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Here are the Key points of the Progressive Budget Plan, put together by the House Progressive Caucus.  It seems like an excellent "starting place" to me ... of course, I believe in standing up for the Democratic Platform, especially those planks about Economic Fairness, and providing for the General Welfare, helping 'the least among us', and all that ...


The House Progressive Budget
By Ezra Klein, Washingtonpost -- 4/25/2011

[...] the budget proposal released by the House Progressive Caucus:  Uses taxes. Mostly on the rich. [...]


The legislation would let most of the Bush Tax Cuts expire [...] and

add a few New Brackets for Millionaires and multimillionaires, [...]

a stronger and more progressive Estate Tax.

Capital Gains and dividend income would be taxed as normal income,

Corporate Taxes would be raised, and

a Financial Transaction Tax would be passed.

The Payroll Cap would be raised on the employee side and abolished on the employer side, taking care of most of Social Security’s shortfall, and

the Defense Department would see $1.8 Trillion in cuts over 10 years.

There’d be a Public Option added to the health-care system and

Medicare would get more power to negotiate Drug Prices.


Perhaps we should be prepare to cite the points of Progressive Budget Plan, prepared to fight for them -- even if we probably won't get many of them, after the Austerity Squawkers get their say.

Because ...


Because ... we need to be prepared to counteract stuff like this ...

Because ... Centrist Dem Kent Conrad is daring to speak for all Dems,

Because ... Conrad is about ready to "give away the store" again:


Kent Conrad's Budget Angers Democratic Colleagues
Ryan Grim, Michael McAuliff, Huffingtonpost -- 05/03/11

Senate Democrats are furious at their lead budget negotiator for crafting a blueprint that they think moves the party too far to the right, a senior Democratic aide said.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has been bargaining for months in secret with Republicans in the so-called Gang of Six to craft a budget that might win bipartisan acceptance. On Tuesday, Conrad abruptly dropped the veil and rolled out his own offering for party colleagues -- to brutal reviews.
[...]

In bringing it forward himself, Conrad sets the starting point for the Democratic position in a more conservative spot than President Barack Obama's budget -- and that was already a compromise. Obama's plan includes a spending freeze for federal workers, among many other concessions to the GOP.

"He's setting this out like it's the official Democratic position," a Democratic staffer said. "I don't know if this can pass his own committee without major changes."
[...]


Jeesh!   Who taught these ConservaDems how to Negotiate?


First Rule:   DON'T START FROM A POSITION OF WEAKNESS.


Second Rule:  MAKE YOUR STARTING PRICE MUCH, MUCH HIGHER, than you would eventually settle for

-- THAT WAY, you just might eventually get WHAT you are really willing to settle for.


Jeesh!  Watch an episode of "Pawn Shop" or "American Pickers" already!  Learn how it's done.


Learn how to "Negotiate" with those deceitful Austerity Hawks, and STOP giving away the Store before you even start the bargaining!  Trust me, They are NOT above making "Non-Factual Statements" to get their way ... just ask Jon Kyle.


Thank you, Dems -- start out from a Position of Strength -- NOT weakness.   WE Got the People, and the Facts on our side:

Tax Cuts to the Rich DO NOT Create Jobs!   Enough of that GOP Fairy Tale.


Come-on Dems, buy a Clue, Already!   Take a Stand for what's right.




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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)


    Got Time?
    Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

    by jamess on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:01:02 AM PDT

    •  More from Kent ... (1+ / 0-)

      Kent Conrad's 10-year plan: $4 trillion in cuts
      By DAVID ROGERS, politico --  5/3/11

      [...] Indeed, Conrad’s $4 trillion, 10-year goal is significantly more than what President Barack Obama committed to in a major speech on the debt issue April 13 and comes close to where House Republicans ended up in their own budget plan adopted days later.

      To be sure, these number comparisons tell only part of the story in any budget. And Conrad is proposing a very different route than that taken by the House GOP: he would do more to protect the existing Medicare program, for example, and relies on close to $1 trillion in new revenues generated by proposed tax reforms.

      Nonetheless, Democrats are skittish that the chairman is moving too fast to the middle when he can’t guarantee he can bring Senate Republicans with him.

      The big roadblock may be procedural as much as political. A budget resolution is only a blueprint, and if Conrad’s plan assumes higher revenues, he can’t specify that the money will come from reforms — such as doing away with costly deductions or tax preferences—and not rate increases.
      [...]


      Got Time?
      Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

      by jamess on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:53:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  IT'd be nice if the Party's starting position... (3+ / 0-)

      would be the CPC People's Budget.

      But my guess is that will be ignored by the Party in favor of the starting position of bending over.

      More and Better Democrats

      by SJerseyIndy on Thu May 05, 2011 at 06:05:50 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just for clarification (2+ / 0-)
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    This is not the official budget agreed upon by the Democratic party.  This is just the one put forward by the Progressive Caucus.  And while it is as close to the correct route in my opinion as any have been, it's extremely unlikely to be considered.

    "Ha! Obama wouild have to kill Bin Ladin before he'd ever get my vote again! HA HA HA HA.....wha-? ...aw fuck."

    by Detroit Mark on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:23:11 AM PDT

    •  The first step? Make it official (4+ / 0-)
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      The first negotiating move by the Democrats would be to adopt the Peoples budget.  If we won't even adopt this budget as the starting point, we're negotiating from weakness right out of the gate.

      •  Correct. And we won't. (2+ / 0-)

        There's just too much oil money permeating republicans, blue dog republicans and even some moderate democrats pocketbooks...to many millions stuffing too many pockets.  They will never vote with the people.  They will always vote with corporations.

        Always.

        "Ha! Obama wouild have to kill Bin Ladin before he'd ever get my vote again! HA HA HA HA.....wha-? ...aw fuck."

        by Detroit Mark on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:39:33 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  seems to me (0+ / 0-)

          the Progressive Budget Plan,

          is more in line with what the President has called for

          in recent speeches -- especially in regards to

          shifting the Tax Burden, back onto those who can afford it.


          Got Time?
          Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

          by jamess on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:44:15 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Then why doesn't the WH adopt it? (2+ / 0-)
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            jamess, Dump Terry McAuliffe

            Hell, why don't House Dems adopt it?  Have any Senate Dems spoken in favor of it?

            The very idea of an even halfway tolerable budget compromise w/ the current GOP is laughable.  The best that can be done during the current Congress is to muddle through on policy while laying the political groundwork for next year's campaign.  

            This proposed budget lays down markers that could be used to great effect next year.  Sadly, I have no expectation that the party "leadership" in the House, the Senate, and the WH will continue to ignore it.

            Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

            by RFK Lives on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:49:37 AM PDT

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          •  Well, in fairness to fact... (3+ / 0-)
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            he does have a history with saying the right things and then siding with corporate America.

            It would be great if he changed that for this particular project.

            "Ha! Obama wouild have to kill Bin Ladin before he'd ever get my vote again! HA HA HA HA.....wha-? ...aw fuck."

            by Detroit Mark on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:49:46 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Why is Conrad claiming the honors (2+ / 0-)

      of speaking for "all Dems"

      at the "grown ups table" ?


      He doesn't speak for me.


      Got Time?
      Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

      by jamess on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:40:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Conservadems are CONSERVATIVES. (5+ / 0-)

    They offer opening positions from where they fully expect the final budget to move solidly to the right.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu May 05, 2011 at 05:40:41 AM PDT

  •  Considering their perfromence in the the last two (3+ / 0-)
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    years of the Bush adminitsration and these last two years, I would say their starting positon is on their knees begging.
    From passing TARP to extending the expiring tax cuts. They have made clear that reversing Bush's policies was not the right path.  

    If you are not part of the soloution, you are part of the problem.

    •  Edited: Considering their performence in the the (2+ / 0-)
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      Hayate Yagami, jamess

      last two years of the Bush administration and these last two years under President Obama, I would say their starting positon is on their knees begging.
      From passing TARP to extending the expiring Bush tax cuts. They have made it clear that reversing Bush's policies must not be the right  path.

      If you are not part of the soloution, you are part of the problem.

  •  I think it's pretty clearly gonna be what escapes (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    committee in the Senate, whatever Gang of Some Integer comes up with.  

    The People's Budget is the only idea floated out there that seriously is trying to attack the deficit.  Obama's budget ideas - to be fair - would be a solid place for the budget kabuki to end up, and they take serious aim at healthcare costs (the cost to treat, not the cost to pay for) which is the main driver of all the problems.  However, it is clear that (even with the Osama Bin Political Capital) the President's position will probably be the pinko commie position in the debate, alas.  

  •  Three words, tax the rich... (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    Dems should put a simple tax the rich bill on the table

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Thu May 05, 2011 at 07:14:30 AM PDT

  •  The Gang of Six (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    a) claims red, white and blue as their "colors"

    b) doesn't subscribe to "drive by shootings" due to their being wasteful of bullets and uses draconian budget cuts instead

    c) favorite gang sign to "throw" at America used to be known as "flipping someone the bird"

    It's a shame that "Blue Dogs" like Conrad are allowed to claim to be Democrats at all

    An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Thu May 05, 2011 at 08:10:12 AM PDT

  •  As you say we should start higher than we would (2+ / 0-)
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    settle for.

    For my money the Progressive Plan is the minimum we should accept so we have to start much higher

    For example

    All the things listed plus

    Socialized Medicine immediately

    A four day work week with no cut in pay until jobs catch up to the population.

    A 25% import tax on all goods made by US companies in foreign lands.

    Get the picture.

    Plus lock up 40% of all Wall Street Executives whose companies received any form of bailout either from the Kongress or the Fed.

    And immediately pass a law making it an act of Treason for Corporations to contribute money to political partys.

    Get the picture.

    To paraphrase Dorothy Parkers Immortal Poem - Salome's Dancing Lesson

    "She that begs a little boon -

    Little gets and nothing soon.

    She that asks for costly things

    Priceless finds her offerrings".

    Incidentally the only reason we don't have all these things right now is because we have never asked for them. And we have never asked for them because both parties are in bed with K Street.

  •  What makes you think they want to be more left? (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess
    First Rule:   DON'T START FROM A POSITION OF WEAKNESS.

    Second Rule:  MAKE YOUR STARTING PRICE MUCH, MUCH HIGHER, than you would eventually settle for

    -- THAT WAY, you just might eventually get WHAT you are really willing to settle for.

    Either our elected Democratic officials are so incompetent that they still have not figured that out, or that is exactly what they are doing.  Intentionally starting "weak" so that they can keep "compromising" to get where they really want to be.

    Reality has a liberal bias.

    by Hayate Yagami on Thu May 05, 2011 at 09:23:51 AM PDT

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