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Reject Third Way propaganda, *especially* now. [View all]

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The Third Way/corporate-faction-of-our-party bids for passivity and low expectations re: "The Grand Bargain" have begun.

We were spared them for a few days during celebration over the elections, but the corporate mantra is starting to crop up all over the boards now, from the same familiar corners. Don't buy it.

You will hear the usual prepping for acceptance of a new "Grand Bargain" to impose trillions in austerity on Americans:

"We don't hold the House." 'Obama can't get anything unless he compromises." "You're just a purist." "Tax increases don't have popular support." "We have to address the deficit."

The arguments are tired, stale, and insulting. They are also economically irresponsible. The fact is that we have a tide of real change happening, so of course the corporate pushback will be strong and pervasive in every bit of media the one percent can reach, down to discussion boards on the internet. The defeatist messages are corporate-derived, even in cases where the ones repeating them do not realize it.

Reject the propaganda about our weak hand. Obama just carried every single swing state, with polls showing decisively that Americans, even across party lines, utterly reject Simpson Bowles and cutting Medicare and Social Security. Austerity is wildly unpopular among the electorate, for sound economic reasons. Europe is collapsing under austerity, and reasoned and educated voices are multiplying to proclaim that multi-trillion dollar budget slashing and austerity are a scam and an assault on a nation. They are not only NOT healthy like eating your peas....They are economically destructive.

Democrats who *truly* oppose austerity and Republican policies don't start out by preaching about bipartisanship and party weakness, especially when we have unprecedented public support and momentum now behind our party to do the right thing for the nation. Every bit of evidence...from economic data, to polls, to results of this decisive election.... is coalescing around the consensus that telling the one percent and the Republicans exactly what they can do with their austerity is not only the popular thing to do, but the economically responsible thing to do.

We hold the cards now, by every measure. The nation is with us. There are plenty of excellent prescriptions in thoughtful media, and in history, for how we can do this, EVEN with a Republican House:

Voters Didn't Ask for Bi-Partisanship, They Demanded Good Policies...Obama holds the cards this time
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021789621

Budget cutting in a depression just deepens the depression
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021789566

It is well past time for the deliberate looting of the poor and middle classes to stop, and for the looters to be hobbled once and for all. We must pressure our politicians to seize this opportunity for real leadership and real change. Don't let the conversation be derailed by the same tired, destructive propaganda. We hold the cards this time.


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