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February 25, 2011


Robert Lipscomb

Amen, amen and amen.

We liberals usually forget that Liberalism in the US and throughout western democracies have progressed forward with only a minimal number of backsteps.

Krugman continually and correctly describes our federal government as (paraphrased) an insurance policy and retirement plan, with a military and some other stuff. Medicare, Medicaid and government employees' healthcare, Social Security and the federal employees' retirement systemcomprises the bulk of the budget. And they are not going away. We have a huge military, but its cost as a percentage of national GDP has been gradually decreasing for 60 years. Obamacare is not perfect, but it was a giant step forward for Liberalism. We will never go back.

The culture war has been a disasterous loss for the Right. I am not even sure they continue to fight it, except on some issues related to abortion.

The only setback for Liberalism is the refusal of all of the US to pay for all of it, and the ultra-wealthy to pay for their fair share. Obama is now positioning himself to fight that battle through the 2012 elections and hthe first two years of his second term.

While we should never stop pursuing Liberals, we should allow ourselves to enjoy our victories. This will only build confidence for our future battles.

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