by KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
An alternative approach that deserves more attention is the “People’s Budget” offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). It will be introduced in the House on Thursday and it is the strongest rebuke — in the form of an amendment — to the unconscionable “Ryan Budget” for FY 2012. It’s a budget that gives the people — according to poll after poll — exactly what they want (something which shouldn’t be a rarity in a healthy, vibrant democracy).
The People’s Budget lays out what a robust progressive agenda looks like. It protects an already frayed social net and promotes a progressive tax policy that makes millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations pay their fair share. It doesn’t stop at cutting the low-hanging fruit at the Pentagon, instead it brings our troops home from two wars that cost trillions of dollars and do nothing to make the U.S. safer, and resets and rethinks what real security means in the 21stcentury.
full article at NPR – http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135435883/the-nation-obama-should-fight-for-peoples-budget