Capps on the Republican budget

March 21, 2012

Lois Capps


The House Republican budget is a disappointing, but not too surprising proposal. Instead of reforming programs that protect our most vulnerable, their plan would end or dismantle critical investments in our children, families, and seniors in order to give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and big corporations.

This plan was soundly rejected by the American people last year and they’ll do it again this year, because it breaks the promise our government has made to its seniors and persons with disabilities. Medicare has improved the quality of life and care for millions of Americans—especially women. To dismantle it and replace it with a system that puts seniors at the mercy of insurance companies just won’t work and could have disastrous consequences for our nation.

This is a sharp contrast from the benefits that seniors have already received from the Affordable Care Act or health reform law including prescription drug discounts and free preventive screenings.  The Republican budget plan doesn’t stop at cutting programs for seniors and persons with disabilities. It also would cripple nutrition programs and turn Medicaid into a block grant, reducing support for seniors in nursing homes, low-income children, and Americans with disabilities while increasing the financial burden on our cash-strapped states.

To be clear, these proposals do nothing to reduce health care costs. They simply shift the weight of our most challenging budget problems onto states and the elderly.

Finally, the House Republican budget fails to find savings where it can find it most.  It does nothing to root out waste in our tax system—like the tens of billions in subsidies for oil and gas coal companies or those that go to giant ethanol corporations. And it asks very little of our most fortunate citizens, while demanding draconian cuts to education and research, public health programs, clean energy, and transportation upgrades.

These are not my priorities. My priorities are making smart investments that create jobs and strengthen American competitiveness. My priorities are to reduce the deficit by avoiding wasteful and unnecessary spending, not by cutting programs that keep our communities afloat. The American people want an honest and fair plan that helps protect our fragile economic recovery and addresses our budget problems. This Congress should do just that.



  1. BonAir says:

    Congresswoman Capps,
    Your party leader and our president just submitted his budget and even your own party won’t go near it.
    It is a joke and you criticize the Republican proposal?

    I just moved into your district and I can say unequivocally that my wife and I will be voting against you in November.

    By the way, you reference the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) but we all know it’s toast.

    (5) 5 Total Votes - 5 up - 0 down
  2. Slowerfaster says:

    What is totally hideous in the rehashed, Paul Ryan… Republican budget proposal is that it would cut 11 BILLION dollars from veterans , VETERANS programs; and never ONCE uses the word VETERAN or VETERANS !

    Paul Ryan is a stooge for the UN-Americans.

    (-4) 10 Total Votes - 3 up - 7 down
  3. Myself says:

    All caps does it talk about their plan is worse than our plan, what the heck are the specifics lady, bring the full story to show and tell not some of it.

    (12) 22 Total Votes - 17 up - 5 down
    • Slowerfaster says:

      Once more, it would seem that you have no clue how Congress operates …( works is the wrong word for these DO-NOTHING Republicans ).

      Capps is IN THE MINORITY in the House. Therefore, all legislation originates from the MAJORITY, in this case: Republicans ! It is the Budget Committee headed up by anti-civilizationalist Paul Ryan that is put on paper. Democrats, and others, CAN propose amendments …but these are regularly shot down.

      AND …Show and Tell ? An elementary school practice ?
      Does sort of explain the type of Third Grade attitudes displayed here.

      (-12) 14 Total Votes - 1 up - 13 down
  4. stopagenda21 says:

    Rep. Capps
    If protecting our most vulnerable and people with disabilities is your goal please stop sending taxpayer money to the building located behind your campaign office at the corner of Broad and Pismo st. in San Luis Obispo

    (0) 24 Total Votes - 12 up - 12 down
  5. WiseGuy says:

    I think we need more honesty, integrity and humility in Congress. That’s why I’m voting for Lois Capps.

    Someone wrote here that they want a representative with “new ideas.” The reality is that “new ideas” rarey come from politicians. New ideas come from the people and it becomes the job of our elected representatives to implement them if they are viable. Lois Capps is the type of politician who is open-minded to good ideas and will vote to implement them if they make sense and are of benefit to her constituents.

    I don’t think there is any question about it: Lois Capps is far and away the best candidate running for her seat in Congress.

    (-18) 38 Total Votes - 10 up - 28 down
  6. danika says:

    It is my feeling Lois Capps deserves a permanent vacation from her seat. She has done enough, has seen enough, has taken on enough. We need new representation with new ideas. She wouldn’t have my vote.

    (16) 40 Total Votes - 28 up - 12 down
  7. Justin says:

    When things get so out of whack with waste and fraud that by the way was caused by our politician’s inability to deal with it early on , I think it can only be fixed by dismantling it and starting over. But noooo…boo hoo, let’s just argue about it and do nothing. Maybe some more rules and regulations lobbied by special interest that will do nothing but screw the middle class even more ( middle class?? what middle class?), I mean the poor. What a bunch of ” win at all cost ” bunch of morons. It doesn’t help that the Dem’s always need to have an enemy as part of their mindset. Scotty, beam me up. Bla Bla Bla….you politicians had better get your act together quick.

    (16) 32 Total Votes - 24 up - 8 down
    • Robert1 says:

      DIVORCE AGREEMENT — This is so incredibly well-put, and I can hardly believe it’s by a young person, a student!! Whatever he runs for, I’ll vote for him!
      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
      Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, regressive, Marxists, and Obama supporters, et. Al.:

      We have stuck together since the late 1950s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

      Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

      Here is a model separation agreement:

      1. Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by land mass, each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy. Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides had such distinct and disparate tastes.

      2. We don’t like redistributive taxes, so you can keep them.

      3. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.

      4. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA, and the military.

      5. We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar, and bio-diesel.

      6. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore, and Rosie O’Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

      7. We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart, and Wall Street.

      8. You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless homeboys, hippies, druggies, and illegal aliens.

      9. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks.

      10. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood .

      11. You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.

      12. You can have the peace-niks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

      13. We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values.

      14. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness, and Shirley McLain. You can also have the U.N., but we will no longer be paying the bill.

      15. We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks, and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

      16. You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors..

      17. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is an earned luxury and not a right.

      18. We’ll keep “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The National Anthem.”

      19. I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine”, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “Kum Ba Ya,” or “We Are the World”.

      20. We’ll practice trickledown economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

      21. Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our constitution and our flag.

      22. Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

      John J. Wall
      Law Student and an American

      P.S.: Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbara Streisand, and Jane Fonda with you.

      P.S.S..: And you won’t have to “Press 1 for English” when you call our country.

      Forward this every time you get it! Let’s keep this going; maybe some of it will start sinking in!

      (9) 33 Total Votes - 21 up - 12 down
      • zaphod says:

        Concerning Our Divorce Settlement:
        old tripe

        (-4) 20 Total Votes - 8 up - 12 down
        • zaphod says:

          The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~John Kenneth Galbraith

          (-7) 23 Total Votes - 8 up - 15 down
          • Slowerfaster says:

            So…my question is, HOW do we define what these types that write such junk, or those who agree with it ?

            I will refrain from offering my own terms and wait for responses.

            (-8) 12 Total Votes - 2 up - 10 down
        • bobfromsanluis says:

          zaphod: The response you linked to, to the so-called letter supposedly written by a law student, was extremely well written, something I could only aspire to be able to write like. Thank you very much for linking to that. It was a very enjoyable and educational read.

          (-3) 15 Total Votes - 6 up - 9 down
      • Spork says:

        Robert1 This is not the place to post cut and paste fake letters that are all over the internet.

        -1 Fail

        (-2) 16 Total Votes - 7 up - 9 down
      • Cicero says:

        So many words with so little to say.

        (-3) 15 Total Votes - 6 up - 9 down
  8. kayaknut says:

    My first question is “My priorities are to reduce the deficit by avoiding wasteful and unnecessary spending”, exactly what are those wasteful and unnecessary speding items? We always hear people say that is the type of spending to cut but often do not get details. I think if we knew what Ms. Capps thought was wasteful and unnecessary we would get a sense if we should reelect her. What one person sees as wasteful and unnecessary isn’t always what another person thinks is.

    (25) 31 Total Votes - 28 up - 3 down
    • kayaknut says:

      I know she has said “like the tens of billions in subsidies for oil and gas coal companies or those that go to giant ethanol corporations. And it asks very little of our most fortunate citizens,” but I was thinking more of items in her district and deal with local issues. As far as asking more from “most fortunate citizens”, what are her details on how to address this?

      (11) 19 Total Votes - 15 up - 4 down
      • bobfromsanluis says:

        Kayaknut: I’m glad you added your second comment, I was afraid that no one commenting so far had any reading comphension skills left, but you did come back to her point about “the tens of billions in subsidies…” as well as the Republican budget “asks very little of our most fortunate citizens”. You made the point: “… I was thinking more of items in her district and deal with local issues.” Um, can you point to anything in our local area that has federal oversight that is wasteful and could be cutback or eliminated? I can only think of a few items that have federal oversight, one of them being the federal coverage of insurance for citizens in case of a huge accident at Diablo Canyon; while the idea of federal funds to cover any potential problems is just that, potential insurance, I sure don’t want to see the feds step back from that coverage, not to mention that PG&E would not be able to operate Diablo without the feds backing since there is no “private” insurance program that would cover any problems arising from the operation of Diablo. Or are you calling for more federal oversight into our local, daily lives? As for the mention of “most fortunate citizens”, surely you are aware that the upper ten percent are paying a much smaller percentage of taxes than they have every paid in our country’s history? And Paul Ryan’s Republican budget plan calls for even more cuts in taxes for the rich? If you are smart enough, lucky enough, or both to be earning an income that puts you in the upper ten percent of wage earners, pay your taxes and shut up, please. The “average” wage of workers (in real dollars, not “inflation adjusted” dollars) has steadily declined since the 1980s, all the while, those in the upper income strata has risen more and more, all the while their taxes have gone down.

        (-9) 23 Total Votes - 7 up - 16 down
        • Slowerfaster says:

          bfsl – We coul also put big light on the ‘military industrial’ complex called Vandenburg Air Force Base.
          I realize that there are jobs, and that they do contribute in space exploration and other scientific research. So, it does have viability. It is the wasteful military applications that need a magnifying glass.

          Paul Ryan is an Ayn Rand jerk that was not a millinaire before he entered Congress. He is now. Only one way for that to happen. , and it’s NOT on a Representatives salary.

          (-13) 31 Total Votes - 9 up - 22 down
          • Robert1 says:

            The 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011)
            So 7 out of 8 are democRATS , and you point a finger at Ryan,
            Spoken like a true liberal, it’s them peoples money we want, not ours.

            Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $294.21
            Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) $193 million
            Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) $81.63 million
            Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) $76.30 million
            Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) million
            Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) $55.07 Million
            Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) $52.93 million
            Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) $45.39 million

            (7) 21 Total Votes - 14 up - 7 down
            • Slowerfaster says:

              More baloney from the astigmatic Right….and presented OUT OF CONTEXT.

              Sure, many members of congress are multi-millionaires, but almost ALL were rich BEFORE they started public service.
              Not so Mr. Ryan. He’s an objectivist that has PAYMASTERS on the side …and they are NOT his constituents or the American people.
              Ryan’s bosses and puppet-masters are the .01% hedge fund managers, oil companies, and Wall Street banksters.
              They pay him off with a legalized form of BRIBERY by giving him $50-100K for closed door speeches and dinners where Ryan tells them what they want to hear. I.E : he will be a reliable House-Slave and mouthpiece.

              BTW, you also deleted listing multi-millionaire car thief Congressman Darrel Issa (R- Cal.) that heads the list.

              (-4) 18 Total Votes - 7 up - 11 down

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