Need more convincing austerity isn’t the answer…then read:

A very nice piece in the latest In These Times called the Austerians Attack outlines how we can get out of our budget crisis without destroying social security and medicare. True, in our current politics, much of what is offered would be impossible to pass. It is still a valuable piece, as the conventional wisdom, the going conversation in our via media is that the only way we can possibly even begin to address the problem is on the back of the middle and working classes and by cutting entitlements (even though they had nothing to do with the deficit problem). Whenever it is discussed, I would like to see the parenthetical addendum acknowledging that the discussion is about what can be done politically and that there are real solutions that would work very well and simply aren’t possible because Washington is controlled by big money that likes the status quo. We’ll never get that disclaimer from Brian Williams and the like, which only makes it all the more important to remember. And all the more important to be familiar with the facts and the reality; the problem is solvable. The only thing in the way of the solution is the monied interests who control the game. And that includes everyone in Washington in both parties, with very few exceptions, and those exceptions have comparatively little voice in Washington. Sure, some members of the progressive caucus (which, by the way, is the largest caucus in congress) support what is outlined in the piece linked to, but they aren’t really allowed in the larger conversation even by their own Democratic administration, which is nearly as beholden to big money as the Republicans. It is still crucial that Obama is reelected; we just have to remember that when he is reelected it is the beginning of our work, not the completion of it.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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