Jared Polis did not attend the Occupy Boulder protest this evening
I just returned from an Occupy Boulder protest on the corner of a busy street here in Boulder, Colorado. Our congressman Jared Polis wasn’t there. Perhaps he was too busy signing a letter encouraging the “super committee” to cut $4 trillion from the deficit and keep “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending” on the table.
It’s a very sad fact that one of the most liberal districts in the country is somehow stuck with a representative who could easily be mistaken for a republican when it comes to economic matters. In a crisis of massive unemployment and income insecurity, Polis has the gall to support deficit reduction on the backs of those with modest means. This at a time when the tax rate on high income has never been lower or military spending higher. How dare he vote for one penny of cuts to those of middle or lower incomes when we have such gross inequality!
Polis, the fifth richest person in congress, is a member in good standing of the 1% and he serves it quite well indeed. He told me two summers ago we needed to cut social security to “save it” at exactly the same time he was writing a letter to Nancy Pelosi expressing outrage at the proposed millionaire tax surcharge for health care. And then, to assure high standing among his wealthy backers, he wrote a letter to President Obama in support of maintaining the 15% tax rate on “carried interest” for hedge fund tycoons. And, of course, he voted in favor of domestic spending cuts this past summer in answer to the completely bogus republican bluff that they’d default on the debt owed to millionaires unless cuts were made to “entitlement” programs. The wildest of poker players would never dream of making such a transparent bluff: imagine the Republican response if the Democrats tried the mirror image play, threatening say to default on social security unless taxes were raised on high incomes.
Jared Polis is a clear example of what’s wrong with the Democratic Party and this country. These are interesting times though as a growing number are waking up to the essential unfairness of it all. It will be interesting to see the reaction on the street when Obama signs this latest attack on living standards.