July 5, 2005


Liberal legislative caucus envisions post-Bush era (Edward Epstein, July 5, 2005, SF Chronicle)

If the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is probably the closest thing Bay Area liberal Democrats have to a government in waiting, were to take over in Washington, these would become national policy:

Access to affordable, high-quality health care would be universal. Social Security benefits would be protected, along with private pensions. The minimum wage would be raised, and workers' rights to form unions would be protected. Expiring sections of the Patriot Act wouldn't be renewed, and Congress would fight media consolidation.

U.S. troops would be brought home from Iraq "as soon as possible,'' and the government would work to "restore international respect for American power and influence.''

All these points are part of the "Progressive Promise,'' an effort by the 59-member caucus of liberal House Democrats and one independent to reinvigorate the 15-year-old organization and make it more of a player in a capital city where conservative Republicans are solidly in charge.

Which just goes to show how firmly entrenched the American consensus remains. There can't be another country whose far Left would propose such minor tinkering were it to take over government from the far Right.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2005 6:22 AM

"affordable, high-quality"

cognitive disconnect.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 5, 2005 7:36 AM

"Progressive Promise?" I guess "Contract with America" was already used, huh.

Posted by: Scott Ferguson at July 5, 2005 7:44 AM

"restore international respect for American power and influence.''

Which of course only means France and Germany...not Afghanistan, Iraq, Poland, Sudan, India, etc...

Posted by: Bartman at July 5, 2005 9:17 AM

Let us not fail to note that almost every one of these so-called "progressive" issues is a step back in time, a reaction to what is going on. Any tactician can recognize the symtoms of an opponent who is rattled and who has abandoned the initiative.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 5, 2005 1:27 PM

This is insipid. How demoralizing for them, but what a tremendous goad to the unhinged to come up with a full-frontal agenda to put Kansas right.

Posted by: Luciferous at July 5, 2005 5:43 PM