Republicans want to bully us into believing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits and other dangerous budget cuts, such as those that would take food aid from hungry children, weaken education and food safety and let our bridges and roads crumble, are the only thing we should be talking about.
It's time to stand up to their bullying. We can't let them take our economy hostage by threatening to drive it into the ground.
Working families shouldn't take the hit again so we can maintain expensive tax loopholes for Wall Street, drug companies, corporations that outsource jobs and the richest 2 percent of Americans.
The most serious economic challenge facing America is the continuing jobs crisis, not the deficit or the national debt.
Our priorities should be creating jobs by investing in infrastructure and education, raising wages, reducing inequality and increasing economic security for working people. And we can do it by first ending tax giveaways for Wall Street and the richest 2 percent.
Sad to see Jay not running again
I was deeply saddened to learn that Sen. Rockefeller does not intend to run for another term as U.S. Senator from West Virginia.
However, we must be grateful that he has been willing to spend a large portion of his life serving the people of our state, always striving to make life better, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
We wish you well in your retirement, Sen. Rockefeller. You certainly have earned it.