Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, a plan to dismantle Medicare, slash Medicaid, eviscerate the safety net, and at the same time pump up defense spending, and preserve tax breaks for the affluent and the mega-rich alike. In short, it’s a budget for the 1 percent, tailor-made to confirm Americans’ growing suspicions that government acts to serve the interests of large corporations and the very wealthy, not the majority of citizens.
The good news is, it’s not the only game in town. The House will also vote today on a proposal from the Congressional Progressive Caucus called The Budget for All. This document sets forth a very different set of priorities: “when you are old, you will not live in poverty; when you are sick, you will have affordable health care; and when you have fallen on tough times, you will have support to get back on your feet,” in the words of its framers.