Tag: Populism

OPINION: Populism officially died last week
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OPINION: Populism officially died last week

This month marks 10 years since the Great Recession — and thereby the social movement it unleashed — was born.
The Occupy Movement demanded a pound of flesh from Wall Street, as well as an entirely new social contract.
Why should (BEG ITAL)they(END ITAL) get free health care when I’m living paycheck to paycheck?
Of course, the main reason these workers couldn’t get a job was that there weren’t enough jobs to be gotten.
Did they get the great economic de-rigging they demanded?
Instead, a week ago, the Trump administration began dismantling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a post-financial crisis creation designed specifically to protect the little guy from scam artists and swamp creatures.
And then, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Senate passed the most plutocratic, regressive, system-rigging piece of tax legislation in decades.
A bill that allows multimillionaires to pass on their estates tax-free.
Republicans know how unpopular it is, and they just don’t care.
Populism, at least as a political force capable of extracting meaningful policy concessions, is truly, officially, undeniably dead.

RAMPELL: Populism as a political force is dead
Welfare

RAMPELL: Populism as a political force is dead

This month marks 10 years since the Great Recession — and thereby the social movement it unleashed — was born.
The Occupy Movement demanded a pound of flesh from Wall Street, as well as an entirely new social contract.
Of course, the main reason these workers couldn’t get a job was that there weren’t enough jobs to be gotten.
Did they get the great economic de-rigging they demanded?
Instead, a week ago, the Trump administration began dismantling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a post-financial crisis creation designed specifically to protect the little guy from scam artists and swamp creatures.
And then, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Senate passed the most plutocratic, regressive, system-rigging piece of tax legislation in decades.
A bill that allows multimillionaires to pass on their estates tax-free.
The Republican tax plan is the most unpopular piece of major tax legislation in five decades, less popular even than the Bill Clinton and George H.W.
Republicans know how unpopular it is, and they just don’t care.
Populism, at least as a political force capable of extracting meaningful policy concessions, is truly, officially, undeniably dead.