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Pelosi Sends Out Fearmongering Talking Points

From the Politico:

Dems tell members to hold local pressers on sequester


House Democratic leaders are urging their rank-and-file members to use next week’s recess to hold press conferences and other events humanizing the negative effects of sequestration alongside senior citizens, small business owners, police officers and teachers.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office sent members back to their districts Friday, armed with a two-page memo suggesting a variety of press conference and roundtable location ideas to help demonstrate what might happen if Congress can’t reach a deal by the March 1 deadline and the automatic spending cuts go into effect.

In other words, the House Democrat leaders are telling their Congressional members to lie to the news media and other low information types about the (non) threats from a 2.2% reduction in spending that is offset by the spending increases that are already built into the budget thanks to baseline budgeting.

Members are being urged to meet with college academics, special education teachers, mental health professionals, medical researchers and food safety advocates. “Invite the press,” Pelosi’s office said in the memo obtained by POLITICO.

None of whom should have to suffer because $85 billion dollars is being cut from a budget of $3.8 trillion dollars. The Democrats are once again holding the country hostage and using children as their human shields.

Democrats also got a one-page set of talking points, urging them to slam Republicans for being “irresponsible” for not reaching an agreement on the spending cuts before the Presidents Day recess, as well as a state-by-state breakdown of potential job losses from sequestration.

The Republican are ‘irresponsible’ because they are refusing to raise taxes — again. Which never hurts the economy or costs jobs or hurts the middle class.

Here is the Pelosi memo (from a pdf file):

Office of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi — Talking Points

February 14, 2013

Fighting to Avert the Sequester, In Order to Protect the Economy and the Middle Class

* It is irresponsible for Republicans to be leaving town. When Congress gets back, there will only be four legislative days left to act to avert across-the-board spending cuts – or the so-called “sequester” – that will only harm the economy.

It has been nearly four years since the Democrats have allowed a budget to be passed. This sequester has been coming since last August. And, lest we forget, it was Obama’s idea.

* Instead of leaving town, Republicans should be sitting down and working with Democrats on replacing the automatic spending cuts with a bipartisan, balanced plan to create jobs, grow the economy, and responsibly reduce the deficit.

The Democrats are demanding yet another tax increase rather than decrease spending by measly 2.2%. After all, what better way to protect the economy and the middle class than to raise the taxes on the capitalists and employers — again.

* The sequester has already injected uncertainty into the economy and sapped the confidence of consumers and the markets. These indiscriminate, debilitating cuts will only further damage our economic recovery, job creation, the middle class, and military readiness.

Lest we forget, the credit rating firms, such as Standard & Poor and Moody’s, are unanimous in their threats to lower the US credit rating if the government does not lower its rate of spending in relation to its GDP. In fact, the sequester deal was proposed as a way to avoid having America’s credit rating lowered — again.

* A study by George Mason University economists projects a loss of 2.14 million jobs, if the sequester is implemented. And CBO projects the sequester would cut economic growth in 2013 by half.

What nonsense. The sequester only ‘cuts’ $85 billion dollars in spending. Obama increased spending by more than ten times that amount with his stimulus bill. Did the economy grow 20 million jobs because of the Obama stimulus? (Hint: no.)

* The indiscriminate cuts in the sequester would harm such key priorities as education, Head Start, small business loans, law enforcement, Meals on Wheels, medical research and food safety.

As always, any spending ‘cuts,’ no matter how insignificant, always hit cops, firemen, the children and the poor the most. There is no way to fund these operations with the measly $3.715 trillion dollars a year the federal government will still have at its disposal.

* House Democrats have put forward a fair, balanced plan to avert the damaging, automatic spending cuts, which:

o Reforms farm subsidies by eliminating direct payments;

o Imposes the “Buffett Rule” to ensure that the wealthiest Americans don’t pay a lower effective tax rate than the middle class; and

They don’t already. But, once again, the solution is always raise taxes. Never cut spending. After all, tax increases stimulate the economy.

o Repeals tax loopholes for Big Oil companies.

Because those higher taxes won’t be passed on to the consumer. Increasing the cost of energy when the price of gasoline has already gone up for 31 days in a row is surely the best way to protect the economy and the middle class.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pelosi Sends Out Fearmongering Talking Points”

  1. canary says:

    Nancy Pelosi & Rahm Emanuel don’t have a history of donating money to the sick and poor

    looking back..

    USA TODAY : Democrats put own money into charitable foundations
    Updated 1/29/2007

    By Matt Kelley – 1/29/2007

    IT’S THE LAW: Dems fail to disclose roles in charities

    Emanuel, Bayh and Nancy Pelosi are officers of the foundations that carry their names but failed to disclose the fact on their annual financial disclosure reports filed with Congress. Tax records show the foundations donated mostly to hometown charities that reflect the lawmakers’ personal and political attitudes. None of the foundations received donations from outside sources.

    Georgetown University, Paul Pelosi’s alma mater, was the biggest recipient of the foundation’s giving. Georgetown received nearly $300,000 since 2003, including $10,000 to the university’s Wall Street Alliance, a group that raises the university’s profile in the financial community. Vincent Wolfington, a Georgetown classmate and business partner of Paul Pelosi, was vice chairman of the alliance at the time of the donation.

    During the past three years, Emanuel’s charity gave nearly $25,000 to the Anshe Emet synagogue and school in Chicago, and $15,000 to the foundation run by former president Bill Clinton. It also gave $14,000 to Marwen, a Chicago charity that provides art classes and other educational help to low-income children. Rule is on Marwen’s board.


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