Our month-long campaign to “disarm the austerity bomb” and repeal the sequester is gaining traction in Washington.
On Monday, leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined our call, saying if Republicans refuse to compromise, then we should simply “eliminate the sequester.”
No replacements with job-killing austerity measures. No concessions to the Social Security/Medicare haters. Just repeal it.
Today, we're asking you to send a message to Washington: Repeal the sequester.
Just yesterday, more than 10,000 of our supporters clicked that link to send a sequester repeal message to their members of Congress. But the rest of Washington needs to hear from more of you that repealing the sequester and staving off needless cuts is exactly what the people demand.
The polls show it: 54 percent in a recent Bloomberg poll agreed that the sequester cuts should be stopped.
The economists know it: 350 economists have signed a statement opposing these job-killing cuts. Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman recently wrote, "The right policy would be to forget about the whole thing. America doesn’t face a deficit crisis, nor will it face such a crisis anytime soon."
That’s the dirty secret Washington’s austerity posse won’t tell you. There is no debt crisis. The deficit is down 25 percent since 2009 in relation to the economy, faster than at any time since the demobilization after World War II.
We don’t have a debt crisis. We have a jobs crisis. More cutting will only make it worse.
As Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota put it in their statement: "If this [sequester] goes into effect, it will be one of the most irresponsible legislative failures in the history of the Republic. ... Economic growth will slow, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and more people will have to rely on government assistance to meet their basic needs."
Help us send a message to Congress. Tell Washington: Repeal the sequester.