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    are what all the voters want with the exception of the farthest right-wing fringe.  There is a bipartisan consensus in this country that we want jobs, good wages, social security, medicare, and medicaid.  When people say that those are "liberal" views and only liberals want those things, they are talking and acting in bad faith. Everybody except a tiny fringe of ideological fanatics wants those things.  Even some of the fanatics want them! Remember the Tea Party woman who told Obama to keep the government out of her Medicare? No matter how misguided or dumb that statement is, it's clear that that woman liked Medicare and wanted it to continue.

    This association of the above economic goals with "liberals" or even "Democrats" is just plain wrong, and it's used all the time as an excuse not to enact those policies. It goes something like this:  

    1)Jobs, a living wage, and earned benefits are liberal policies

    2)only liberals like liberal policies

    3)hardly anyone in America identifies as a liberal

    4)if we enact these policies we will suffer at the polls and lose political power.

    In truth,

    1) Well, maybe.

    2) Completely and provably false.

    3) True, because liberals have been identified for 30 years with everything short of demonic possession.

    4) Total bullshit, unless what you're worried about is offending your big donors.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:56:32 AM PST

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