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House Democrats Will Be Measured By Their People’s Budget Vote


House Democrats Will Be Measured By Their People’s Budget Vote

Isaiah Poole

Politics isn’t always the art of compromise. Sometimes, it is the imperative of standing up for principle. Sometimes, it is the refusal to accept the boundaries of the politically acceptable and, guided by a vision of a nation that can do better by its people, redraw the boundaries.

One of those moments will come today when House Democrats will decide whether to support the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ People’s Budget.


I wager a dollar to a donut that House Democrats will not support the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ People’s Budget.


“The People’s Budget vote will tell us which Democrats keep themselves
trapped in the constraints of a conservative/corporate establishment
that might tolerate palliatives for ease the pain of our economic
sickness but rejects the surgery that would cure it,”

And then what? These or other stuffed shirts will be elected to keep things the same. The lack of a realistic plan to replace such corporate apologists as well a program to mobilize voters for such candidates makes Isiah’s fine writing and analysis a pointless irrelevancy.


I didn’t see anything about this important story in CD. So I’ll go ahead and link this article. Congress the other day voted to send lethal aid to Ukraine.

The US House of Representatives Openly Calls for Regime Change in Moscow

The US House Resolution to send lethal arms to Ukraine also calls for a long-term strategy for the overthrow of Vladimir Putin

The resolution passed in the House by 348 to 48.



What would happen if the progressive caucus broke away and formed a new party? Who would be marginalized? In terms of money, the progressives, in terms of popular sentiments the corporate Dems. In the USA the corporate side always wins. If the progressive Dems really had the courage of their convictions, if they really thought they could win they would break away But they don’t. Dems like Mike Doyle cave every time. They know they can’t win by the force of their ideas and seek the uneasy compromise with corporate power. They don’t want to be called communists. They will end up supporting Hillary and going along with the corporate agenda. They just want us the gullible public to believe they are on our side. Maybe they wish they could be but when push comes to shove, they aren’t.


Sorry, Mr Poole, but if the only time they “stand up for principle” is when it’s an empty gesture --which in fact is exactly what they do every damned time!-- then statements like yours are obnoxiously insulting.