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Response to KPN (Reply #88)

Sun Dec 24, 2017, 07:41 PM

89. We got here because there was one more step left out--making sure Dems we elect do

what we elected them to do.

If they had done that instead of letting Wall St. off the hook, continuing the bailout with no strings attached, mostly continuing Bush foreign policy (apart from very positive moves on Cuba and Iran), continuing the privatization of public education, not even trying on card check for labor...

Healthcare reform was an improvement. But it was hard not to notice that it was an improvement that bent over backwards to preserve a role for private, for profit insurance that they do not deserve. Their execs are the real "death panels" the right went on and on about. And no one believes it was about saving insurance workers jobs. A lot of them would be needed to run a public system too. It was about preserving insurance company and exec donations, or at least not getting them diverted to righties who wouldn't hesitate to put profits over people.

People notice that shit. And though they might vote for you because you are better than the alternative, they are not going to donate as much money or pound the pavement when the best they can expect in return is a slower erosion of their standard of living than under Republicans.

And no amount of shaming and browbeating people is going to make people think Democrats did better than that when they see what's going on in their own lives.


At some point, if the Democratic Party is to survive, the leaders need to eat some humble pie, cut off at least SOME areas of policy from the dictates of the already very wealthy, and take real, irreversible action to make life better for the rest of us.

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