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  •  You don't need to replace the "word" , (0+ / 0-)

    you need to replace the strategy.

    Occupy, Warren. DeBlazio, and most of America call it the war on the middle class.  They are losing their jobs, savings, income, homes, and futures.  They don't want poverty programs, they want justice.    If you return and expand the middle class - the American Dream -  instead of feeding and sheltering the poor, you create a movement to redistribute the wealth.   If you wage a war on poverty, you distract and derail attention from income inequality to a federal program that repeats Johnson's war on poverty and creates a whole new generation of Reagan Democrats.   Do you honestly think anybody is Washington is going to fund a war on poverty?   How will they pay the ransom demand?   Certainly not with cuts to defense.  

    Under Johnson and Reagan, the middle class got fed up with the rich stealing their money and the Democrats giving it all away to poor people.   Clinton's brainy idea was a "new kind of Democrat".   He abandoned the poor, unions, and middle class to join forces with Wall Street, and we haven't had a real Democratic Party since.   Why is this diarist writing this Third Way propaganda and undermining the message?  Must be a Hillary supporter paving the way.  

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 04:56:51 AM PST

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    •  I couldn't disagree more... (1+ / 0-)
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      The difference is that the diarist is not talking about abandoning the poor (at least from what I got out of it) but rather reclassifying them and working to give them the opportunities they want and need.

      Talking about giving money to the poor is a losing message even to the vast majority of the poorest people  because they do not want to be given anything except an opportunity.  They do not want to be considered poor and they do not want to be perceived as wanting handouts.  They want a good paying job where they can afford to support themselves and their family and maybe have a little left over to have some fun once in a while.  They want to be food secure and have nice clothes and a nice place to live.  They do not want to be given those things, they want the opportunity to earn those things.  

      The Third Way was just another way to funnel all of the money to the rich in a manner that sounded palatable to the masses.  

      "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

      by Buckeye Nut Schell on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 06:20:40 AM PST

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