All you need to know about the Ryan “shared-costs” plan
Well … and that Ryan is a liar who apparently lies all the time about things he claims to know and understand. Folks, austerity measures do not work.
(Source: Peter Orszag, Bloomberg News)
There are a few facts about progressive politics right now that I don’t like. I’m talking progressive conservative and liberal political action, like Paul Ryan’s budget proposal and even the Democrats’ Health Care Reform. One of the most significant dislikes for me is that American progressives seem to think we all have to give up something to get what we want.
We have a government capable of determining what social goods are and how they are different from economic goods. We can regulate social goods and provide protection for them; we can cultivate our social goods without giving up something. We need to determine how to accomplish this outside of the free market. I think such a determination begins with a simple recognition that our social contract is the thing without which personal responsibility, liberty, freedom, pretty much all action would not be possible.
Our social contract is not a religious or anti-religious, capitalist or anti-capitalist, Republican or Democratic agreement. It’s a human concept and it’s universal and a priori. We should treat it as such.