At least when up against an extreme.
The corporate rw has a hard-on for a balanced budget. That’s neolib dogma, straight from the Austrian School, and a means to the end of drowning the government in a bathtub.
“Third way” politicos on both sides of the pond are letting the neolib extremists dictate policy by swallowing, without a fight, the “austerity” line. The “other” side frames, the purported progressives accept the bait, make it sound better by trying to spread the bitter pill of austerity around, begin negotiations from a compromised position, and find a lose-lose situation.
If, as is likely, austerity makes things worse, the extremists (that are holding the framing handle) will say “he/they didn’t go far enough with spending cuts”. If, by chance, austerity doesn’t send us into a double-dip, the extremists will say “he followed our suggestions. Of course, if he’d cut MORE we’d be better off”.
Third Way politicos are timeservers. They’ll do anything to get elected, and once elected they’ll do the bare minimum to keep their electorate on their side. No ideology, no plan, no defense of progressive values – just lip service to SOME progressive objectives, to be attained by neoliberal means.
It’s time for people to wake the fuck up.
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