A Progressive Grassroots Coalition Empowering the Middle Class
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, September 27, 2013, 03:29 PM EDT
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. In an interview with the Huffington Post, U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan said this:
“A government shutdown is not the end of the world," Lonegan said. He also said there could be a benefit to shuttering Washington for a while. "Now we know who is non-essential. Go home and stay home. That is how we downsize the government."
According to the Washington Post, a 2011 estimate from the Obama administration found that approximately 800,000 federal workers would be furloughed in the event of a government shutdown.
It is stunning that Steve Lonegan could so casually call for the elimination of 800,000 American jobs. Federal workers aren’t faceless bureaucrats in Washington, DC. These are dedicated public servants who serve our country, whether it is protecting our food, our water, or our transportation systems.
In a few sentences, Steve Lonegan made one thing perfectly clear. Working and middle class Americans are not his concern. He apparently does not care about how eliminating 800,000 jobs would impact workers and their families. Nor does he seem to understand what the loss of essential services would do to our communities.
That is why it is so important that we elect Cory Booker on October 16. If we care about working people, about growing the middle class and making sure that the next generation can still achieve the American Dream, Cory Booker should be New Jersey’s next U.S. Senator.
We cannot take anything for granted. We can’t slow down because of the results of a few polls. Polls don’t vote, people do. We have to make sure New Jersey workers and our families vote for the candidates who will fight for us.