The Overlooked Progressive Alternatives

Washington Monthly blogger Steve Benen picked up on supportive coverage of the People's Budget the Congressional Progressive Caucus released.

Trying to restore tax rates to levels that were pretty normal in the America John Boehner grew up in takes some courage, because it challenges the powerful and the elite to sacrifice. Republicans are doing the opposite -- as President Obama put it the other day, "Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor, or people who are powerless and don't have lobbyists or don't have clout." [...]

Also note, the CPC numbers add up -- which is more than we can say for the House Republican plan -- actually dealing with the problem conservatives claim to care about.

In case this isn't obvious, it's important to have competing ideas in the larger conversation. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) this week said his Gang of Six plan would fall, ideologically, between the White House's plan and Paul Ryan's -- as if that were a good thing, and the president's approach represents the liberal tent-pole.

That's not even close to being right. There are a variety of credible alternatives, and Obama's vision may represent the center, but there's a sensible, sound liberal approach that deserves to be in the mix.

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