If you consider yourself an Independent or Moderate but find yourself agreeing with mostly Liberal / Progressive policy stances (ie equal rights for gays, the Public Option, the wealthy should pay more in taxes, companies should pay their fair share of taxes and stop shipping jobs overseas, equal pay for women, repealing DADT & DOMA, the need for social security and Medicaid, etc…) then you are calling yourself by the wrong moniker. Stand up for what you believe in and stop acting like their is some virtue in calling yourself something you are not.
Joan Walsh, Chris Cilizza and Chris Mathews explain what I mean in the clip below…
- Moderates Are Not Independents, and Other Clues to Moves by Obama, GOP (politicsdaily.com)
- Liberals to Obama: Don’t Touch Entitlements (blogs.wsj.com)
- Liberal groups warn Obama on cutting entitlements (thehill.com)
This article speaks for itself. And makes the points I’ve been making for a while now. The Progressive counter-narrative is lacking from this administration…and SORELY needed.
Once again the extremist elements of the GOP have managed to tell the most legible and convincing stories. Republicans hammered home the idea that the national budget ought to mirror household budgets. “When the going gets rough,” the GOP says, “people have to tighten their budgets, the American government ought to do the same.” This is a compelling story. People hear this and think to themselves, “Yes, yes, I have cut my cable bill, cancelled my vacation, and started cutting coupons; the government should do the same.” This is a false equivalency.
Household budgets are not the same as national ones. In fact, this narrative obscures the reason that Americans are tightening their belts—because the failed, short-sighted fiscal policies of GOP-led governments brought our economy to the brink of disaster. By telling the story this way Republicans effectively dodge the main point that massive tax cuts redistributed wealth to the top 1 percent but failed to stoke job growth. They ignore that disinvestment in educational grants made college more expensive for Americans. They ignore that their deregulation of lending practices foreclosed on the American dream for millions. The government (under Republican direction) created a mess for American households and has an ethical obligation to address the mess it made. To ask poor, disabled and elderly citizens to sacrifice basic needs to underwrite the extravagant choices of their wealthier neighbors is profoundly un-American. In my house, when somebody makes a mess we clean it up. When somebody is sick, we care for them. When somebody needs a hand, we lend it. All of these basic realities are obscured by the good story about household budgets and fiscal responsibility. – Melissa Harris-Perry
- Melissa Harris-Perry & Joan Walsh: GOP Takes on Planned Parenthood (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
I agree with the sentiments here, and have for quite a while now. Any time I hear anyone explaining the joys they feel when they implement their “false equivalency”, the idea that they are somehow “post-partisan” because they proclaim to listen to both sides of the political arguments and see the points of both sides but also seem unwilling to stake a position, I will question their political aptitude. Politics does not work when one occupies the mythical center of what Mark Thompson (Make it Plain XM 167 5-8pm weekdays) calls “chaotic neutral”. Even those who consider themselves in the center have beliefs and convictions. To see some kind of virtue in being in the “center” on all issues is politically lazy, functionally unrealistic and disingenuous. And when a budget is released like the one proposed by Paul Ryan and the GOP, staying in the middle seems untenable…
Political moderates and on-the-fencers have had it easy up to now on budget issues. They could condemn “both sides,” and insist on the need for “courage” in tackling the deficit.
Thanks to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget and the Republicans’ maximalist stance in negotiations to avert a government shutdown, the days of straddling are over.
Ryan’s truly outrageous proposal, built on heaping sacrifice onto the poor, slashing scholarship aid to college students and bestowing benefits on the rich, ought to force middle-of-the-roaders to take sides. No one who is even remotely moderate can possibly support what Ryan has in mind.
And please, let’s dispense with the idea that Ryan is courageous in offering his design. There is nothing courageous about asking for givebacks from the least advantaged and least powerful in our society. It takes no guts to demand a lot from groups that have little to give, and tend to vote against your party anyway.
And there is nothing daring about a conservative Republican delivering yet more benefits to the wealthiest people in our society, the sort who privately finance the big ad campaigns to elect conservatives to Congress. – E.J. Dionne
- E.J. Dionne Impressed By Tea Party: They Made Budget Cutting ‘As Fashionable As Justin Bieber’ (mediaite.com)
- The Tea Party is trumping all… (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
- E.j. Dionne Jr. (sfgate.com)
- The budget fight is on (brobrubel.wordpress.com)
- The Right’s War on Moderation (themoderatevoice.com)
- Rep. Paul Ryan’s Wall Street Protection Act (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- What’s Ideological About Wanting the Government to Give Money to Rich People? (businessinsider.com)
Notice how Harris-Perry weaves in the racial / minority dynamic purported by the GOP for the last 30 years and how they have demonised particular minority communities and attached the negative feelings of those minority groups to issues around abortion or planned parenthood (or welfare or unions). This type of propaganda has been successful and has been accepted as truth despite the inherent untruth of the political propaganda surrounding these issues. Harris-Perry does a good job of putting in place an effective counter-narrative against the GOP based on the data and the economic truths surrounding this issue. It should be done more often.
- Mike Pence backs more abortions (salon.com)
- GOP Should Stop Bashing Planned Parenthood (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Mike Pence Says He’d Shut Down the Government to Defund Planned Parenthood (crooksandliars.com)
- Democrats pledge to filibuster anti-Planned Parenthood amendment (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- 41 Senate Dems oppose GOP Planned Parenthood cuts (thehill.com)
I’ve said for a while now that the Republican position pre-birth and post-birth are inherently incoherent and inconsistent and Charles Blow points out that it is actually economically foolhardy as well. I agree.
It’s about time we call out the Republican ideology for what it is… Inhumane… And then let our votes tell them what we think of their ideology.
It is savagely immoral and profoundly inconsistent to insist that women endure unwanted — and in some cases dangerous — pregnancies for the sake of “unborn children,” then eliminate financing designed to prevent those children from being delivered prematurely, rendering them the most fragile and vulnerable of newborns. How is this humane? – Charles Blow
2007 VIDEO: Obama promised to “walk on that picket line” if workers denied the right to bargain | The Political Carnival
Barack Obama in Spartanburg, SC. Nov. 3rd, 2007.
And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.
THIS is the President I voted for. Where is this guy!?
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Know the facts. Do not exclude the context of truth…
Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers.
How can that be? Because the “contributions” consist of money that employees chose to take as deferred wages – as pensions when they retire – rather than take immediately in cash. The same is true with the health care plan. If this were not so a serious crime would be taking place, the gift of public funds rather than payment for services.
Thus, state workers are not being asked to simply “contribute more” to Wisconsin’ s retirement system (or as the argument goes, “pay their fair share” of retirement costs as do employees in Wisconsin’ s private sector who still have pensions and health insurance). They are being asked to accept a cut in their salaries so that the state of Wisconsin can use the money to fill the hole left by tax cuts and reduced audits of corporations in Wisconsin. – David Cay Johnston