"This is shaping up to be quite a victory for the GOP. Unless something changes, they’re about to see a core Democratic program cut – and the Democrats will take the heat for it! The only thing that can stop that outcome is concerted public pressure from the Democratic base."
"The president’s “sequester” offer slashes non-defense spending by $830 billion over the next ten years. That happens to be the precise amount we’re implicitly giving Wall Street’s biggest banks over the same time period."
Hmmmmm . . .
So what is to be done about this cabal of Republicans of today and Republicans from 1985? Rob Hager asks:
"What if progressives and others forming the incipient movement [which] Chris Hedges describes as those "who have as deep a revulsion for Democrats as they do for Republicans," had in 2012 organized themselves into a small but decisive swing voting bloc to remove the impediment to majority rule: money in politics?"
This is basically the strategy behind what the Tea Baggers did, even if the specific issues differ, so it isn't far-fetched. And it works. No one can say that Tea Baggers don't have the rest of the GOP looking over their shoulders.
Some of us tried to get this alternate progressive movement going, advocating voting for third party candidates as the means to gain the attention of the Democrats that they are losing us. We are tired of DLC DINOs taking us for a ride every four years only to see the Republicans get at least 98 percent of their demands met, while we of the Left get more appeals for increasingly scarce money as if politics were a Nigerian email scam. Can it be any wonder the GOP doesn't give up on their plans, when they know all they need to do is wait long enough and Obama will deliver?
There has been a lot of bragging by Democrats and their media allies about how the Republicans are close to finished, that several currently red states will turn purple if not blue. It isn't going to matter what gets said. Some out there see this, as evidenced by Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly in a discussion with Alternet Radio Hour host Joshua Holland on February 23, 2013. Beginning about 24:15, Kilgore talks about how conservatives are patient, that they can wait 50 years to gain total political power, as [paraphrasing] "it only takes a short while to completely eliminate the social safety net." Or anything else that progressives value.