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Wed Apr 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM PDT

Rep. West is Joe McCarthy

by ProgressiveCongress

The rhetoric of Allen West evokes one of the lowest points in American political discourse; the red  scare campaign by Senator Joe McCarthy. The Congressional Progressive Caucus fights daily so that Americans from diverse backgrounds and experiences can share in the American Dream. Rep. West seems to think that anyone that stands up for the 99% should be called names and disrespected.”

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A 21st century national security strategy must include a military that is leaner, more agile, and able to face modern risks; an approach support by the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget for All. With the War in Iraq finally done and the War in Afghanistan beginning to come to a close, the time has come for us to reduce our massive spending at the Pentagon.

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“I believe keeping our promises should be our highest priority and that means saving Social Security and Medicare.”– Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

The Budget for the 1%, introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, takes the most extreme Medicare reforms proposed in 2011 and makes them worse.  Three very dangerous changes – raising the eligibility age, basing per person spending on unrelated GDP instead of medical costs and giving the majority of tax payer dollars to private insurance Corporations – will ensure that seniors will pay more out of pocket every year going forward with no increase in service or care.

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We here at Progressive Congress spent the day analyzing the just released Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget for All.  Follow us below the fold for the comparison and a nifty graphic you can share with all your friends...

Continue Reading just sent the following press release out and we wanted to share it here.  

We know we haven't blogged here much- we've been busy behind the scenes but now it's time for us to tell you more about us, so keep an eye out for more diaries and social media from us in the coming weeks.

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Last Saturday we launched the Speakout for Good Jobs Now Tour in Minneapolis. Representatives Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva and Jared Polis were joined by former Caucus Members Alan Grayson and Mary Jo Kilroy to listen to the American people speak out.

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Today, we announced a major 12-city summer jobs tour. Members of Congress will hit the road in June and July to focus the debate in Washington squarely where it needs to be: on job creation and a fair economy for the American people.

The tour, the first of its kind, will begin this Saturday at Netroots Nation in Minneapolis then continue on to Detroit, Milwaukee, New York City, Miami, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Portland, Seattle and Oakland.

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