Originally posted on NewDeal20.org
p>After the 2010 elections, progressives need a good alternative to the Republican slogan “less taxes”. Even though less taxes will lead to an even worse economy, at least it’s an idea that indicates to its intended audience that the Republicans have an answer to the question, “how can we end the Great Recession?”
There may be a trend, if not a consensus, forming around the idea of “more jobs”, emerging from the center-right all the way through to the left. In fact, at the far right of the Democratic party we have the example of David Brooks, who wrote about the Midwest: “If America can figure out how to build a decent future for the working-class people in this region, then the U.S. will remain a predominant power. If it can’t, it won’t… The Midwest has lost a manufacturing empire but hasn’t yet found a role… Voters in this region face structural problems, not cyclical ones. Intensely suspicious of government, they are nonetheless casting about for somebody, anybody, who can revive their towns and neighborhoods.” Democrats have failed this region, says Brooks, and I can’t argue with him. The obvious answer is to bring manufacturing back to the region, and if the Democrats can do that, then they will reclaim the Midwest, and with it, the Federal government.