The Washington Times - August 2, 2011, 03:34PM

Saying they are shocked at the debt deal that cleared Congress this week, vowed retribution as lawmakers go home for a month-long summer vacation.

“We are angry, we are motivated and we will not sit and watch as vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are put on the chopping block to finance more tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy,” MoveOn’s executive director, Justin Ruben, said in a statement hours after President Obama signed the $2.4 trillion debt deal into law.


Tea party leaders had been bracing for compromise for months, but liberal activist groups seemed taken aback when entitlement programs were put on the table, first in closed-door negotiations between the president and congressional Republicans, and then possibly in the future work of a special deficit committee set up in the new debt-limit law.