Where Liberals Should Oppose “Big Government”
In one of Al Franken’s books, back before anyone imagined that he would ever slip into the US Senate, he wrote to conservative reps and asked them to name a government program that had been successful. Many replied, citing a large number of successful state programs. Franken pretended he was going to also ask liberal reps to cite programs that had failed. He didn’t actually do it. But it’s a good exercise. Mainstream Democratic politicians in this country waste a lot of time signaling their Centrism by distancing themselves from the New Deal tradition. That’s silly. There are some problems in this country that require dramatic intervention, and others that require less intervention. Dems should signal their reasonability by supporting a mix of the two.
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