Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why I Lean Democrat

Well, I'm certainly not going to deliver some ultra lengthy explanation of my political leanings, and let's say right up front that I am well aware that a two party system is unlikely to ever truly offer enough opportunity to truly affiliate yourself strongly with any party. Unless you see the world in a starkly black and white way, you have to be frustrated with the labeling inherent with such limited options.

I really only thought of this post after reading the following from Tim Pawlenty, Republican gov. of Mrs. Savvy's home state, Minnesota.

"We cannot be a majority governing party when we essentially cannot compete in the Northeast, we are losing our ability to compete in Great Lakes states, we cannot compete on the West Coast, we are increasingly in danger of competing in the mid-Atlantic states, and the Democrats are now winning some of the Western states," Pawlenty said. "That is not a formula for being a majority governing party in this nation."

As if that weren't enough, he ticked off a few more challenges.

"Similarly we cannot compete, and prevail, as a majority governing party if we have a significant deficit, as we do, with women, where we have a large deficit with Hispanics, where we have a large deficit with African American voters, where we have a large deficit with people of modest incomes and modest financial circumstances. Those are not factors that make up a formula for success going forward."

Think about that. There is a clear reason so many people, including (and important to me) people of modest incomes and modest financial circumstances.

Regular people, basically.

I believe that a large portion of the current economic debacle is the market's long term reaction to what basically is Reaganomics, the idea that by protecting the uber rich as much as possible, the money will somehow trickle down and help anyone. Doesn't work, never will work. You don't build a house by starting with the room. You have to support the base, the structural integrity, aka the middle class. To point out that those who have benefited immensely from our free market system contribute more to the societal structure isn't class warfare; it's common sense.


1 comment:

Kate said...

Great post.