Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

The end of progressive government?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU
 
dtotire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:09 PM
Original message
The end of progressive government?
God help us if the country adopted his programs.

The end of progressive government?



By E.J. Dionne Jr., Sunday, April 3, 7:53 PM


So far, our nations budget debate has been a desultory affair focused on whether a small slice of the federal governments outlays should be cut by $33 billion or $61 billion, or whatever.

But Americans are about to learn how much is at stake in our larger budget fight, how radical the new conservatives in Washington are, and the extent to which some politicians would transfer even more resources from the have-nots and have-a-littles to the have-a-lots.

And you wonder: Will President Obama welcome the responsibility of engaging the country in this big argument, or will he shrink from it? Will his political advisers remain robotically obsessed with poll results about the 2012 election, or will they embrace Obamas historic obligation and opportunity to win the most important struggle over the role of government since the New Deal?


This week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will announce the House Republicans budget plan, which is expected to include cuts in many programs for the neediest Americans.
>snip<



Put the two parts of the Ryan design together tax cuts for the rich, program cuts for the poor and its radically redistributionist purposes become clear. Timid Democrats would never dare embark on class warfare on this scale the other way around.

read more:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-end-of-progr...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:11 PM
Response to Original message
1. "...or will he shrink from it?" Rhetorical question, yes?
n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
northoftheborder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:34 PM
Response to Original message
2. I would love to be shocked by Obama.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:44 PM
Response to Original message
3. People need to disabuse themselves of the idea that democrats are timid and spineless and thus
refuse to challenge the cruelty and viciousness of the right. They endorse the transfer of wealth to the already super rich and the shifting of financial burden onto the backs of the working class. That's why they are "timid" and "spineless." It's a cruel hoax that too many of US accept as the truth. So we vote for more democrats thinking things will change, they won't.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:57 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. you are right. they get their money from the same people and thanks to citizens united
they will get a lot more of it from them if they play their cards right. and since their job is only to get re-elected then they are going to do what the people with the money want them to do. I wish we had another viable place to put our votes. I am sick of both parties. I am sick of this bs.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri Dec 26th 2014, 06:53 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Editorials & Other Articles Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC