All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.
Our democracy is built not only on compromise, but on trying solutions from both parties. And with an economic crisis as deep as ours, we can't afford to ignore ideas that create jobs. Our government is not broken, but Republican ideology certainly is.
As the first corporation to run for Congress, we have a special responsibility to defend the values the Supreme Court enshrined in its Citizens United ruling -- corporate greed, self-interest, hegemony and privilege -- against men like Howard Schultz.
If Republicans were to succeed in defunding health reform and returning the management of all health programs to the states, we would be at the mercy of state ideologues who apparently know very little about the programs they claim to cut.