by Félix Pérez
Students, seniors and the middle class should not bear the brunt of the burden to balance the federal budget, while the wealthy pay less than their fair share. That’s the message of a television and radio ad campaign launched today to urge Congress to protect education, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
“How do we move our country forward and reduce the deficit? By creating jobs and growing our economy, not by cutting programs that families rely on most,” says the TV ad.
The ad campaign, the handiwork of the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is aimed at senators in Colorado, Missouri and Virginia, and key congressional districts in Missouri, Pennsylvania and Alaska.
The TV ad calls for “investing in job creation, extending the middle class tax cuts, and protecting Medicare, Medicaid and education from cuts.”
Mary Kusler, director of NEA Government Relations, said the ads will target House Republicans who appear open to raising tax revenue and Senate Democrats who have appeared willing to cut programs such as Medicare and Social Security. The ads will run over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
“Members of Congress have to ask themselves who should make the bigger sacrifice — America’s school children and middle class families or corporations and wealthy CEOs?” said Kusler. “It makes no sense to rob Peter to pay Paul, especially when Peter is a five-year-old who simply is trying to learn in school.”