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10 Congresspeople Making Life Worse for Their Constituents

What the Terrible Ten and their kind would have you believe is that we can no longer afford safety net programs due to the budget deficit. They're wrong.

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“We do have choices in how we balance our budget,” says Boteach. “How we do it is really about values. We should be focusing like a laser beam on job-creation, and protecting the most vulnerable in deficit reduction.”

In that regard, President Obama’s recent  jobs proposal is good policy: in addition to infrastructure investments in our schools, roads and bridges, it continues jobless benefits for long-term unemployed people. It also creates subsidized employment opportunities for low-income workers, building on what worked in the  TANF emergency fund that was widely supported on a bipartisan basis by governors across the nation; and the payroll tax cut puts money in the hands of working families who need it.

Sure, there is an argument to be made that the president’s proposal is too little too late. But when you look at the Terrible Ten, and the positions of power that they hold, you see the kinds of flat-earthers that those who would act humanely are up against.

 

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor of The Nation.

 
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