Sunday, October 09, 2005

What's so liberal about peace, love, and understanding? 
Avedon's got things exactly right in her reaction to Kevin Drum. Go read her post at The Sideshow.

FWIW, I've been saying similar things for years, especially the stuff in her last 'graf.(In early/mid '60's, the top marignal tax rates were in the 70-90% range while the economy was growing at a phenomenal 6+% per year and unemployment was at 4% or less). The liberal ideal is (and it operated, at least half-heartedly, all through the Clinton '90s) A rising tide lifts all boats. But in government at all levels today the operative metaphor seems closer to We see, from here in our big houses overlooking the shore, that a lot of people are drowning out there. Tsk tsk, ain't that a shame. But hey, isn't this a great view!?!

This isn't rocket science, nor even weird and dangerous experimentalism a la "supply-side" economics. It's just common sense, borne out by the experience of 80-odd years of the 20th century. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, write to your newspapers, call your congress-critters - and elect some new ones who'll take it to heart.

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