The last time the Democratic party held enough of a majority in all 3 branches of government for long enough to get a lot done was under Johnson in the 60’s.
They ended segregation in schools. They passed the Voting Rights Act so that black folks could vote. Passed the Civil Rights Act including provisions to protect those who aren’t old white men in the workplace. Passed Medicaid and Medicare which has helped all lower income a great deal. Secured critical funding for education infrastructure.
Since that time Republicans have been in power most of the time, and/or have held at least one branch in order to block the Democratic party from doing more. We Democrats did not even get two complete 2 year periods with a filibuster-proof majority.
Bill Clinton lost his after the first year, and Obama just barely had a filibuster-proof majority for a few months. The special election in Massachusetts caused Republican Scott Brown to be elected, which ended the filibuster-proof majority.
Even during this minuscule amount of time, they did an incredible amount of good work. The much-maligned bill that Bill Clinton passed on welfare reform is actually what got federal funding for many work and education programs, besides being absolutely necessary
During Obama’s presidency, Nancy Pelosi alone did more good than all the Republicans to be elected since the 1960’s combined.
The $840 billion stimulus package, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank banking-reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the Waxman-Markey climate bill all stand out as examples of the skill and professionalism that she has and they lack.
Millennial Democrats would like to send the following message to extremists of all shapes and sizes: It would be wiser to vote than sit out unless you want Republicans to keep making your lives harder. They’ve got an encyclopedia full of dirty tricks with which to do it, and they put all the mechanisms in place with Trump’s tyranny of a tax plan.
Top income federal tax cuts mean more taxes and cost increases for everyone else. The State doesn’t just do without lost revenue from top income, in a show of stately love toward citizen.
It is instead replaced at the local and state level through backdoor tax increases on low and middle income.
Reducing regulations just means allowing top income to take advantage of more people. Government regulations are all that protects low and middle-income people, especially wage earners.
Most of us read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle in high school; for those who didn’t, it was about a factory worker from Poland eaten alive by the meatpacking industry of Chicago. The reason people aren’t living like that now is government regulation.
Be that as it may, however, there is a tendency on both ends of the political spectrum to revile government. To label all government as tyranny or fascism is to make the terms useless. There are people out there who benefit from the existent state of polarity. People have been taught to hate their government for a reason, by specific people.
Charles and David, the Koch brothers, are the sons of Frederick C. Koch, who co-founded Koch Industries. It has grown to be the second-largest privately held company in the United States, of which they own 84%. If their individual fortunes were combined in one place, they would likely represent the wealthiest person on earth.
Most estimates show numbers of more than a billion dollars, every one of which proves the rise of the Tea Party movement was far from an accident. It was orchestrated, and it was well funded.
What we are seeing now is part of a long game. They know full well the Blue Wave is coming. They know Trump will not last long. There is a reason that they all retired as soon as the tax atrocity was passed.
It’s not about the near future. It’s about what’s going to be happening decades from now and what kinds of limitations Democratic leaders will face in the near future.
The tax plan was forced on us like saddlebags on a racehorse. It was meant to handicap and even cripple our long-term prospects as a democracy. An understanding of this going forward is where discussions of policy must begin. The long-term goal of Republicans is to shrink government until it is so small it can be drowned in a bathtub, in the words of tax-cut crusader Grover Norquist.
Let’s try and keep our heads above water, just the same.