They're concerned about government spending. Okay, what programs do you really wanna cut? I saw a few thousand or so amening Glenn Beck's assertion that in order to get the country back to where it's supposed to be, they may have to sacrifice their own social security and medicare benefits. Are they willing to do that?
A commenter named Teila made an interesting point in response to the open question post (not the page): government should only do for people what they can't do for themselves. So you know what? I'm going to list some of the things President Obama, but more generally and importantly progressives, want to see government do:
- protect consumers from being defrauded and exploited by banks and Wall St in general.
- protect employees from being exploited cheated out of earnings by employers and investors.
- make sure everyone pays their due share of taxes rather than use offshore accounts to avoid paying up.
But I digress.
- make sure everyone has access to quality healthcare.
- ensure merit really does count. That what matters is what you know not who you know or what you look like.
- ensure everyone has the opportunity to come to know something!
- make sure there's a solid economy for future generations.
- make sure there's a solid planet for future generations. (Really people. We need to go green.)
But anyway, back to my original point: for all this brouhaha, how exactly do tea pots and kettles plan to get there? What's the policy behind the rhetoric?