Obama’s Progressive Agenda: Missing a Main Ingredient

Stonewall, Selma and Seneca Falls got inaugural shout-outs--but one movement went unsung.

By James Thindwa

Based on his inaugural speech—and a populist re-election campaign—President Barack Obama intends to pursue a more progressive direction in his second term. Pundits from across the political spectrum have already declared the president a bona fide, card-carrying progressive. On Fox News, [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

  • Reader Comments

    Labor needs to stop contributing to the Democratic Party and set it’s own agenda.  Campaign for issues, not candidates.  Not one more dime of Union money to either of the two corporate parties.

    Posted by proletariatprincess on Jan 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Maybe union membership is so low because the AFL-CIO won’t fight for the rights of the entire working class to be free from poverty?

    Politicians make it sound like poverty is some kind of complex problem difficult to solve. The simple fact is people without jobs, and people without jobs paying real living wages, are going to be poor.

    So isn’t the solution to poverty kind of simple?

    You put people to work paying them real living wages.

    Am I the only one in this country who thinks that since all these politicians from Obama on down who run for office talking about “jobs, jobs, jobs” should have to legislate as the federal government’s responsibility the enforcement of full employment? Kind of a strange idea you might say; but, U.S. Congressman Wright Patman didn’t think so and neither did the overwhelming majority of the U.S. Senate who voted for the “Full Employment Act of 1945.”

    Wouldn’t making the federal government legislatively responsible for full employment be a project the AFL-CIO could work together with the “Congressional Progressive Caucus on while mobilizing working people to raise so much hell Obama and the Democrats would have to take action on?

    Working people are pissed off and fed up delivering votes for these worthless Democrats then receiving nothing in return for their votes.

    Read on:

    http://justiceparty.websitetoo…

    Posted by Alan L. Maki on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Maybe union membership is so low because the AFL-CIO won’t fight for the rights of the entire working class to be free from poverty?

    Politicians make it sound like poverty is some kind of complex problem difficult to solve. The simple fact is people without jobs, and people without jobs paying real living wages, are going to be poor.

    So isn’t the solution to poverty kind of simple?

    You put people to work paying them real living wages.

    Am I the only one in this country who thinks that since all these politicians from Obama on down who run for office talking about “jobs, jobs, jobs” should have to legislate as the federal government’s responsibility the enforcement of full employment? Kind of a strange idea you might say; but, U.S. Congressman Wright Patman didn’t think so and neither did the overwhelming majority of the U.S. Senate who voted for the “Full Employment Act of 1945.”

    Wouldn’t making the federal government legislatively responsible for full employment be a project the AFL-CIO could work together with the “Congressional Progressive Caucus on while mobilizing working people to raise so much hell Obama and the Democrats would have to take action on?

    Working people are pissed off and fed up delivering votes for these worthless Democrats then receiving nothing in return for their votes.

    Read on:

    http://justiceparty.websitetoo…

    Posted by Alan L. Maki on Jan 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    One other glaring omission in the President’s speech: Housing. I’m not just talking about affordable housing for the most vulnerable Americans, those whose incomes are below 30% of the area median income; I’m talking about all of us whose shelter has been threatened by cowboy Wall Street antics. There was not a single word about Americans whose homes are near foreclosure and those who are just one paycheck away from homelessness.

    I guess food, clothing and shelter are no longer necessities.

    Posted by Herb on Jan 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Obama is working on the immigration issue that will bring in more low wage workers for big corporations so again he is catering to big business and sacrificing the average worker. No wonder people are angry.

    Posted by Gigibeth on Jan 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Why is the answer to the overriding question in your blog so hard for you to figure out? That this Democratic is not acting like a a President that should be championing ALL OF THE COMMON MAN’S ISSUES? The answer is so simple. Iol! IT’S THE GORILLA IN THE ROOM ANALOGY-EVERYBODY SEES IT, BUT NOBODY WILL ACKNOWLEDGE IT! The U.S. has evolved through concentration of wealth and power plus corruption into the most dangerous and e most sophisticated dictatorship in the history of the world. There, I said it. I ACKNOWLEDGED the Gorilla in the room. That’s why this Democratic President is not pro-labor-The Powers That Be Said No. They will allow the Presidrnt to act like the champion of Freedom in the championing of gay marriage which doesn’t really any significant impact on anything. Are you getting it now?? How fucking complicated is this. This is Political Science Dictatorship 101!!!  FUBAR2013

    Posted by FUBAR2013 on Feb 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM