Valley Advocate - Thursday, September 13, 2012
By Maureen Turner
Jeff Napolitano has been closely tracking the federal budget debate, and what he sees is far from heartening.
On one side is the ideologically driven Republican proposal, shepherded by GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, that would "roll back the clock many, many years in terms of just dismantling the safety net," said Napolitano, director of the American Friends Service Committee of Western Mass. "On the other side, we have the president and his supporters in his party that are in favor of a slightly less austere austerity program than the Republicans. The president and the Democrats, by and large, are not terribly serious about preserving the safety net or doing things like cutting the military or even proposing a serious jobs program."
But there is another proposal, one that's not getting much attention: the "Budget for All," put forth by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which promises to create jobs, address dire social and environmental needs and correct economic inequalities while cutting the deficit.