Ira Harritt, Kansas City Program Coordinator, provided an update on the federal budget debate on KKFI Community Radio's Heartland Labor forum on Thursday, August 11, 2011. In this interview he reviewed what economists and leaders are saying about the recent budget deficit deal and discussed what will really put people back to work and heal our ailing economy.
Excerpts from the show:
- "First it needs to be clearly stated that the deficit debate and the deficit ceiling crisis were manufacture. They were distractions from what our leaders should have been focused on -- the focus should have been on fixing the economy and the causes of the recession."
- "It is very perplexing that the right has been so successful at selling to the media and the public the deficit as the central problem and dragging out of mothballs the failed trickledown economics of what’s good for the rich and for corporations is good for everyone. It is also perplexing that there was not more leadership on the left (or really the center) to reframe the issue to reflect our real problems."
- "Some have seen this as an overstepping of those on the right which will finally invigorate those on the left to rise up and counter the massive political speech / read dollars of the corporations and super rich. The AFL-CIO Executive Council last week released a statement 'Fake Political Crises and Real Economic Crises – a call for leadership and for action.' In their statement they document the failures of our economy and its impact on working people. … They realize 'There is no way to fund what we must do as a nation without bringing our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The militarization of our foreign policy has proven to be a costly mistake. It is time to invest at home.'"
- "...we invite individuals and group to join us in a “Move the Money” campaign to educate the public about federal budget priorities and work to cut military spending and increase funding for jobs and human and community needs. Contact us at www.afsc.org/kansascity or call us at 816 931-5256."