Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tax the Rich, Save America

Steve M. states what progressives need to do in light of the recent Tax Cut Deal:

Well, it would nice to believe that Democrats would actually use two years to devise and deploy a strategy that will change the terms of this debate. Do you think they'll manage it? Me either.

But maybe that's what the rest of us need to do. Shouldn't outside groups be trying to foment class warfare, on the assumption that it should be done whether Democrats get on board or not? That's how successful progressive movements have worked historically -- not in lockstep with Democrats, and not primarily as sworn enemies of Democrats, but on the principle of "Here's where we stand; join us or don't -- we're marching anyway."

This should be our tea party -- there should be groups spring up all over the country with names like Tax the Rich. Activists need to make more activists out in the heartland, on the principle that the well-to-do have done well while the rest of us have struggled.

I'm having a naive fantasy, of course -- much more energy will probably go into a "PRIMARY EVERYBODY!!!" movement. But a fella can dream, can't he?

I know it's a pipe dream, but it's what we need. Perhaps someone like Markos once he's done with his emo-fest can mobilize the effort. Or maybe MoveOn, what do they do again? As Steve M says, nobody historically was waiting around to get policies passed, they marched.

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