their budget, and who also prefers budget cuts to creating jobs, investing in America, and creating a more fair and equitable tax system.
Is this not clear to anyone and everyone with a brain?