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  •  Not hard-left. (1+ / 0-)
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    shpilk

    Moderate-left might even be a stretch.
    I can see how what I said could be interpreted as calling the Dems "hard-left." They're actually no further left than the Roosevelts of 70 and 100 years ago, and not much to the left of Eisenhower 55 years ago.
    But to the hard right and their patrons, someone who favors reforming the healthcare finance system and keeping Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security afloat, and maintaining a safety net for the unemployed and the poverty-stricken, and letting everyone vote isn't a moderate but a hard-left socialist.
    Very few American believe that a tax increase is never justified for anyone, ever, and very few Americans believe that soaking the rich is all it takes to fix our budget deficits and our sick economy. I think most of us are in the unrepresented middle, thinking that maybe some of us pay a little too much, some of us could afford to pay little more, while perhaps certain huge corporations and some of the super-rich may be paying less than their fair share.
    Very few Americans believe that reasonable government regulation and oversight of big business would kill our free-market economy, and very few Americans believe that the government ought to micromanage big business and high finance for the benefit of the people and for the good of the nation. I think most of us are in the unrepresented middle, thinking that if the government had been paying proper attention to the financial sector, maybe we wouldn’t be in the economic mess we’ve been in for the past four years.
    Very few Americans believe that no civilian should ever own a firearm of any kind for any reason, and very few Americans believe that the government should never infringe on anyone’s right to own any kind of arms they want. I think most of us are in the unrepresented middle, thinking that maybe our friends and neighbors arming themselves with AK-47s is not necessary to the security of our free state.
    Very few Americans think it’s okay that the nation has gone three years without a budget. Very few Americans think it’s okay that presidential candidates all the way back to Nixon have promised a “coherent energy policy” and we still don’t have one. Many Americans are suspicious of opaque organizations funded by undisclosed wealthy donors that can freely spend unlimited millions boosting the candidates of their choice.
    I think most of us are in the unrepresented middle.

    Thomas Paine: When my country...was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.

    by Bruce Brown on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 04:50:13 PM PDT

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