If you want another take on my recurring theme about what's wrong with the Democratic Party, investigative reporter Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone magazine's top gun reporter right now, lays out in a brief article how Bill Clinton and other Democrats, after the 1972 "landslide" defeat of George McGovern, began steering the party to the right. Taibbi supplies the context for my contention that Democrats have become fiscal conservatives who are liberal on a few social issues. Barak Obama himself has admitted that he has governed like a "moderate Republican."
That's fine if you don't see the arc of that history or if you consider yourself a moderate. But meanwhile, Democrats have been full participants in the evisceration of the New Deal policies that had brought the American working class to have the highest standard of living in the history of working classes, to the point that a new subcategory called "Middle Class" had to be invented to quantify the phenomena. The result of Democrats' acquiescence to prevailing Reaganomics economic policies is that wages have remained virtually flat, inflation adjusted, since the late 1970s, living standards for most Americans are now in decline, and two people, despite working an average 47 hours per week and being deep in debt, can't maintain the living standard that one person working in a family used to. College is out of reach for most kids, and they'll never see life long good jobs with pensions.
Bernie Sanders wants us to return to that New Deal America. Not me. I want to make sure this bullshit never happens again. That the power to do this to a nation is taken out of the hands of the politicians and their Capitalist masters.