In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.
The wealthier you are and the more you care about yourself over your neighbor or your country, the more you'll like this Republican budget. It achieves balance entirely on the backs of middle-class families and our most vulnerable citizens, without asking billionaires or big corporations to pay -- forget a fair share -- one penny more toward our nation's prosperity.
Many Republican lawmakers have been vocal in criticizing various programs for people who have disabilities or low-income families by charging that the programs are marked by fraud and abuse. This can make good political and campaign rhetoric. Now comes the question: Will they put their money where their mouths are?
Rep. Woodall was among the majority members in the House Budget Committee who released on Tuesday, "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America." But the better choice came Wednesday, as the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released its budget proposal aptly titled, "The People's Budget: A Raise for America."
Nothing better demonstrates the disconnect between the daily lives of ordinary people in this country and the policy debates now taking place in Washington than the term "NDD." While all but a tiny fraction of the population would look with a blank stare at anyone who used the term, it is at the core of what most of the fighting in Washington these days is all about.