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“The political problems of liberal populism are bad enough,” Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the “centrist” group Third Way wrote last week in The Wall Street Journal. “Worse are the actual policies proposed by left-wing populists.”

They’re warning Democrats not to push policies promoted by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Cowan and Kessler aren’t exactly Tea Party activists. Before Third Way, Cowan was Democrat Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff at both Housing and Urban Development and then as Governor of New York. Kessler worked for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and as director of policy and research for Americans for Gun Safety.

Still, Warren and de Blasio are faulted for having a “‘we can have it all’ fantasy,” believing that, “If we force the wealthy to pay higher taxes (there are 300,000 tax filers who earn more than $1 million), close a few corporate tax loopholes, and break up some big banks then — presto! — we can pay for, and even expand, existing entitlements. Meanwhile, we can invest more deeply in K-12 education, infrastructure, health research, clean energy and more.”

It’s “reckless” to ignore the looming financial insolvency of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (which is being dramatically expanded) warn these Third Way authors: “Sen. Warren and her acolytes are irresponsibly pushing off budget decisions that will guarantee huge benefit cuts and further tax hikes . . . in a few decades.”

In response, groups like Social Security Works, Progressives United and Progressive Change Campaign Committee are threatening any politician associated with Third Way not to dare challenge their hankering for unlimited entitlements forever.

Delusions die hard.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor

5 Comments

  1. 2WarAbnVet says:

    Throughout history we’ve had people ho dreamed of taking what others have earned.
    It is unfortunate that such people are in a position to destroy our Republic today.

  2. JFB says:

    Delusions always die hard, the question in this case is how hard.
    To some degree Third Way is hopeful sign, that even some the “former” progressives are recognizing a bit of the realities.

  3. Jay says:

    Perhaps (probably) Sen. Cruz was/is correct -although yahoo news (probably AP) seemed to indicate that he is crazy. (RE: Obamacare, etc.)

  4. MoreFreedom\ says:

    It’s funny to read articles from liberals about Democrats who are cutting government benefits to government employees and other citizens getting government checks. E.G. Creamer at Puffington Host blames the Chicago Tribute for cuts that Democrats (who control the state legislature and city government) made, and claims the Tribute is conservative. LOL

    Some of the smarter Democratic politicians know their socialist schemes will fail, or at least that they are out of other people’s money to spend. Thus, to save these socialist programs, they are making cuts, contrary to what they promise their constituents. And I don’t mean to ignore RINOs who claim they are fiscal conservatives but vote the other way, breaking their promise to conservative voters.

    They realize if these programs collapse, they’ll have a much bigger problem, then if they make some needed cuts. But of course, that’s not what they tell voters.

    It’s interesting to see the liberal reaction. Blame Bush for what the Democrats did. That’s easier for them to swallow, than the truth.

  5. I was also on a limited budget with less than $350 to spend.

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