College of Political Knowledge
We have all the indications that there will be a “Blue Wave”….by that we mean there should be a massive election of Dems to the House and maybe some for the Senate.
Most Dem candidates tell the population that they stand for progressive ideas and for moving the country forward.
This tickles me…….the ones that are saying such crap are the old Clinton Dems from the 90’s and those are in NO way a progressive candidate……these people are what use to be called “Blue Dog” Dems….meaning that they were conservative some to the point of being more so than the GOP….they did NOTHING to move this country forward.
Most are owned by the corporate structure that owns the GOP….it is not political it is about which will increase profit with the least amount of pain for business.
To be a true progressive one would need to embrace a wealth of issues…..
- A National Health Service to include all existing government medical agencies.
- Social insurance, to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, and the disabled.
- Limited injunctions in strikes.
- Farm relief.
- Worker’s compensation for work-related injuries.
- An inheritance tax.
- equal rights (pass ERA finally)
Yes these were ideas from the old Progressive Party of Teddy when he ran as a 3rd party candidate. A look at modern progressive issues from the Progressive Policy Institute…..
Progressive politics are essentially a set of ideals and policies revolving around solving social issues and preventing different forms of disenfrachisement. Things like broader voting laws, stratified taxation (e.g. more money–> higher, more taxes), and different forms of equality legislation (e.g. Equal pay, Marriage equality, voter protections to prevent disenfranchisement).
We true progressives hate it when the media taunts some candidate as a progressive……No I am not a liberal…no I am not a Democrat….I am a progressive.
I often get asked what the difference between a “liberal” and a “progressive” is. The questions from the media on this subject are always something like, “Isn’t ‘progressive’ just another name for ‘liberal’ that people want to use because ‘liberal’ has become a bad word?”
The answer, in my opinion, is no – there is a fundamental difference when it comes to core economic issues. It seems to me that traditional “liberals” in our current parlance are those who focus on using taxpayer money to help better society. A “progressive” are those who focus on using government power to make large institutions play by a set of rules.
To put it in more concrete terms – a liberal solution to some of our current problems with high energy costs would be to increase funding for programs like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). A more “progressive” solution would be to increase LIHEAP but also crack down on price gouging and pass laws better-regulating the oil industry’s profiteering and market manipulation tactics. A liberal policy towards prescription drugs is one that would throw a lot of taxpayer cash at the pharmaceutical industry to get them to provide medicine to the poor; A progressive prescription drug policy would be one that centered around price regulations and bulk purchasing in order to force down the actual cost of medicine in America (much of which was originally developed with taxpayer R&D money).
Please do not get me started on the stupidity of a Democrat equates to being a socialist. That is right I said STUPIDITY!
My point is know your issues and do not allow labels to define your vote.