Quote of the Day by Rep. Raul Grijalva

July 31st, 2011 · 11 Comments

For those of you following the debt ceiling showdown, this may interest you, and I think this is a solid example of a Latino elected official taking a stand during this crisis.

Today Rep. Grijalva put out the following statement about the current pending deal:

“This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it,” the statement read. “Progressives have been organizing for months to oppose any scheme that cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, and it now seems clear that even these bedrock pillars of the American success story are on the chopping block. Even if this deal were not as bad as it is, this would be enough for me to fight against its passage.”

If things aren’t resolved within the deadline, I think President Obama should exercise the leadership that many are looking for and invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling although this would provoke a legal showdown since the “law is murky”.


Tags: Barack Obama · Rep. Raul Grijalva

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Jul 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    You’re a little bit behind. Obama, Reid and Pelosi have already sold out. Now they will put the hammer on the Progressive and Black Caucuses to vote for this mess, and they’ll give in because they don’t want the country to default.

    I wish Obama would resign. He’s a disaster and fool. Bill and Hillary were right.

  • 2 HispanicPundit // Jul 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Those who refuse to support a deal that “cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security” are about as closed minded and partisan as those who refuse to support a deal that raises taxes.

    In other words, Rep. Raul Grijalva is nothing but Boehner for the left. Nothing to be proud of.

  • 3 webmaster // Aug 1, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Anna, at the time this blog was published, the deal had not been finalized. Today members of the Senate and the House are being briefed on the details — this does not automatically mean that Grijalva and others are going to support it. News reports are calling it a “tentative deal”.

    HP, perhaps… but the Democrats have given more in this debate than the GOP members have, so keep that in mind before comparing Grijalva to Boehner.

  • 4 irma // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Read the NY Times editorial page today – there are several editorials that focus on Obama’s failed leadership and the ineffectiveness of the Democratic party. Name one thing that he has not conceded to the Republicans. None of this surprises me, this is why I did not vote for him.

    I support Grijalva’s refusal to support the “compromise plan.” Indeed, I think Hispanic leaders should demand the vice presidency and at least 2 cabinet positions in exchange for our support in the 2012 election.
    Promises that will never be met are simply not good enough any more.

  • 5 Anna // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Re: “this does not automatically mean that Grijalva and others are going to support it.”

    Of course they will. They’ll do what they’re told.

  • 6 webmaster // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

    As of the last hour, Grijalva was suggesting that some members who are in his caucus will vote “no”.

    I imagine that people are calling his office and their reps and voicing their concerns.

  • 7 chicanofuturet // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:51 am

    If it weren’t so tragic,it would actually be quite funny to imagine a people (Mexicans) who having lost 66% of their income and wealth over the last decade,wringing their hands in worry and agonizing the “debt ceiling” gets raised so “Mastah” can get the nation deeper into debt through more corruption having more taxpayers’s money to dole out to his political and corporate cronies,keep the wars in the middle east going,financing and outsourcing with billions of american taxpayer’s money even more american factories and jobs to China,India and more recently Brazil.. etc etc the list goes on and on..

    How absurd.

    The fact of the matter is that in the economic and social context the USS America is sinking pretty fast and Mexicans are the first ones being thrown overboard to keep the ship afloat for others to survive.

    And yes both parties share the same long range goals by either privatization for the benefit of “Casino wall street” or of just straight out eroding and eventually dismantling social security all together.
    Don’t fall for that slick congame of good cop vs bad cop..GOP vs Democratic Party.It’s all a show meant to fool and deceive the ignorant and the foolish.

    The difference not being of essence but rather of form,detail in how best to conduct the process of dismantling social security without inciting a national rebellion.For decades now,former administrations under both parties have participated in the wholesale looting and pilfering of the social security fund,so much so that it is highly improbable the younger generation of Mexicans will ever see penny of social security because by that time it will be bankrupt.

    It’s not a pretty picture to imagine how life would be for millions of senior Mexicans not having social security,especially in light of the fact that an overwhelming majority of all Mexican social security recipients rely almost totally on their social security checks for survival.

    All Mexicans of the younger generation should never ever forget..time marches on,maybe today you are young.but the time will most definitely come when you too will wake up one day and see an older person in the mirror.This about both the young as well as the old.

    Mexicans need to get out of denial,grow up politically and stop indulging in their childish trust in either of the two parties GOP/ Democratic Party.
    True political wisdom and intellectual maturity will arrive the day when Mexicans fully realize that both the GOP and the Democratic Party are two corrupt parties owned by the same people..the rich and powerful corporate elites who are the one’s really running the show and giving the orders to their hired help.

    Of course some Mexicans will never change,never see the light,refuse to deal with reality.And as sure as the sun rises one day most of them will suffer one way or another for their delusions.

    For some that could be due to reasons of vested selfish material interests,personal ego and power trips or just plain old fashioned damned foolishness.

    But for the vast majority of Mexicans it will be the perpetuation of such ignorance and delusion,which as long as it continues,will serve the interests of the ruling class.
    Hopefully we can only hope they will see the light before it’s too late.

  • 8 Anna // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Re: “I think Hispanic leaders should demand the vice presidency and at least 2 cabinet positions in exchange for our support in the 2012 election.”

    What difference would that make? None. These people answer to the banks and the rest of the top 1%. They do not answer to the voters.

    And trust me, all of the Hispanic Reps will vote for this bill.

  • 9 webmaster // Aug 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Ok Anna, I’m glad you looked into your crystal ball and determined that all Hispanic Representatives will vote for the debt agreement. If that’s the case, why is Rep. Grijalva now going on camera saying that he won’t support it? Is he just blowing hot air?

  • 10 Anna // Aug 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I hope he’s telling the truth. We’ll see.

  • 11 irma // Aug 2, 2011 at 11:21 am


    I realize that the VP is basically a figurehead officially but a Hispanic VP would galvanize our political base to go for the the number one position.
    Baby steps, that is how one starts. Also, if we were able to get the Democratic party to concede to us this position – that would be a HUGE step towards getting them to DO something for us, instead us just listening to our complaints.

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