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rndmprsn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:56 AM
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New populism in U.S. spurs Democrats on the economy

WASHINGTON: On Capitol Hill and on the presidential campaign trail, Democrats are increasingly moving toward a full-throated populist critique of the current economy.

Clearly influenced by some of their most successful candidates in last year's congressional elections,
Democrats are talking more and more about the anemic growth in American wages and the negative effects of trade and a globalized economy on American jobs and communities. They deplore what they call a growing gap between the middle class, which is struggling to adjust to a changing job market, and the affluent elites who have prospered in the new economy. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York, calls it "trickle-down economics without the trickle."

Populism is hardly new in the Democratic Party. Al Gore vowed to fight for "the people versus the powerful" in his presidential campaign seven years ago, and Republicans have long accused the Democrats of practicing "class warfare."...

...But many Democrats argue that this is an inevitable response to the dislocation and unease in much of the country, which was a crucial factor in the party's victory in Congress last November. The case for populism is made most powerfully by the Democrats who were elected to Congress last fall. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who defeated a Republican incumbent with an attack on the trade and economic policies of recent years, said he was convinced that the populists were on the rise. He noted that he carried Ohio by 12.5 percentage points two years after John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, lost the state by only about 2 percentage points, and with it the presidency.

"That's because of the economic populist message," Brown said. "They voted minimum wage, they voted trade, they voted student loans, they voted health care and prescription drugs, over what their traditional conservative social values might suggest. And that's the route to winning Ohio for Hillary or Barack or anybody else."
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:09 AM
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1. "Practicing class warfare."
Well, they STARTED it.
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