Monday, March 23, 2015

The debate we should have but won't, unless

Elizabeth Warren runs for President. This is Robert Reich said on what Ted Cruz's Presidency, and regressives generally, are about in the next election. And what the progressive debate should be about. But it won't happen unless Warren (or Sanders) challenges Clinton. Because with Clinton we may get some of the populist rhetoric but it will be empty with little to no change in that direction. Here's Reich and he's right:

"Ted Cruz’s official entry into the Republican primary guarantees a battle during the next 16 months over exactly the wrong things: how to get even tougher on immigration, why we must repeal Obamacare, why taxes should be cut on the wealthy, why safety nets have to be shrunk further, why Medicare and Social Security have to be slashed, why abortions should be harder to get, and why the military should be expanded. Cruz and his likely opponents (Walker, Christie, Huckabee, Rubio, Paul, Jindal, Santorum, Perry, and Bush) will talk about little else.

"Meanwhile, what will we hear be hearing from the Democrats? A vigorous debate over Wall Street’s toxic influence over the economy and American democracy? Why the Trans Pacific Partnership and other trade deals are killing American workers and boosting corporate profits? Why unions are critical to the middle class? Why CEO pay must be limited and the minimum wage raised to $15 an hour? Why taxes should be hiked on the rich to pay for better schools and infrastructure for everyone else? Why Social Security should be expanded by raising the cap on income subject to the payroll tax?

"At the rate we’re going, none of these. Hillary Clinton isn’t likely to bring them up on her own. Elizabeth Warren tells me she won’t run.Yet in this Second Gilded Age -- when almost all the economy’s gains are going to the top – America needs to debate where the nation must go in the 21st century, not a Republican debate about how to get back to the 19th."

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