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.