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How not to move the Overton Window

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Why it means so little to be a "progressive" now (and I am really sad):

This is Mark Thoma, who has been willing to give Krugman the benefit of many doubts over the past four years:

At the very least, Democrats should make something like this the opening bid in negotiations over the budget. But, unfortunately, "It’s not going to happen."

You do not open with your final bid, Everyone knows this.

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Submitted by hipparchia on

it's always worth remembering - the original progressives were teddy roosevelt republicans, joined by a handful of like-minded democrats.

teddy roosevelt was solidly liberal, or even lefty, on a lot of social issues, but he balked at actually breaking up the largest corporations. hmmm, that sounds familiar.

it's also worth remembering that a lot of the rabble-rousing, populist democrats of 50-100 years ago were bible-thumping patriarchal racists.

so, for the past 50 years or so, the populists have migrated to become the tea party wing of the republican party while the progressives have migrated to become the main wing of the democratic party. and the liberals, social democrats, socialists, communists and leftish anarchists have all fallen right out of the overton window and off the face of the planet, apparently.

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Submitted by a little night ... on

My historian friends are so solid in their support for Teddy that I had to go back and look... really, amazing.

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Submitted by mtngun on

The CPC did not consult with progressive economists. Instead, it consults with super-Neoliberal Jeffrey Sachs, aka "Dr. Shock," the arch-villain in Naomi Klein's book "Shock Doctrine."

That alone should make every progressive run, not walk, away from the CPC and its awful budget proposal.

The CPC also consulted with the Economic Policy Institute, which has taken money from Pete Peterson. Yet another reason to run, not walk, away from the CPC.

The CPC budget proposes raising taxes and reducing deficit spending during an economic depression -- totally contrary to Keynesian and post-Keynesian economics.

About half of the CPC's so-called stimulus consists of trickle down tax subsidies for businesses. Typical Neoliberalism.

I have recommended that the CPC change its name to "Congressional NEOLIBERAL Caucus."