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AFGE URGES CONGRESS TO REJECT DEFICIT COMMISSION PLAN

Proposal targets working-class Americans while boosting coffers of wealthiest

Lawmakers should consider President Obama’s deficit commission plan dead on arrival, after the misguided plan failed to win enough votes to force congressional action, the head of the largest federal employee union said today.

“This plan is built on fear, not hope. It relies on the same bad economic policies that have hurt working families, instead of making the changes needed to expand good-paying jobs in this country,” American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage said.

The deficit commission plan would cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations while slashing Social Security and Medicare benefits that working-class Americans rely on to make ends meet, Gage said.

“It would do nothing to spur job growth and energize the economy. In fact, it would cut take-home pay for millions of workers while making the millionaires and Wall Street executives even richer,” he said.

Most of the savings proposed in the plan would come from cutting spending on federal programs and services that Americans rely on every day, like veterans care, homeland security, law enforcement and public health programs. The plan also would slash the size of the federal work force by 200,000 jobs, freeze federal wages for three years and consider major reductions to civil service and military pensions.

“If these recommendations are enacted, it’ll be a race to the bottom for American workers and their families,” Gage said.

One Response

  1. It is a shame that the President claims he knows what it is like growing up where his mother struggled because of her income. Well a lot of federal employees like me struggle to make it. Alot of our citizens that don’t work under the federal system think we have it made working for the federal government, we don’t even while serving in the military was a struggle. We don’t get paid a lot, for those from GS-7 and below it is a serious struggle to make ends meet, why should we pay the price for the mismanagement of this nation’s finance done by the previous administration that was profiting off of the high gas prices because of the fact they had stocks investments in the petroleum company then comes the big three bail out, Ford was the only smart one on this one. How dare the President say no one like Pontiac and force GM to discontinue a brand to make the Chinese government happy. I own a Pontiac, there goes more jobs. To think I voted for this President and wants to stick it to people that give structure to the foundation of this nation the middle-class, I don’t hear him or Congress,Senators or Representative suggesting they take a paid cut or furlough. How about taking away all those special incentives they all receive for being public servants. I thought they work for us not the other way around. I would mind running for Congress myself,it takes comment sense to help your people. Some those folks in Washington have forgot that some have started from humble beginnings. I can’t afford a payfreeze or to be let go, me and husband are both federal employees,it would be devastating for our family, I have a son that has asthma and requires medicine for his care and also doctors’ appointments to help monitor his care. Don’t let them do this to us, it would be a very bad outcome for the economy.

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