Midterms 2014: The Red Wedding for Democrats 2

Naked Capitalism has the article Midterms 2014: The Red Wedding for Democrats.  Here is the best analysis of the 2014 elections that I have seen.  I knew a lot of this stuff already, and yet the article was still rather eye opening.

The midterms were not a “wave election” for Republicans, and in fact left policies were adopted by voters. The Democrats did not lose because of technical factors like the electoral map, structural issues with their “coalition,” or even for the reasons put forward by emo-dems. Rather, the midterms were a protest against neo-liberal principles and policy outcomes successfully achieved by Obama and the dominant factions of the Democratic Party: An active protest against Obama’s redistribution of income to the rich, and a sullen refusal to take ObamaCare as the positive good that the political class, refusing to look out the windows as they talk on their cellphones on the Acela, are sure that it is. Finally, Republicans are no less despised than Democrats, and in 2016 it may well be their turn to be subject to the cycle of massacre. Only a cat of a different coat….

This analysis explains why there are so many people who are Ready For Warren.  They are also Ready For Warren on Facebook.  How anybody could read this analysis and still be for Clinton in 2016 is just beyond my imagination.

This is a wake up call for progressives.  We need to understand that we may be backing the wrong horse, and the rest of the country is way ahead of us understanding this.  The right horse is not the Republicans and neither are many of the Democrats.  This is the message that we have not digested yet.

Since most of you won’t click through to the article, I guess I’ll have to put one of the charts from the article here.

The blue bars are the bottom 90% of the population by income; the red bars are the top 10%

The blue bars are the bottom 90% of the population by income; the red bars are the top 10%.

Are you surprised that the bottom 90% might not have appreciated what Obama did for them in the economic “expansion”? I don’t think a lot of the people I know are in the bottom 90%, so we don’t feel it quite the same way as they do.

You can squawk that Bush was the cause of the poor performance during the Obama administration, but politicians who blithely assume that everyone should feel great about the recovery is setting himself up for a big surprise.

Obama should have spent the last 6 years hammering on this issue rather than trying to fool people into congratulating him on a job well done. He should have explained exactly what needed to be done to fix the problem. Leaving the crooked financial executives free from jail to enjoy their ill gotten gains from the bank bailouts was not very convincing. By the way, corporations are not people, so jailing the bank executives is not the same as harming the banks or the financial system. In fact jailing the control fraudsters would have done more to fix the banking system than the Dodd-Frank bill did. Can you think of a politician (hint: her initials are EW) who has been hammering on this issue?

If you just saw the Boston Globe editorial cartoon, before seeing the figure above, you could feel pretty smug about the turkeys.

Boston Globe cartoon about the turkeys

However, having seen the first image, you might wonder if the bottom 90% of the people figured one hatchet wielding pilgrim is as good as another.

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2 thoughts on “Midterms 2014: The Red Wedding for Democrats

  • SteveG Post author

    Equity in taxation is a necessity.

    Doing something to rectify the effects of the bank bailout, one of the greatest transfers of wealth upward that we have seen. More bankers in jail and more mortgage debt relief would be good starts.

    The outsourcing problems need work at the international level. Instead of pushing the secretive TPP, we should be working on international agreements that would close the avenues to tax havens for the wealthy. When Bush came into office there were international negotiations on some of these issues. Bush put a stop to it. Some of those negotiations have started up again. Obama could certainly give some publicity to the value of those talks.

    Warren will get no cooperation on these issues from the Republicans. The beauty of that is she can make this one of the issues in her campaign for President in 2016.

    Now we have to think about what we, as ordinary citizens, can do to move the process along. We have two years to get the discussion of these issues started if the “leaders” won’t do the job. I wonder what the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee can do?

    Rather than try to educate people with lectures, perhaps trying to create forums for people to discuss these issue to come to their own realization that there are things that can be done.

  • BillM

    It is an obvious case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The real question is what can be done to reverse the trend. Certainly equity in taxation would be a good starting point.

    I don’t know what can be done to increase the “real wages” of the working class. I assume if the workers attempt to improve their economic standing the capitalists would view that as another reason to out source more jobs to Asia.

    I like what Warren is saying about educational loan forgiveness and mortgage debt relief but what are her odds of getting any co-operation from a Republican congress.