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Fri Apr 12, 2013, 02:47 PM

Corporate Democrats assume we will tire of this "flavor of the month" outrage over the Chained CPI

We are just liberals being liberals after all, flitting from one burning cause to another. By Summer at the latest they count on us moving on to something else; it might be GMO crops, or Fracking, or maybe some current event in some corner of the world that hasn't quite become current yet. And of course they are banking on some predictable new Republican outrage to consume us all instead, and make us feel sheepish about ever having beaten up on a Democratic President to begin with.

It's the old conventional wisdom about liberals, which just happens to resemble the old conventional wisdom about the American public as a whole. We can't focus, there are too many details, and too many celebrities (the apolitical substitute for causes) to read about instead. Look, there's a shiny new object over there!

No, liberals aren't like gun advocates they say. We don't burn with a constant fire. You do remember that old conventional wisdom, don't you? The people who support responsible gun regulations don't care about their position nearly as much as those who will fight them to the death. Therefor, it went without saying, the NRA always gets its way.

Except that particular conventional wisdom no longer goes without saying, or to be more precise, without being challenged. To their credit many mainstream Democratic leaders have begun to reject that line of reasoning. They argue that times have changed.They talk about a sea change that many in Congress have just been slow to recognize. And they point to a new resolve in the American people to fight back against those who disregard their stated preferences on an issue that may mean life or death.

On Guns these Democrats argue that public safety advocates are engaged for the long haul now. They are confident this cause will not be forgotten three months after Sandy Hook. Change will not be averted by stalling for more time, distractions will not bury this cause in the public mind. Why? Two reasons; the imperative for common sense gun legislation has broken through the background static of our daily lives. We just got our wake up call. And second, and maybe even more importantly, we are organizing. Not just for one hearing, not just for one vote; we are organizing for an outcome regardless of how long it takes to get there. The President himself is making that case. Congress may not reflect that reality now, but it will in time. It's not just the next election, it's the following one too, and the one after that. There is a sneaker wave building off shore, and politicians who are not alert to that risk being washed away. That is the nature of a sea change.

Many of the same Democrats who bear witness to a sea change on gun safety remain blind to the one now happening on issues of economic justice. It too has been building over time, and a Democratic President's budget that calls for cutting social security benefits now serves as a sharp alarm. Maybe that's due to the shock of seeing a political heir of FDR calling for the first cuts in his legacy achievement No this isn't the first betrayal of economic justice in America, nor is it the worst example of it, but in time it will be seen as the turning point in the larger battle. Progressives are organizing now, not just for one vote, but for the long haul. We speak for the American people on this one, with polling consistently showing large majorities of Americans wanting the economic safety net stronger, not shrunken.

Not only are more Democrats keyed in to this issue today, more will be keyed into this issue tomorrow, and even more the year after that. The progressive base of the Democratic Party is fully engaged now and our anger will not subside in three months, even if headlines move on to other issues. Income inequality, the massive shift of wealth from 80% of all Americans to the top 1%, is the core progressive issue of this coming decade, probably for far longer. The ranks of the poor in this nation keep growing. We will not soon be silent, and we will not soon rest. This is not something that will blow over, it is more than a sudden squall.This is a sea change, and it can't be countered with pep talks or admonishments, or mere calls for party loyalty. It's much more basic than that. It is time to sink or swim.

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Reply Corporate Democrats assume we will tire of this "flavor of the month" outrage over the Chained CPI (Original post)
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 OP
Autumn Apr 2013 #1
AnotherMcIntosh Apr 2013 #3
Autumn Apr 2013 #5
AnotherMcIntosh Apr 2013 #6
Autumn Apr 2013 #7
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 #13
Autumn Apr 2013 #14
AnotherMcIntosh Apr 2013 #2
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 #4
Armstead Apr 2013 #8
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 #9
KoKo Apr 2013 #10
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 #11
Dragonfli Apr 2013 #12
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 #15
DarkLink Apr 2013 #16
mick063 Apr 2013 #17
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 #19
ananda Apr 2013 #18
AverageJoe90 Apr 2013 #20
Tom Rinaldo Apr 2013 #21

Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 02:48 PM

1. They just might be wrong, and they think that at their

peril.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:02 PM

3. They could be wrong -- or they could point to shiny objects, with "gun control" being one.

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:25 PM

5. My focus is on a chained CPI

not taking my eyes off that, I don't care which shiny object they want to use.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:33 PM

6. Good to know. It affects all of us. I hope that all of us can keep sufficiently focused.

 

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:34 PM

7. Keep calling and writing, That's what I'm doing

I don't intend to let up on that.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 06:13 PM

13. Congress in particular needs to hear from us n/t

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 07:10 PM

14. Yes, and we can't give up on it. n/t

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 02:59 PM

2. A recommendation: If you want to stick with the chained-CPI issue (and IMO you should), then

 

don't shift to shiny objects.

IMO, the "gun control" issue is a shiny object. Just one of many. It's a divisive issue.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:07 PM

4. OK I get that, but it actually was the similarity in "conventional wisdom" thinking that inspired me

In this OP I wasn't trying to argue the case for gun safety (and certainly not the gun advocate case either), I was pointing out how sea changes happen. I could have used changing attitudes towards gays as a different example I suppose, but I think that is more a case of very recent history rather than breaking news. I think that train already left the station while the gun issue is very much still in a prolonged tug of war, but there are signs that the NRA hold on politics, for better or worse (I say for better but again that isn't my point) is just beginning to give way. That was the better analogy I thought.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:38 PM

8. I think the key is to get enough people to see everything as a whole

Chained CPI is not some isolated blip. It is connected with the entire right-wing corporate agenda of stripping down government so people are totally at the mercy of the private sector. The GOP (funded by folks like the Kochs) have been pursuing this for decades -- and now they have got too many Democrats...including Obama -- to buy into their shit.

Likewise with most issues related to wealth and power. They all represent a similar trend of the powerful to seek ever more power. Deregulation, gutting of Anti-Trust etc.

It ultimately extends to environmental and social justice issues.

Some of us have been trying to point this out for years. Finally -- FINALLY -- in the last few years that recognition has begun to seek into the larger public zeitgeist....

AT LEAST, more people are aware and talking and trying to address issues that were totally ignored or marginalized in years past. And perhaps that will give the "liberal" side of the spectrum the same kind of persistence and mainstream resonance that the "conservative side has had for too many years.

That possibility is the only thing that gives me hope.

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Response to Armstead (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:44 PM

9. I fully agree

It all does link together. Awareness about it is starting to bubble up, like you say. One thing that will keep propelling awareness is that for millions of more Americans each year the knife is cutting closer to the bone.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:54 PM

10. Also,there are the WARS, McClatchy Report &Civil Liberties Injustices

and the Right to Confront Your Accuser, plus the use of DRONES and the Surveillance State..

These are issues very important to me and other Democrats who are organized and very much on top of what is going on with Bradley Manning and Julian Assange.

Those issues don't get much play here on DU anymore. But, the organizing is well outside of DU/KOS. It's growing because it's affecting people in broader ways through our economy, our huge MIC draining our taxes, our health care system with returning vets who have PTSD and terrible injuries and with our unemployment numbers, many have no hope of find a job to support themselves.

The MIC is part of the Corporate/Media /Industrial Conglomerate Stranglehold sucking our tax dollars out of our bank accounts, wages and pockets.

These are issues that link together. And, we are just about at a tipping point with what these Endless Wars are doing to change the fabric and laws our society plus our future financial health and well being..

Just wanted to add that to your very good post Tom.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 03:56 PM

11. You are more than very welcome to KoKo

Economic issues for some will be the point of the spear to wake them up and their own sense of security erodes, but there are many crucial issues that people are organizing around.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 04:00 PM

12. +1000

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 08:31 PM

15. They say the way to boil a frog is to raise the temperature of the water incrementally

That way the frog doesn't notice any change and doesn't hop out of the pot before it is too late. That's been going on in America for decades now with most of us standing in for frogs. This Chained CPI thing may only be raising the heat by a couple of degrees more, it's kind of a stealth cut that no one should be able to notice since it eases in so slowly, but this time it IS being noticed and there are a hell of a lot of frogs hopping mad about it.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 03:24 PM

16. In order to stop this assault, we need to go on the offense

 


They are insider trading right in front of us, this is highly illegal!!

Why did they do this?

'Congress Repeals Financial Disclosure Requirements For Senior U.S. Officials'
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014452676

Because we just found out about this and they probably traded on the information!

Fed Sends Insider Info to Goldman Sachs, Barclays, JP Morgan, CITI, HSBC, UBS and Congress!
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022650050

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 03:31 PM

17. Outstanding post Tom Rinaldo

 


Worth linking for people outside of DU to see. Worth sending to my representative in it's entirety.



Very well said.

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Response to mick063 (Reply #17)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 04:03 PM

19. Thank you. Obviously, feel free to use it or link it in any way n/t

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 03:56 PM

18. They couldn't be more wrong.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 04:06 PM

20. Income inequality is, of course, a key issue....but I'm afraid that it is beginning to become.......

....more and more obvious, to me, at least, that chained CPI is appearing to be nothing more than a shiny object being used to distract us from the bigger economic issues, such as the wage gap, the ever widening chasm between rich and poor, lack of prosecution of the banksters, privatization, etc.

And unfortunately, it seems to be working quite well.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #20)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 04:15 PM

21. Respectfully, I disagree

How many days has it been since the President signaled that the Chained CPI would be in his budget proposal? About a week I think, with 56 weeks in a year and 224 in one Presidential term. I'm calling this a wake up call in a larger battle. It makes sense for it to dominate our anger now, now is the time when a Democratic President first voluntarily offered up a budget with actual cuts to Social Security benefits. How keenly we key in on this now is a marker for how we can be played or not played by corporate Democrats moving forward. It effects not just this battle, but all ones subsequent to it also. Is there or is there not still a third rail that explodes against those who touch the essential core fabric of the economic safety net that Democrats of many generations have spent their lives fighting for? That is being determined right now, by us.

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