I apologize in advance for the length of this post. (not that anyone’s required to read it)
Excellent piece, good to see a follow up to last week’s which I’ve been echoing. The data from the Voter Survey Group you reference is the most eye opening study I’ve seen since the one proving that the actions of congress align with the will of the people exactly 0.0% of the time. The Dems (or the Greens, or the DSA) would do well to pay close attention.
The divisions among populists are both artificial and deliberately provoked. The desire to get money out of politics, reclaiming our voice in our own government, a fair shake and a living wage for working men and women, affordable healthcare and education, protecting our environment, scaling back our armed aggression across the globe have all been PROVEN to be the population’s priorities. The ONLY reason that this supermajority of the electorate cannot get representation is because they are being blocked by both of our two political parties, both of whom exist solely to compete for the “benjamins” of a small financial elite.
Allowing ourselves to be pulled into another false argument about ‘taxing the rich’ is another ploy by the elite to divide us. Years ago I read an interesting article about how neither raising taxes on the very rich nor cutting spending on entitlements could, by themselves, balance the budget or reduce our national debt. While raising the top tax rate somewhat will raise some money, more important would be: 1- the elimination of corporate welfare, 2- more equitable distribution of corporate profits, 3- spending more of our federal budget on improving citizens’ lives (more on infrastructure and amenities and less on military adventurism). This last item includes a universal group health insurance plan for every American (single payer health insurance), increasing the salary cap on social security taxes, as well as subsidizing public education (K-university) to regain our status as a paragon of public education and innovation. A healthy economy requires well paid workers and fair and equitable taxation. A healthy democracy requires a level playing field that prohibits oversized bullies, and requires everyone to pitch in and pay attention. This is both DO-ABLE and SELL-ABLE. We just need to look past the small divisions and seize the gold ring. NOW IS THE TIME.