Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Two Parties; Two Civil Wars

Megan McCardle on the debt-ceiling deal and the coming civil wars within the parties.

Within the Democratic caucus they will have to choose between old people and poor people. Republicans will have to choose between tax increases and a strong military.
Me, I'd like a single entitlement system that takes care of people who are actually destitute and unable to work, not this mad scheme whereby America's middle class is supposed to get rich by picking its own pockets. You, dear reader, probably have other ideas. But whatever your ideas, you cannot assume the voters away. They are going to get in the way of your quest for the ideal world. So parties are going to have to start thinking about which constituencies they want to sell out in order to preserve the important core.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last sentence is the most powerful: "... the [political]parties are going to have to start thinking about which constituencies they want to sell out in order to preserve the important core." For the Democrats the important core will be the unions. As, for example, the reported $10 increase in dues. As was stated on one website: "On Independence Day, the nation's largest teachers' labor union, the National Education Association (NEA), was busy gearing up for the 2012 re-election of their Messiah, President Barack Obama. The far-left, radical union also voted to pass a $10 annual dues increase, which will go towards the NEA's Crisis Fund. Essentially, the new, mandatory dues increase will go towards helping the 'messaging' around Obama's re-election bid. Public sector unions have long supported Democrats, but have certainly upped their funding and grassroots support since Obama took office. Realistically, 2012 is the last chance that the labor unions have before America sees how devastating they really are."

August 4, 2011 at 7:27 PM 

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