Far Left Demands Billions More in Social Spending

The Who’s Who of America’s Left are assembling a manifesto to the Democrats they worked so hard to elect. The message is simple: Add mega-billions more to federal spending on social programs.

As reported by The Hill newspaper in Washington, the Left is showing a united front via an ultimatum-style letter they’re preparing to send to the Congress.

In last year’s elections, this same coalition condemned Republicans over the amount of federal spending—never mentioning that their own goal is to spend MORE rather than less. Now they’re pulling the classic political bait-and-switch on voters by urging enormous increases in social programs.

This coalition-in-chief calls itself the Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities (ECAP). At its union-hosted website, ECAP describes itself as “a nationwide campaign of national and grassroots organizations committed to reversing the Administration’s policy of drastic cuts to programs that primarily benefit the poor and middle class in order to finance tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and special interests.”

Just a look at ECAP’s membership proves who is pulling the strings of the Democrat Party: labor unions, MoveOn.org, pro-abortion Planned Parenthood, the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Sierra Club, National Council of Churches, Ralph Nader’s groups such as USPIRG, and social welfare groups like the Children’s Defense Fund.

It’s no coincidence that members of the coalition are also major recipients of federal funds. Collectively, they spent many tens of millions of dollars to elect Democrats in 2006. Now they want a multi-billion-dollar return on that investment.

Partial list of ECAP's organizing partners

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA)
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
American Academy of HIV Medicine
The Arc and UCP Disability Policy Collaboration
Campaign for America's Future (CAF)
Center for Community Change
Children's Defense Fund
Coalition on Human Needs
Communications Workers of American (CWA)
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Direct Action Welfare Group (DAWG)
Fair Taxes For All Coalition
Families USA
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
Mennonite Central Committee, Washington Office
MoveOn.org Political Action
National Council of Churches
National Council of Jewish Women
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Head Start Association
The National Women's Law Center (NWLC)
OMB Watch
People For the American Way (PFAW)
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Rural Americans for a Secure Future (RASF)
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Sierra Club
United for a Fair Economy
United States Student Association (USSA)
US Action
Voices for Working Families
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)
Welfare Rights Organizing Coalition
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)


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