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It’s funny how conservatives claim liberals are ignorant, and liberals claim conservatives are ignorant, but I am pretty sure the conservatives are simply projecting their own ignorance on the other side. Truth does have a well-known liberal bias. It’s almost like both sides live in different universes.
"When it comes to supporting families in a growing economy, Democrats have taken charge front and center to give American families a livable wage in a nation overtaken by the top 1%. If the federal minimum wage had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years, it would now be at $21.72. Instead, it’s $7.25. The value of the minimum wage has actually fallen sharply over the past forty years. In 1968, for example, the federal minimum wage was $1.60 per hour, which translates to approximately $10.70 in 2013 dollars.
Contrary to popular belief, minimum wage increases have been shown to stimulate the economy by increasing consumer spending without adding to state and federal budget deficits. Consumer spending is responsible for driving 70 percent of the economy, and increasing demand is key for jump-starting production and re-hiring. A raise in the minimum wage puts money into the pockets of low-income consumers who immediately spend it immediately at local businesses. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, would generate $32 billion in new economic activity in communities across the country. Analyses of states with minimum wages higher than the federal floor between 1998 and 2003 showed that their job growth was actually stronger overall than in states that kept the lower federal level.
Democrats, while certainly not perfect, have proven to be benefactors for the American public. It’s time we stand up and elect effective Democratic leaders who will work to preserve what is held dear to the American people, like a security net to let us retire with peace of mind, adequate healthcare that helps sustain a long and healthy life, and a livable wage so we can all have a fair shot at the American Dream.”
The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others. No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.
If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
This strikes me as a bigger deal than whether Rubio slurped his water; he and his party are now committed to the belief that their pre-crisis doctrine was perfect, that there are no lessons from the worst financial crisis in three generations except that we should have even less regulation. And given another shot at power, they’ll test that thesis by giving the bankers a chance to do it all over again.
To the liberal Democratic faithful, Mr. McGovern remained a standard-bearer well into old age, writing and lecturing even as his name was routinely invoked by conservatives as synonymous with what they considered the failures of liberal politics.