Economic populism, FTW! (#Wisconsin)

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Democrats have a wide-open field on economic populism, if they want it. At the national level, Steve Benen notes that Republicans are standing behind big-money tax subsidies they don’t agree with and against breaks they like, including the payroll tax credit for ordinary workers. Instead, the Obama White House seems determined to offer up more spending cuts, despite the advice of economists and the anger of their own base.

At the state level, nearly two-thirds of people polled in Wisconsin say the state’s government is run for a few special interests and not for them. Rachel played some of the We Are Wisconsin PAC advertising in the Sate Senate recall elections – they’re driving right at economic populism, with the argument that the rich aren’t paying their fare share. It’s worth swimming around in their YouTube channel, just to see the strategy in action. The fight in the spring over Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill was all about union rights. In the recalls, it’s about fundamental economic fairness for everyone, union or no.

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Economic populism, FTW! (#Wisconsin)

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