We can return to full employment by creating jobs that lay the foundation for shared prosperity, or we can wait for the captains of capitalism to rescue us under the same trickle-down paradigm that has failed so spectacularly.
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Just as FDR's New Deal boldly confronted the challenges of its times, we need a newer deal to help Obama's changing America, with 53 million "women on their own," to recover from this recession.
Friends of mine assure me that this is a stealth priority -- New Orleans is an issue that Obama cares so deeply about he dare not mention it yet.
It seems the demands for accepting the progressive mandate of the election, Going Big and emulating FDR -- are starting to be echoed even in the elite media stratosphere.
Another flat-screen television made in Asia or a new pair of designer shoes made in Europe will not prevent another bridge from collapsing in Minnesota.
Conservatives are stuck in their default position, preferring fictional history to actual history, refusing to acknowledge what clearly has worked to stimulate the economy, and what clearly hasn't.
If Obama is elected, we will learn if he has the audacity of hope to launch a new era of bold progressive reform, and whether progressives can forge a force for change to propel it.
The damage of the Bush years can be repaired and reversed -- but it will take bold action on the part of President Obama, and all those who join him.
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