Saturday, April 23, 2011

Gerry Connolly Discusses Spending and the Budget on Washington Journal

Rep. Gerry Connolly was the guest on Washington Journal and discussed the budget and spending issues. As you can see from the video below, the interview was rather long and in depth which allowed them to get into some really good discussions. They started, for instance, by highlighting how 73 percent of the constituents participating in the poll conducted during Gerry's recent telephone town hall meeting (which had 30,000 people participating) said they don’t support the Republican plan to eliminate the current Medicare program that provides health care for all seniors and replace it with vouchers that would help seniors pay part of their cost of purchasing private health insurance.

Another big point was that one caller asked about why we should actually raise the debt ceiling. In addition to pointing out how not doing so could lead to us going into default and have a devastating impact on our economy, Gerry highlighted how the founding fathers (with Alexander Hamilton as Washington's Treasury Secretary) actually worked hard to establish the US as credit worthy. The obvious implication of this is that not raising the debt ceiling would cause us to take action that goes against what our founding fathers envisioned. I thought this was interesting because the GOP really likes to claim they're continuing the work of the founding fathers, but they are actually the ones right now who are considering policies that would contradict the founding fathers.

Also, when Gerry was asked about the Ryan Budget proposal, he had similar comments to what he said right after it passed. He said it was a "radical document" that was not in the best interests of the American people. Instead of trying to take a balanced approach to many of our budget issues, Gerry highlighted how it allowed tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires at the same time that crucial programs were being severely slashed.

1 comment:

  1. "73 percent of the constituents participating in the poll conducted during Gerry's recent telephone town hall meeting (which had 30,000 people participating)...."

    Yeah. 30,000 carefully-selected people, no doubt.

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