Despite overwhelming evidence in opinion polls and election results rejecting right wing proposals to cut the budget at the expense of the poor and middle class, the New York Times is determined to frame austerity as the centrist position. The latest example being Jonathan Martin’s piece titled Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center.
With Mr. Obama experiencing a difficult first year of his second term and his lame-duck status growing ever nearer, his speech underscored the stirrings of a debate inside the Democratic Party about the party’s economic approach, given the halting recovery…
Liberals, pointing to a bankrupt Detroit and new reports of diminished class mobility, believe the plight of lower-income and young Americans is so severe that the party must shift away from the center-left consensus that has shaped its fiscal politics since Bill Clinton’s 1992 election and push more aggressively to reduce income disparity.
Deregulating Wall Street, Deregulating Corporate Trade, Welfare Deform – in the minds of the establishment these were “center-left” policies. Then, of course, there is the subtle contradiction of the frame by claiming the opposite policies of the center would be popular.
But there is a growing frustration among progressives who are now saying the party must move toward a more populist position on the issue that many on the left see as the great unfinished business of the Obama years: economic fairness.
And in case you didn’t know who they were talking about.
Ms. Warren is also challenging the centrist consensus on high finance and has sought to revive a dormant conversation about whether investment and commercial banking should be intermingled by introducing a bill to restore Glass-Steagall, an issue few senior Democrats on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue want to revisit.
The centrist consensus? Read Washington Consensus. The majority of Americans not only do not support this alleged “centrist consensus on high finance” they overwhelmingly support tougher regulation on Wall Street. There is no such consensus nor does it reflect the center of American politics.
Once again the New York Times is giving more evidence to the longstanding critique of the paper – that it reports elite opinion as established fact and treats the average American as irrelevant to the governing of their own country.