Yes, you read that right. Refused to sign.
As of today, after many weeks of progressive lobbying and pleading and petitioning nationwide, 47 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus have refused to sign the letter, initiated by Congressmen Alan Grayson and Mark Takano, pledging to “vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.”List of refusniks here.
Howqver, just two short months ago, the same CPC sent a letter to Dear Leader proposing to fight Social Security cuts.
So, is Medicare, or Medicaid, the deal-breaker for the 47 pseudoprogressives?
In that case, is this an issue of "old people vote, but poor people don't"?
I'd like to think there's some other reason involved. Sheila Jackson Lee is about as liberal as you can be and still be inside today's Democratic Party, and she's a refusnik. John Lewis is a veteran of all sorts of progressive causes.