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  •  They're nice things, but they're half-measures (1+ / 0-)
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    that Pres. Obama will allow to be eroded into tenth-measures. $10 minimum wage when it should be at least $15 with automatic inflation increases as an endpoint, not as an opening gambit. Clean energy investments while hyping "clean coal," while not ending fossil fuel subsidies, and while letting BP have its way with the disaster of its own making. Stimulus that aimed too low and is gone now, with little political prospect of revival. The continuation of charter school support. The turning of what looked like a good way to cut out student loan corporate leeches into a giant sucking of student debt via the federal government to colleges via inflated tuition. Corporacare made up of Republican ideas when nary a single Republican voted for it in the end.

    How do political leaders work with us to bring about progressive change? Liberal populism. Make a real, unapologetic case for reining in corporate fat cat (yes, "fat cat") power. Make some people upset. "I welcome their hatred." "You have the power."

    The problem with liberal populism is that it means more power for us, the people, system-wide, and less power for them, the political leadership, within their part of the established system. It would mean letting go some of their control. It would take a truly brave leader who has some basic faith in real democracy for that, not someone who argues from the ever-rightward shifting 50-yard-line in order to seem "reasonable." Show us the end zone.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 04:48:34 PM PST

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