The Democratic Party Cannot Defeat Trump by Returning to Past Failures

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/14/democratic-party-cannot-defeat-trump-returning-past-failures

      One path is a return to the failed and discredited supply-side trickle-down economics espoused by Art Laffer and Stephen Moore, whose policies during the Reagan administration drastically increased economic inequality in this country, in part by relentlessly attacking labor unions and cutting taxes for the wealthy.

      Another path is a return to the “normalcy” that characterized the Obama/Biden era of milquetoast Democratic party governance. During that time, the Obama/Biden administration refused to hold Wall Street and corporate America accountable for the massive consolidation of wealth by the 1 percent at the expense of working families. Joe Biden’s recent appointment of Larry Summers, an architect of Clinton-era Wall Street deregulation, as an economic adviser, is an ill portent for the future.

      Neither of these paths, which both represent the failed ideas and policies of the past, are satisfactory to address the immediate crisis, let alone the grave long-term challenges facing this nation. What we need now is a new vision for America to repair the damage done to our nation, and transform this country into a more equal and compassionate democracy.

      For the last 40 years, Bernie Sanders has served the people of Vermont at the forefront of fighting for economic justice, racial justice, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and environmental justice. His unwavering activism and commitment to these struggles has inspired millions of people in this country to join our movement for social justice.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/14/democratic-partys-hand-weak-only-progressives-can-strengthen-it

      So, what does the American public want two months into the pandemic? It’s no contest. They want a classic progressive Big Government response. An array of polls conducted after the first major stimulus (the “CARES” Act) passed, showed that Americans overwhelmingly support the passage of another stimulus, plus more direct financial relief. In fact, a poll from the conservative Rassmussen group showed 77% of Americans favored big spending vs 13% who were concerned about the deficit.

      Topping that off, support for Medicare for All—the signature progressive policy from the recent presidential campaign—is soaring in the polls. A Morning Consult poll conducted a few weeks into the pandemic revealed a dramatic increase in support for Medicare for All. Then, a Hill/Harris X poll from late April confirmed this trend. It showed that 69% of Americans, from across the entire political spectrum, support the universal single-payer health insurance plan. A staggering 88% of Democrats were in favor.

      The problem for the Democrats is that current party leadership, including Joe Biden, have not supported these overwhelmingly popular positions. During previous economic downturns, they have proposed only limited variations of progressive programs due to concern over the deficit. Fortunately for them, the political movement that advocates for these measures wholeheartedly is present inside the Democratic Party too; as a shift towards progressive policies would clearly benefit Democrats in the general election.

      History also makes a strong case for a progressive response to the crisis. There’s only one period in American history that merits comparison with the present, given the massive scale of the current rupture; and that is the near-complete gutting of the U.S. economy during the Great Depression. It provides a laboratory-like test case for the three political approaches at play in contemporary America. First-off, there was a moderate approach that was unwilling to go against the dictates of the market, represented by the Hoover Administration, which proved powerless not only to lift the economy, but even to respond to the suffering of the people. In contrast, the unprecedented progressive intervention that was Roosevelt’s New Deal not only jump-started the economy but also renewed the public’s faith in our society and government.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #316107
      N2Doc
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      Yeah, well, we know how that goes. Those in control of the “Democratic” party have no interest in fixing things, or even in winning power enough to try. They will sit in their safe districts, secure that no matter how bad things get, they and their media lackeys can always blame progressives for everything.

    • #316147
      MizzGrizz
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      Fear of Trump is just a sales  pitch thrown to their base—whom they see as ignorant rubes—to scare them into voting for Democrats.

      If Trump wins,they can fund raise off him like crazy and pretend to oppose him in public for four years while giving him everything he wants in private.

      • #316150
        Hobbit709
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        is their game plan 100%

        I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

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