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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 11:35 PM

13. let's try that again...

I was away last night trying to type on a frustrating tiny laptop keyboard.

Here's the deal... Dems need to create new arguments... or ways to reframe old ones that just need to work on a few % of the public... and high on that list is educating the public on fiscal matters. It WAS a big issue in 2000 why not now? Is it because the public has gotten dumber... or the Dems gave up on it? The GOP's long term strategy is a variation of Reagan's Starve The Beast... and it's an existential threat to Dem priorities. I spoke about it here https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=13010028 One of my point was YES numbers can be abstract to many... though I don't think that $10,000 depreciate in the MW is... especially if it's framed as class warfare. How should Dems deal with abstract budget numbers... I saw this back in 2003 or 04 and this it's brilliant. Want to scare the crap out of the average person use visual aids like https://web.archive.org/web/20040604030839/http://crunchweb.net/87billion/index.htm When the average person sees what a TRILLION in deficit spending looks like....

AND Dems need to create a simple but broad historical narrative of progressive achievements the past 120 years.... which I discuss here... https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=13010949. Dems DO need to create class consciousness... and they need to ask at every chance they get, what right wing ideas ever helped the little guy... even if it means disparaging corporate Dems who supported bad ideas like free trade... deregulation and irresponsible tax cuts. The Obama tax cut may be the biggest in history... 3.9 TRILLION over a decade.

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