Governor Buddy Roemer - Politics as Usual

Manchester, NH– Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer released the following statement today on the passage and signing of the payroll tax cut extension:

"It seems that President Obama got exactly what he wanted this Christmas – getting the payroll tax cut passed and signed just in time for him to jet off to Hawaii with his family for the holidays. But as a candidate for president and a former elected official, I have to ask the question, ‘what about the American voter?’ Looking at this deal, it’s hard to say that anyone won. The budget deficit continues to grow and the social security system is in danger while taxpayers’ questions over the long term extension of the tax cut remain, even though the stimulus effect of what was meant to be a temporary cut has never been proven. Meanwhile, the president gets to look like the hero to voters as a champion of tax cuts, while the Republicans who were pushing for them initially are left holding the blame for the turmoil. It’s a mess. The ugly face of American politics just keeps showing itself.”

Once again, our elected officials have come down to the wire on legislation that doesn’t even address the underlying problems our nation faces. Remember the deficit super committee’s legislation right before Thanksgiving? Republicans didn’t want to compromise, because they didn’t want to have to back down on taxes and wanted to be able to blame Obama and the Democrats for continued economic woes; Democrats were half hoping the Republicans wouldn’t give in so that they could point fingers, too, and hope to take back seats in Congress when unemployment is still way over nine percent next November and the economy is continuing to fall apart. And the proposed legislation was far from taking the measures necessary to address the budget deficit. It was corrupted by the money in the system.”

Here’s an idea – how about putting aside the partisan nonsense and putting the American people first? With congressional approval at historic lows, it’s time for members of Congress to quit worrying about who to blame for the problem and start worrying about how to fix it. Sure, we all want to enjoy the holidays with our families, but what about the families that are too worried about paying their mortgages to be able to jet off to Hawaii for Christmas?”

During this holiday season, I’m asking the president and members of Congress to give some thought to who you really work for. Is it the corporations who are funneling money to campaigns in return for favors in the tax code, or the American people who voted for you? If it’s the latter, and it should be, let’s start putting together legislation that has a chance of fixing the problems, and restore some faith in the democratic principles we all believe in.”


Governor Buddy Roemer is a four-term Congressman and former Governor of Louisiana. He is known for refusing PAC and special interest money, implementing campaign finance reform, turning around Louisiana’s failing economy and cutting the state’s unemployment rate in half in just four years. Roemer is a candidate for President of the United States. His website is