Tuesday, December 5, 2006
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The Campaign for America's Future... and its enemies
In what I am convinced is a plot to make me reject Brink Lindsey's efforts to get libertarians and liberals to kiss on the first date, I was sent the following press release:
More than 100 leaders, speaking for dozens of progressive organizations, assembled today to organize a campaign to back major portions of the House Democrats' early legislative agenda. The attending groups represent an expansion of a regular meeting of progressive leaders known as the "Tuesday Group." Organizers said support for key elements of the agenda represents a down payment on a more ambitious agenda for change promised by the new majority in Congress.I should add that I do think the Campaign for America's future is likely correct in its assertion that "Democrats ran the most populist elections in memory." For support, click on this Stan Greenberg analysis of the midterm exit polls, as well as Public Citizen's report, "Election 2006: No to Staying the Course on Trade." posted by Dan on 12.05.06 at 07:12 PM
I mean, in theory unbalanced benefits of any given policy would effect a positive effect across the entire economy, but it doesn't work out that way. does it?
If I were forced to give a simplistic definition of globalization, I'd call it the normalization of barriers to entry.posted by: foolishmortal on 12.05.06 at 07:12 PM [permalink]
My HTML skills apparently suck, so I will include the link intended to follow " the following" in the previous post in plain text:
What do you mean, rejecting kissing on the first date? Didn't you come out for Kerry and Obama last time around?posted by: William Sjostrom on 12.05.06 at 07:12 PM [permalink]
Dan, the fact of the matter is the President's domestic agenda stalled after 2004 because he focused on a libertarian ideals: social security reform and immigration reform. Besides Iraq, the foreign policy issues that hurt him and Republicans the most were the Dubai port deal and free trade.
The fact is he has done arguably as much for libertarians or more than for social conservatives yet many of you are completely disloyal.
If you want, go to Democratic party. While the intellectual firepower will be missed in the Republican party since many GOP-leaning academics are of the libertarian mindset, the overall loss in vote will be minute.
Libertarians have an unrealistic view of how government works (since many have never worked in it) and seem to believe that "perfect is the enemy of the good." While I have some libertarian inclinations, I am tired of libertarians griping all the time.
If you actually advocated for you viewpoints rather than criticizing Republicans for not advancing it (even though they do), you might actually get somewhere. Over 80% of the American people want a raise in the minimum wage, most people want direct negotiations with drug companies, less trade, universal healthcare, and no private social security accounts.
The Republicans have taken a beating for standing against many of these things and then libertarians have the nerve to contemplate jumping shipping. I would enjoy seeing how much better you do with Democrats.
posted by: Ian on 12.05.06 at 07:12 PM [permalink]
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