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Social Security and Medicare: A Matter of Trust

by: Michael Conrad

Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 06:24:02 AM EST

A look at major developments in the fight to truly strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and proposals for the ongoing battle.
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Progressive Populism: What It Is, What It Isn't

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:37:38 AM EST

This post is part of a running series on progressive populism.

This installment covers misperceptions of progressive populism, the attributes that define it and those that don't, and the go-to conservative response that gets everything backwards.  

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Stand This Ground

by: Michael Conrad

Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 21:26:04 PM EST

So we have a deal and it's appallingly lopsided. Brian Beutler, Hunter, and Greg Sargent have all of the bases covered.

In the president's own words, $1 trillion in cuts over 10 years and a bipartisan committee with "everything on the table." Rep. Cleaver is calling it a "sugar-coated Satan Sandwhich. If at the start of this whole fiasco, you would have set out to write a snark "report" of the final deal meant to illustrate the absurdity of the constant capitulation and pre-compromise, and where it would lead, it would look a like this deal.

Below are some things to keep in mind when evaluating the deal.  

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Obama, Debt Ceiling Deals, and the Future of the Democratic Party

by: Michael Conrad

Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 09:42:40 AM EST

This is an in-depth post. It reflects my belief that the debate about potential debt ceiling goes right to the heart of what the Democratic Party at its best stands for.

Before reading, please take a minute to contact Congress and voice strong opposition to Social Security cuts and raising the Medicare eligibility age. And please spread the word and get others to do the same. Thanks.

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Building A Movement: Vision

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 22:32:25 PM EST

Far too many Democrats are still trying to beat something -- the Republican vision -- with nothing. Considering the inherent strengths and broad appeal of a fundamentally progressive vision in 21st century America, this decision is nothing short of political malpractice. We've got a vision the right-wing can't beat; one that underlines all of the winning contrasts. So why aren't we consistently articulating it?  
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Effective Government And The Failures Of "Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative"

by: Michael Conrad

Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 19:34:26 PM EST

Demos and The Democratic Strategist have teamed up on a very important series on the challenges facing the progressive vision of effective, responsive government. This discussion is one you'll probably want to block out time for.

On a related note, the notion that Democrats can inoculate themselves from charges of being "too liberal" by being "socially liberal, fiscal conservative" has been gaining steam again lately, perhaps because it dovetails so perfectly with the personal views of much of the Beltway press. There's one glaring problem with this approach: there is little evidence that it stands a chance of working, in any sense of the word.

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Progressive Populism: An Agenda

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 10:11:10 AM EST

I've written a variation of this before, but it's about time for an update.
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By Example

by: Michael Conrad

Fri Feb 11, 2011 at 03:35:58 AM EST

An addition to the Better Democrats debate, in list form.  
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Ari Berman on Obama and Progressive Populism

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 18:16:44 PM EST

From Ari Berman's outstanding new piece:

The opportunity is ripe for Obama to pull a reverse Reagan-articulating a progressive populism that is more relevant now than at any time since the 1930s.


I can't recommend reading the entire piece highly enough. Berman talks to Mike Lux, Robert Reich, Stanley Greenberg, Paul Begala and other Democratic veterans who offer valuable insight. Smart Democratic strategists complete with backbones and sans Beltway Goggles are out there. There's a lot of them actually, contrary to what the presence of ineffectual pushovers who insert themselves and their lame ideas into the center of every conversation would lead you to believe.

Berman ends on this note:

Ultimately, though, the president has the nation's bully pulpit. It's up to Obama to use it.
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After Daley

by: Michael Conrad

Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:33:48 AM EST

William Daley is the president's new Chief of Staff.  Clearly Daley possesses attributes that outweighed the downside of choosing another Wall Street power player to bring into the inner circle, at least in the president's mind. It would be a massive understatement to say that, in light of recent events, this choice does not inspire confidence in where the president is headed.  
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Building A Movement: Confrontation

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 14:01:16 PM EST

Those invested in the status quo consistently try to shame/intimidate progressives into accepting the premise that we should shy away from confrontation; whether with K Street, the GOP, right-wing talking points, or conservaDems.  Though the resilience of the "progressives must speak very softly and carry the world's least formidable stick" school of thought isn't exactly the most pressing challenge facing us, the implications are far-reaching.  The prevalence of the mindset ties into pretty much everything; how we see public opinion and the power of our coalition, our identity, our goals, and how we respond to setbacks.    
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