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July 25, 2014

Democrats, Take a Stand on Inequality

Alec MacGillis calls on Democrats to take a stand and not be “scared to talk about inequality.”

“For starters, public opinion on this subject … is quite strongly in favor of raising the minimum wage, which is, for the moment, the policy proposal that the Democrats’ income inequality rhetoric most often tends to focus on.”

“Meanwhile, polling shows Americans much more strongly in favor of the government doing all it can to promote equal opportunity, if not more equal incomes.”

But MacGillis contends that the Democrats shouldn’t be beholden to polling data in formulating critical policy positions:

“Parties need a purpose and identity … Obama is talking up inequality not just because he’s grasping for an issue to ride into a midterm election year but because he seems to have genuinely believed for some time now that … it is a serious problem with a clear moral dimension.”

“Since when do the wise men of Washington discourage our leaders against speaking out on important subjects just because the polling may not be entirely behind them and it may not ‘help [them] win elections’?”

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    “Since when do the wise men of Washington discourage our leaders against speaking out on important subjects just because the polling may not be entirely behind them and it may not ‘help [them] win elections’?”

    April 30, 1789

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