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  •  At some point, I will have to organize my (0+ / 0-)

    thoughts enough to write something about why I think that young white voters would think that they will assume the burden of a deficit; and how I think it is that certain Democratic policy strategies play into their erroneous misconception of the situation.

    •  Inflation (moderate) is a good. Deflation bad. (2+ / 0-)
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      Stuff people need to know is hard to explain. The right has slogans.

      The left is still fighting over DFH's. We need language.

      "They pour syrup on shit and tell us it's hotcakes." Meteor Blades

      by JugOPunch on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 05:33:54 PM PST

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      •  We have language and we have better (2+ / 0-)
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        strategies, but we just are not employing either at the moment.

      •  The central point that I keep coming back to is (2+ / 0-)
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        that Democrats frame way too many universal problems in terms of small groups of minorities.  Martin Luther King's brilliance was in communicating the plight of the Black population in terms that white people could understand and empathize with.

        The Democratic strategies that we see are about these narrow groups of people; they are characterized, often, as victims unto themselves; and actions that they ask us to take are limited to these discrete constituencies' challenges - but their challenges are often challenges for all humanity - and why not engage the greater public in the debate about solving these problems for everyone?

        Perfect example is Tester's diary today talking about teen suicide amongst Native American populations.  Can we not all agree that teen suicide amongst all populations is a worthwhile issue to tackle and overcome?  Can we not agree that a program to combat such a terrible problem would benefit us all - across all lines of ethnicity etc.?  I understand that the rate is higher amongst Native American populations, but there is no reason not to address all of the constituencies in American on this front.  As a starting point, we talk about all of these people and should try to help them all.  The NEXT step after that is allocating resources and funding to those populations most in need.  But these days, Democrats and Progressives often just skip to the isolated group's plight and skip over the fact that all populations are suffering.

        At that point, they appear to only care about these small populations and not the entire universe of Americans struggling to figure life out.  That's not what we should stand for and that's not the message we should be sending.

      •  Millions of middle-aged Americans remember (1+ / 0-)
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        the 1970s and the inflation (accompanied by economic stagnation, AKA "stagflation") of that era, but the only people who remember raging deflation/depression are those age 90 and up...

        People judge the future based on the past, which is all they know...but most of the time it leads them astray, because history does not repeat itself precisely, or on a regular time interval.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 06:51:16 PM PST

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