In a series of press conferences, floor speeches, YouTube videos and cable news interviews, the Democrats said the Republicans’ budget plan, unveiled last week by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would hurt the poor, women and minorities—all demographics that propelled President Obama back into the White House and helped his party pick up seats in both congressional chambers last year.Democrats have some help in the form of public opinion, and it's not just from the poor, women and minorities. The latest Gallup poll shows that the public, including plenty of Republicans, are much more supportive of the Democratic agenda (specifically the job creating agenda in the Progressive Caucus's budget). Fifty-three percent of Republicans support a "federal government program that would spend government money to put people to work on urgent infrastructure repairs," and 52 percent of Republicans would support a "federal jobs creation law that would spend government money for a program designed to create more than 1 million new jobs."
Republicans have brushed off the attacks, arguing that the GOP’s message of balancing the budget in just 10 years will appeal to voters more readily than the Democrats’ alternative plans, which don’t prioritize deficit reduction in the short term.
We're not losing the issues on the math. We're not losing the issues on spending, and debt, and jobs, and the economy. Those are total winners for us.Keep going with that story, Republicans. There's no need to actually change your policies, because they are total winners.
Now the thing will be to convince Democrats that they've got the winning formula already in the progressive budget. One way to help do that is to join with Daily Kos and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison by signing our petition and becoming a citizen co-sponsor of the Back to Work Budget.