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Pushback on Pelosi for caving on Simpson-Bowles

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Let's call this "spreading the news."

We're starting to see some pushback on Nancy Pelosi's surrender to the Simpson-Bowles "Catfood for Gran" plan.

For background, try this, something I wrote earlier. Pull-quote:
Nancy Pelosi is making quite a name for herself. Unfortunately, the name is "ex-progressive" and "former San Francisco–liberal."
Not to put too fine a point on it.

Note the twin Pelosi moves here. Within weeks of each other, she endorsed Simpson-Bowles; then she offered to Boehner that she wants to move the bar from $250,000 to $1,000,000 on the Bush Tax Cuts.

I have it on some authority that she thinks these are not surrenders, but part of a strategy. I do think she thinks she's sincere. (Read carefully, folks.)

I also think she's wrong, that she's crossed the progressive border.

Remember, this is about behavior; our goal is to change behavior of those who cross our borders.

In that spirit, here's the action:
Nancy Pelosi: Which Side Are You On?

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has openly expressed her support for a plan similar to that produced by the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission, a plan that would ultimately cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits while protecting the wealthy from taxes.

It's gotten worse.

Pelosi now says she also favors keeping the Bush-Obama tax cuts in place for those with incomes up to $1 million. (President Obama has said he supports keeping the tax cuts only for those below $250,000.) The Pelosi proposal would lose billions in revenue and would likely mean additional massive cuts to human needs.

Tell Congresswoman Pelosi that we will never allow the stripping of our safety net to protect the wealthy from taxes.
I'm not suggesting that you do any particular thing (I would never do that). This is just one thing you could do.

I am suggesting, if you are as horrified by Ms. Pelosi's apparent surrender to the Grand Bargain Lame Duck Train Wreck as I am, you do something.

Remember Rule 4: Do something. If that doesn't work, do something else.

No progressive is a friend of the Grand Bargain; and the Grand Bargain returns the favor.

And I'm just letting you know that you have brothers and sisters doing something as well. So let's call this one, spreading the news. This counts as good news.


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