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Well, EJ Dionne's certainly right about this. I find the discussions around town about whether or when Democrats need to do more in terms of putting positive proposals on the table to be slightly baffling. The position Dionne outlines here seems to me to be pretty obviously correct.

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I find the discussions around town about whether or when Democrats need to do more in terms of putting positive proposals on the table to be slightly baffling.

What's baffling about garden-variety bully tactics?

Posted by: PaulC | May 20, 2005 12:09:33 PM

Yup. It's the Agenda.

The challenge, he argues, is to indemnify those who may find themselves on the losing end of the transaction. This points to a number of big policy ideas: wage insurance, to ease the transition from one job to another; broader earned-income tax credits, to push up the wages of the lower paid; pension portability and incentives to help lower- and middle-income Americans put away money. Above all, it means guaranteed health insurance in some form, an idea increasingly appealing to companies in a competitive world market that want to take health care costs out of the prices of their goods.

And in this climate, higher minimum wages and broader unionization are looking more attractive than ever.

Posted by: Petey | May 20, 2005 12:09:40 PM

I agree, it's right on the money. But it doesn't preclude Dems arguing about (strategic) ideas among ourselves while holding the remains of the New Deal fort with (tactical) unified opposition. BTW, is it true that Joementum is about to defect on Bolton?

Posted by: Jim M | May 20, 2005 12:14:55 PM

"But it doesn't preclude Dems arguing about (strategic) ideas among ourselves while holding the remains of the New Deal fort with (tactical) unified opposition."

Those are forward thinking strategic ideas. They are the agenda.

Posted by: Petey | May 20, 2005 12:29:52 PM

Higher wage and broader unionization. Now is the time for the Democrats to start laying the groundwork for this. I like the context in which Dionne puts this:

The large debate the nation needs, in other words, is how to create enough security so that Americans can embrace a dynamic economy without fear. Paradoxically, throwing more risk onto individuals leads to risk-avoidance. Risk-taking requires a certain amount of risk-sharing.

I think there is a board cross-section of Americans this may appeal to. Forward-thinking business leaders, for one, ought to embrace it in their long-term interest.

Posted by: Ben Brackley | May 20, 2005 12:56:55 PM

Oops, last two lines are mine.

I think there is a board cross-section of Americans this may appeal to. Forward-thinking business leaders, for one, ought to embrace it in their long-term interest.

Of course, in this short-term quarterly profit environment, they probably won't, but in their hearts, they'll know we right as one Presidential candidate once said.

Posted by: Ben Brackley | May 20, 2005 1:00:15 PM

I cant say it loud enough, NYET!!!!!
Just a joke. My agreeing to be intransigent does not mean I want to be in transit to Siberia.

Posted by: Michael7843853 | May 20, 2005 1:35:04 PM

Matthew, have you been talking to Sr. Dion? Because this -- "The large debate the nation needs, in other words, is how to create enough security so that Americans can embrace a dynamic economy without fear. Paradoxically, throwing more risk onto individuals leads to risk-avoidance. Risk-taking requires a certain amount of risk-sharing." -- sounds like you.

Posted by: Jeff L. | May 20, 2005 1:36:03 PM

Close blockquote

Posted by: JP | May 20, 2005 2:04:11 PM

Close italics

Posted by: JP | May 20, 2005 2:04:36 PM

Try again

Posted by: JP | May 20, 2005 2:05:05 PM

More Newspeak. The old time remedy of tariffs is probably the best. Let the auto companies build Chinese plants to sell in China, European plants to sell in Europe, etc. This will take care of global imbalances. All this wage reinsurance, health insurance (if our corporate masters had wanted universal insurance we would have had it by now-lack of health insurance keeps labor down) is just so much nanny state stupidity. It will never be passed anyway.

Reps want you poor and stupid to exploit you. Dems want you poor and stupid to "save" you. Which is worse?

What a mess.

Posted by: la | May 20, 2005 2:34:42 PM

Let the auto companies build Chinese plants to sell in China, European plants to sell in Europe, etc. This will take care of global imbalances.

Not plausible for GM or Ford. Unless they suddenly get smart enough to figure out how to anticipate the domestic market with quality cars that people want and they don't go broke producing, I can't imagine them being any more successful elsewhere.

Posted by: gt | May 21, 2005 11:21:36 PM

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