Robert Borosage: Here was the essential Trump, the confidence man, peddling a plan that does not yet exist on paper. Populist bluster was deployed to cover for what will be a one-percenter’s elixir.
Robert Borosage: For all the fretting about division, activists from all wings of the party and from movements outside the party have joined in propelling the popular mobilization against Trump’s horrors.
Robert Borosage: The virtual unity of senate Democrats is impressive and important. But there is one glaring omission: Democrats did put corporate tax cuts inside their red line.
Robert Borosage: The Better Deal argues that Americans “believe the rules of the economy are rigged against them” by “special interests, lobbyists and large corporations In the last two elections. Both argue that Democrats must be clearer about what they are for.
Robert Borosage: We don’t need to waste more lives and resources in Afghanistan. We don’t need a comprehensive strategy for more war in Afghanistan. We need a simple decision to get out.
Any Senator who votes to open the debate on Tuesday or for the plan – named in Orwellian fashion – The Better Care Reconciliation Act – on Thursday is voting for the greatest rollback of basic services in U.S. history.
Robert Borosage: Sanders noted that he won more votes of people under 30 than both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined, and said “what that means—our ideas and our progressive leaders—is that we are the future of this country.”
Robert Borosage: With the collapse of the Labor Party in Scotland and right-wing UKIP voters folding into the Tories, it is virtually impossible for Labour to win a majority in the parliament. But Corbyn’s surge, like Sanders in the United States, is testament to the power of a bold populist alternative.
Robert Borosage: Americans are more than ready. A January poll by the Pew Research Center found that 60 percent of Americans surveyed agree that the government should be responsible for ensuring health care for all, with support at its highest levels in a decade.
Trump can and will do immense damage to everything from climate policy to deportations, but his populist posturing turns out to be toothless.
His presidency was largely a competent, no-drama, scandal-free administration, and it will only gain in esteem as we gag on a presidency rotting, like a fish, from the head down.
Gabbard isn’t going to lose her seat because of Tanden and Dean’s tweets. Her opposition to escalating the wars in the Middle East enjoys wide popular support. But the calls for her ouster are instructive in any case.
Trump promised to clean the swamp, but turned his economic policy over to Goldman Sachs alums and stacked his White House staff with lobbyists and cronies stained by corruptions and conflicts of interest.