Howard Dean: "If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party."


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Points off for misspelling "independent," but anyway...

As BuzzFeed notes, Howard Dean is none too thrilled about the president's budget proposals, specifically over the increased defense spending and those wrongheaded Social Security cuts by way of the chained CPI plan. Here are all our posts about how such policies would negatively affect the elderly and disabled (scroll).

How about lifting the cap on taxable earnings, Mr. President? Or at least try to? Or at least voice support for those of us who would like some debate about that instead of contradicting your own vice president's 2012 campaign promise? Here’s what “chained CPI” would do.

I'm not sure I'd go as far as Howard Dean, but I would be very disappointed.


"I just think that's unacceptable... If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party. If this were passed with Democratic votes, I think it would be impossible to be Democrat.... I would have to oppose any Democrat that is supportive of this... If the article I sent you is correct, it means the Prez proposed chain CPI cutting SS benefits while asking to restore Pentagon spending. He would never get that through either chamber... What the hell are they thinking or is BW wrong?... I don't think Democrats will vote for it... I can't imagine Republicans voting for this in swing districts."

More at BuzzFeed.

  • Oh. Well, "being very disappointed" has always been a surefire recipe for enacting change.

  • As a Deanaic, Dean got me back in to politics and activism it's gotten me to DC. I'd follow Howard's lead any day!

  • I wouldn't have a moment's hesitation about working for my congressman's defeat in 2014 if he were to vote for this. I hope everybody else would do the same. Unfortunately there are many reps who feel their political best interests would be better served by staying on Obama's/Pelosi's good sides, than by following the wishes of their constituents.

  • 503me

    Our country holds only 5% of the worlds population and yet we spend more on defense than the next 14 countries combined. We also house 25% of the worlds populations. We could cut both and still be higher than the rest of the world and spend that money on our crumbling infrastructure and to help lift people out of poverty. All that is needed for SS to stay solvent for generations to come is to eliminate the SS payroll tax ceiling(and no that does not mean that the rich are entitled to SS-unless they are bereft of income anymore- as we work for the common good)