Here come the Beltway Geniuses....

that brought us such hits as "1994" and "2004".

Focus on poor seen as risky
WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The plight of the poor and working class has become the primary focus of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards of North Carolina.
"This is a huge moral issue facing the country," the former North Carolina senator told the Los Angeles Times as he began a Memorial Day swing through Iowa. "I don't see in polls that it is a driving issue (for voters), but it is for me."
...
"It is very brave to take on an issue that he himself says has no constituency that has power, but it's a tough road to be trodding to the White House," says Matt Bennett of the centrist Democratic research organization Third Way.
Analysts warn Edwards' populist strategy risks alienating middle-class swing voters and moderate Democrats who do not want the party to be viewed as catering only to the poor.

Can we please not give in to these "Third Way", centrists? Can we please stand up and fight for those who are most in need? Can we please fight for the common good? Can we please make universal health care a real issue? Can we please fight to end poverty in our lifetimes?
Support who you will, but will you PLEASE not let this race be about who you'd rather have a beer with, but instead poverty, health care, education, and running the government?

Comments

It's in the message

There's got to be something there. Instead of running on moral guilt or class warfare, there must be a workable strategy/message that promotes making EVERYONE better off through the elevation of those at the lowest end, less overall spending on healthcare, and government fiscal constraint.

I am all about doing something because it is the "right thing to do," but that doesn't work for everyone. Why not show more people what's in it for them if we can get real reform. After all, people want to know what you are going to do for them. There HAS to be a simple message out there that has more widespread "what's in it for me" appeal.

I agree with you to a point.

What annoys me about the Third Way crowd is that they want to promote centrism, and I think that is B.S. Not because I think that far-left policies are always correct, but because I think GOOD policies are always correct. In this day and age, centrism means coming to an agreement with neoconservatives that want to banish government. There can't be a "centrist" position with a group that starts every argument with the proposition that all government is bad. Again, show me an Eisenhower Republican and I'll show you someone I can work with to create the common good.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The parallel

would be to call Art Pope for a quote on Lincoln Chafee.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

Im done

Im done with this bullshit. The Democratic Party is afraid to stand up for the people. We are afraid to yell on behalf of those who have no voice.

Im done with it. Im going on a crusade for equality. I know John Edwards is already marching. Is anyone else going to join?

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

I've said before, we need something

like the WPA. A comprehensive package that includes jobs for many of the disenfranchised, projects that build energy independence and keep the revenues local, universal health to make everyone as strong as they can be to accomplish the hard civic work we face if we want to have a wholesome future as a country.

Unemployed

Bus them in to southern Moore County. From personal experience and also speaking with many other employers, the consistent theme is "it is hard to find people who want to work." It's not really about the pay either. Most of my applicants are coming from outside the county. Aside from those in a childcare catch-22, it certainly seems like we're at pretty close to full employment here.

I heard an interesting piece on NPR

this morning:

The Crider poultry-processing plant in Stillmore, Ga., lost two-thirds of its work force last year after a federal immigration agency raid. Since then, Crider has scrambled to replace the employees. It has staged job fairs, boosted starting pay and even contracted for Georgia prison inmates to work on its production line. In an unusual experiment, Crider has also recruited a small group of Laotian Hmong refugees to move from Minnesota to Georgia, hoping they'll start a new community.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10461104

loftT

I love you for saying that.
C'mere and let me give you a hug.

Love you right back.

n/t

Right.

...because Middle Class people can't possible be concerned about people living in poverty.

Since Bush took office, the Middle Class has taken a beating....with families falling into poverty at a much greater rate than those achieving wealth. If the Poverty line is $19,000/year for a family of 4 than the Middle Class is, what?...$30,000/year for a family of 4?

The Third Way analysis of the Middle Class being turned off by emphasis on the poor is like Karl Rove saying people who make a living selling stuff on eBay will have the same voting habits as big-business Republicans. It just isn't right.

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman

Poverty

It's a continuum. Many people who make more than poverty wages soon become impoverished should they have a medical emergency for example. More than 50% of bankruptcies in North Carolina have medical problems as their cause, and 75% of those people were insured when they became ill or injured. Think about that.

Most of us are one weird illness away from poverty.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Its not just one paycheck away

I cant find it, but I remember seeing something that said 80% of the country is three checks away from severe poverty.

In George Bush's America the large majority of the country can see the precipice.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"

F*** a bunch of beltway pundits.

The chattering class is getting really annoying, really fast.

Great post, Robert.

Catering to the poor?

What the fuck does that even mean? Sorry for the expletive, but
seriously, WTF? The centrists are afraid if the poor vote, it will destroy their stranglehold on the party. Ass-hats.

My hope is Edwards, but I pray Gore steps up, because I don't know if I can hold my nose and vote for Clinton or Obama.

I've spoken to people who worked for Gore

in the past (one worked for him for 25 years) , and they say they have spoken with him and Gore isn't going to run. So, my suggestion is rather than just hoping for Edwards, work for him. Get involved. Call the campaign office and get a list of names to call and ask for contributions...get involved in OneCorps...work to make it happen. I'm not being critical because you may be doing all these things, but if you're not, now is the time to act.

Edwards understands the interconnections between poverty, war, disease and the destruction of our environment. He has talked about it in the past. The media doesn't pick it up because their bosses are scared shitless Edwards will win and their free ride will be over. The Wilmington Star-News, owned by the NY Times, runs a hit piece on Edwards at least once a week. I've written them about it. They won't answer.

We've got to take this into our hands and actually do something. Kissell isn't in my district but I've sent him money and will again. McIntyre is my Congress critter and he and Heath are both on my list. I wrote our district chair today about McIntyre and his vote on the Iraq funding and his other votes that have rubbed me raw (Military appropriations act that authorized torture, etc,) I may or may not get a response...but both my wife and I are delegates and we contribute to the District...and both he and McIntyre know we're not happy.

Again...let's do all we can to make things happen. My g'pa used to say "spit in one hand and hope in the other and see which one fills up first."
SE NC Dems

Stan Bozarth

Spit?

May daddy said "shit." Maybe that's where I got my way with words?

Mine too.

But, perhaps like Stan, I've cleaned it up for posterity.
; )

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me