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  •  Correct! On issue after issue... (2+ / 0-)
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    Scientician, ArtfromMI

    the majority of Americans agree with a progressive outlook rather than a conservative one.

    - Choice

    - Minimum Wage

    - Social safety net

    - Personal liberty

    - Social justice

    - Diplomacy

    Right on down the line, most Americans are progressives when you ask their view on specific issues.

    •  America is a greedy nation. (1+ / 0-)
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      I am loving the Dem wave of 2006-08 as much as anybody. But it's temporary. No matter how well the Dems manage the country, sooner or later we'll be voted out. Here's why:

      Since Reagan, the standard Republican pitch has been: "You can have everything you want from government and you don't have to pay for it. We can cut your taxes and everything will be just fine. Any remaining problems are the fault of [insert villain du jour here -- blacks, criminals, welfare moms, drug dealers, homosexuals, foreigners, liberals, etc.], and the way to fix our problems is to pass enough rules against these villains."

      This is a seductive pitch. People inherently want to believe they can have something for nothing, or at least more for less. People inherently want to believe problems are somebody else's fault. In 2006-08, reality has become so stark that it can no longer be hidden behind these lies. But sooner or later, the crisis will pass, and the Republicans will resurrect their siren song: "Pay less, get more, blame somebody else." And a majority of the public will sooner or later believe it.

      Exhibit A: 1994. Two years into Clinton's first term -- unemployment was down, interest rates down, deficit down, stock market up, nobody'd yet heard of Monica Lewinsky -- what was not to like? Yet people were outraged enough to deliver both the Senate and the House to the Republicans.

      Moral to the story: our time in power may be short. We need to be bold, act fast while we have the chance.

      -4.25, -4.87 "If the truth were self-evident, there would be no need for eloquence." -- Cicero

      by HeyMikey on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 10:14:22 AM PDT

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