"Put it this way: If you produce a bill that Olympia Snowe of Maine cannot vote for, you have not produced legislation "for the generations." You have not even produced legislation that is liberal. You have produced legislation from the left. You have produced once-in-a-lifetime legislation that no Republican from any constituency across America could vote for.
Finally, we are achieving real political definition.
The Democrats are now the party of the state. The 20th century hybrid version of the Democratic Party, which included private-sector industrial unions and Wall Street liberals, is being abandoned by its leadership as unwanted and increasingly unnecessary.
Richard Trumka, the former head of the mine workers´ union who now runs the AFL-CIO, had to get an 11th hour White-House reprieve from his own party´s desire to get financing for their legislation by taxing many of his largely private-sector union members´ Rolls-Royce insurance plans. Time was, the party existed to protect those private unions; now it´s optional.
To make up for not being able to expropriate health-care cash until 2018 from the remnants of the old industrial unions, the Democrats conjured a 3.8% "Medicare tax" on higher-bracket investment income. Democrats and Mr. Obama defended the investment taxes as "fair-share" social justice. Much of Wall Street has been notable for its private philanthropy across an array of liberal and cultural causes, but now "giving back" means a pipeline hooked straight into the federal budget. Congressional staff will decide who gets what.
Liberals in the private sector have to come to grips with the fact that what they do for a living is an abstraction to the people they are sending to Washington. Nobody at the top of the party is much interested in them anymore. House and Senate Democrats hammered insurance, pharma and medical-device makers with taxes and intimidation. It wasn´t just politics. It was belief. With this bill, the party made the transition from market unionism to Alinskyism, from a politics tempered by the marketplace to one that milks the marketplace.
By default more than design, the Republicans now find themselves the party of the private economy. Their members, even in faraway Maine, should figure out how to align themselves with the interests of what is still the world´s most dynamic economy."
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I know it´s so much more effort to excerpt an article and actually weigh in with your own opinion on something, but that´s what you´re supposed to do. Then again, I am talking to somebody who pops in once a month to spam the forums with Tea Party talking points ...
how to parrot fringe right wing talking points... even carnold puts more effort into his posts dispite being just as fringe as crayola.
"By default more than design, the Republicans now find themselves the party of the private economy."
they are the party of pro-big-buiness and SCREWING THE PEOPLE.... but as long as their pro-busness (like the democrats aren´t...lol) by which they mean constantly cutting taxes even (and esspecially) to the detriment of the nation then screwing the people is a moot point right?
...if only people like you actually understood what you support and so bitterly defend.