House of Labor Cool to Gang o’ 6


Trumka, McEntee say there’s no “shared sacrifice” in proposal.

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to Gang of Six Proposal:
“The proposal released by the “Gang of Six” is not a path forward for the country.  Instead of taking the road of shared sacrifice, this plan has swerved off track.  It reserves almost all of the pain for ordinary Americans.  It reduces taxes on the wealthy while cutting Social Security benefits for seniors and people with disabilities.  It would kill jobs and put our economy into another recession.  The plan makes enormous cuts in health care programs.  And the plan would destabilize employer-sponsored health care coverage for 160 million Americans. It’s time to focus on jobs and stop putting Wall Street before Main Street.”


Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on “Gang of Six” Plan

July 20, 2011

Both parties keep telling us that deficit reduction requires “tough choices” and “shared sacrifice” and “taking on sacred cows.” But then we keep seeing bipartisan support for plans like the so-called “Gang of Six” that cut Social Security benefits, kill jobs, give tax incentives for corporations to export good jobs overseas, tax health benefits, and lower tax rates for billionaires and corporations. There’s no shared sacrifice here. The only sacred cows being gored are working people, the middle class, seniors and the poor. Though the plan is very specific when it comes to spelling out tax cuts for rich people, there are still a lot of blanks to be filled in. Even so, we’ve seen enough to know that there is nothing here for working people. We need to keep asking our leaders: “Who got us into this mess?” It wasn’t working people. The people who got us into this mess are getting off scot-free, and this Gang of Six proposal shows they have accomplices in both parties.


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