We have a major divide on the side of good. Some good guys think that their blood, sweat and tears they spend fighting the good fight makes the bills they pass unassailable even if it leaves millions out in the cold because they see their efforts and feel that is progress.
The people left behind cry out "hey, I got left behind and I don't want to die either!" And that juxtaposition between those who fought for and won incremental progress take offense when the people that are left hurting cry out and say they aren't satisfied. A tragedy isn't it?
That whole union ethos of an injury to one is an injury to all needs to be true north. It needs to be our guide post. No backslapping as we get some off the Titanic and watch the rest drown.
Neoliberals like to means test & create divisions that always leave many behind. The ACA is a primary example. So are 401k plans. We keep getting the neoliberal two step tossed at us and we think we've won. It is actually diabolical & brilliant how they make us celebrate crumbs.
Once you understand that the public money isn't some scarce thing we have to dig out of the ground, you stop accepting these fiscal rules as barriers to saving lives.

Again... many good guys, people who we know & love... aren't there yet. The question is... will it be too late?
I gotta tell you, the toughest part, I repeat, the toughest part is the shutdown, canceling that occurs when you make the light shine on the inadequacy of legislation being passed and the energy suck that drains movements as they reflexively defend the indefensible.

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