As our economy is still struggling to recover from the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the GOP has proposed a 2012 budget that could do some severe damage to the fragile economy. Among other things, the Republicans are channeling George W. Bush as they're trying to privatize Medicare and would cut Medicaid by $750 billion over the next decade. In other words, they are willing to leave the most vulnerable members of our community at the mercy of large insurance corporations in order to appease the Tea Party. That is simply unacceptable.
Fortunately, there are some folks in Congress who realize the devastating impact the GOP's plan would have on the country. Rep. Gerry Connolly, for instance, took to the floor of the House to highlight how the Republican budget is actually a "path to the past" and not to prosperity. It's also worth noting that Gerry is actually considered relatively moderate on fiscal issues, so it's not like he's some crazy leftist going after Republicans just for the sake of it. Instead, he's an advocate for passing a budget that takes steps to address our debt issues while also investing in programs that will help our community and the economy.