We’re reaching levels of online previously thought impossible
There’s a certain genre of nominally ‘leftist’ activist that has no constructive politics or vision for a better world, just all motivated by spite against whatever the establishment is at that moment, could have just as well been Ron Paul types if they saw a different YT video
I’m very much for a big tent left, but I do not think the jimmy dore types are actually interested in winning, in fact that would be counterproductive to their project
The funniest thing is how often aesthetic radicalism is matched by a total lack of imagination and genuine political radicalism

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26 Jul
M4A is a good and just fight to have, but given the state of our democracy and the entrenchment of the current system, it'd be useful to sketch out a somewhat plausible long term plan of how to get from A to B beyond just yelling at a few politicians to hold doomed floor votes
Short term prospects for systematic health reform are looking extremely bad. Only marginal (though still impactful) changes seem likely to pass under the Biden admin. Obviously electing more left wing candidates, both at the top and down ticket, is key.
In the meantime M4A advocates should push policies that will make the eventual fight easier
• Build more publicly owned hospitals - private hospitals are a powerful and underrated lobbying forces against M4A, & expanding supply will also help address concerns around wait times
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16 Jul
What these takes always miss is that at what point people are financially stable enough to have kids is itself a policy variable that can be modified with things like the CTC
Rather than force the human lifecycle to conform to the way the market economy distributes income, we should conform the way we distribute income to the human lifecycle
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15 Jul
Pretty sure this is inaccurate, but I do wonder if the messaging should just be to talk about it as if it's permanent
The whole thing is so silly, because we don't actually save any money by pretending to only extend it through 2024, because we will just extend it later. "Too costly" doesn't make any sense, but I guess that's politics
Can you imagine if the original Medicare was a 4 year program that was just expected to be kept going via renewals every few years
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13 Jul
The idea here is that your labor market earnings are like a slab of butter slapped right at the center of your lifecycle (represented by the bread), but there are also times of your life you are a non-worker, like childhood, old age, and shocks like sickness, caregiving etc. 1/?
During those times, you earn no labor income, and so they’re represented by the dry parts of the bread. What the welfare state does is tax you with things like payroll taxes, which you pay most during peak earning years, and gives you that money back at times when you’re unable /
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12 Jul
If $3.5 trillion really is where they land, that is a big win, enough to not cut anything from the Families plan. A few weeks ago Manchin was talking about only doing $1-2 trillion
I have trouble seeing how they'll get above 2.5 trillion in pay-fors, so my guess is they'd go with a 15 year window or some sort of gimmick like that (which would be great)
Still think that Dems would be better off picking a few elements of the Families plan and doing them really well. The problem with the families plan was that most elements were underfunded to begin with
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21 Jun
Happy Child Tax Credit Awareness day folks (poster by @tobinjstone, based on the classic Social Security poster) Image
About 88% of families will get the expanded CTC without taking action (via direct deposit or check) starting July 15th. But those who don’t usually file taxes need to take action, so if you know anyone in that boat, please spread the word
Non-filers can sign up at the official non-filer portal here (freefilefillableforms.com/#/fd/childtaxc…), but using GetYourRefund.org may be an easier route to take
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