The Problem With Rep. Ellison

I heard this interview with Keith Ellison (D., Mn.), on NPR yesterday evening on the budget sausage deal:

MELISSA BLOCK, host: There has been vocal pushback some Democrats against the debt ceiling compromise. The Congressional Progressive Caucus held a news conference this afternoon laying out strong objections. Earlier today before the House vote, I spoke with the co-chair of that caucus, Keith Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota. He explained his opposition to the bill despite some serious lobbying today from Vice President Joe Biden.

Representative KEITH ELLISON: Well, you know, I think that Vice President Biden is a great leader and I admire him but quite frankly he was given a bad situation to start with and they tried to do some things to mitigate the harm but ultimately this thing takes the country in the wrong direction. Basically, we’re taking money out of the economy at a time when the country needs there to be more economic activity.

ELLISON: When you start cutting programs, cutting a trillion dollars out of the economy, what you’re literally doing is you’re laying off people; you’re discontinuing spending that could well go towards putting people to work. And let me tell you, I don’t care if you work for the government or not, a government check spends like any other check and the people who sell those folks groceries don’t care whether their workers are from the government or from the private sector. So, the bottom line is this is rejectionary(ph) at a time when our country’s trying to recover from a recession. And if you look back at 1937, when people just like the Tea Party Republicans forced Roosevelt to put the brakes on spending, they caused a double-dip recession and I’m afraid that’s just going to happen now.

Mr. Ellison is a member of the Democrat Congressional Progressive Caucus.

This is the problem with America: ignorance of history and economics by our leaders. With all due respect to Mr. Ellison, he doesn’t have a clue about why the economy works or the history of the Great Depression. The facts are almost 180° from his statement. It would be nice if these folks would actually study and think for themselves rather than just swallow what they are taught. It would have been nice if Melissa Block actually questioned him about this. But if that were the case the Democrats and most Republicans would disappear.

Mr. Ellison, please email me so I can explain how you can get Americans back to work.

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7 comments to The Problem With Rep. Ellison

  • Anon

    What a waste of time. Go ahead and explain the nature of your disagreement. “he doesn’t have a clue about why the economy works or the history of the Great Depression. The facts are almost 180° from his statement” what a cop out. asking the congressman to email you so that you can explain things to him? How old are you?

  • Charles

    He doesn’t care how the economy works only how the “system” works for the benefit of the FSA.

    “And let me tell you, I don’t care if you work for the government or not, a government check spends like any other check and the people who sell those folks groceries don’t care whether their workers are from the government or from the private sector. ”

    There is a major difference between how a government check is created versus how a private sector check is created. Many have used the parasite / host analogy. And while yes in the short-term sellers of groceries may not distinguish between the “public” check versus the private check, if they plan to be in business long-term, they do.

  • RepTheMHC

    As an engineer, it drives me mad that there are many competing explanations of virtually any event with certainly none of them being 100% correct. You can find explanations on both sides about what caused the Great Depression, about what ails Japan, abut whether stimulus spending “works” (and what does “works” even look like?), whether the post WWII recovery was because we blew up everyone’s mfg or because we had just been saving because there was nothing to buy. And yet…a politician and economist will reject the competing theory and favor the one that confirms his own world view. This just can’t be allowed to happen. It should be ok to admit “I don’t know” and just move on, but apparently honesty in this way is a detriment, not a virtue.

    • Keith Weiner

      There are more than two sides, notwithstanding the false alternative we have today of the elephant vs. the donkey.

      And of course, there is a correct explanation of the cause(s) of the First Depression. Even if neither mainstream party understands or wants to understand it.

  • acidtest

    @RepTheMHC = “spot on”

  • Norman

    I seriously doubt that any of the present theories are going to of any use once the “Empire” finally collapses. Also, out of the ashes the Phoenix will rise, won’t bring forth 20th century ideas in the 21st century. Perhaps that’s why none of them work today. Food for thought.