Working Against Average People

Working Against Average People

Benefits for the Richest

Eric Cantor votes against all the basic measures that would help the hard-hit middle class during this time of recession. Instead he spends an extraordinary amount of energy on securing benefits for the wealthiest 1 percent of the public. You might say a majority of the Majority Leader’s time is spent helping the 1 percent.

For example, Eric Cantor fought against measures to prevent the big banks that were bailed out by the taxpayers from giving large bonuses to their top brass.

In this excerpt from a “Morning Joe” appearance, Eric Cantor feigns outrage over the bonuses given to insurance giant AIG–the very same bonuses he voted to allow!

Many Americans have been outraged by the very idea of giving any kind of financial relief to the very people who were to blame for the financial collapse.  Doing so with taxpayer dollars only increases the sense of unfairness and undermines the goal of financial accountability.

No to Raising the Minimum Wage

Eric Cantor opposed raising the minimum wage and voted against extending benefits to the long term unemployed, but voted nine times to increase his own pay, accepting pay raises of almost $30,000.

 No to Extending Benefits to the Unemployed

Eric Cantor has shown no concern for unemployed people.  For example, he opposed extending benefits for laid-off workers whose benefits had expired or who had been jobless for more than six months.  In contrast to the unemployed, today’s average salary on Wall Street is more than $360,000.