With budget deficits now estimated to hit $448 billion for FY 2005, and the president calling for permanent extension of his tax cuts and $2 trillion in new debt to privatize Social Security, threats to progressive priorities are real and present.
The conservative strategy is well under way: aggressively slash taxes on the wealthy; run up huge budget deficits on the premise that no one cares; and then force massive cuts in critical domestic spending.
Progressives must be vigilant in exposing this ruse to the American public and highlighting the wrong choices and moral-less values of conservative leadership.
American Progress has been working to develop clear, concise messages to defeat the president’s initiatives and to promote a progressive alternative focused on increasing economic opportunity, rewarding work, and building a solid middle class.
We certainly hold no monopoly on the truth on these issues but wanted to share some of the ideas and approaches that have emerged thus far. We hope to continue our work on this front and would welcome your input and suggestions going forward.
Based on this work, we suggest a 4-part message strategy to help define the contrasts with the president and Congress and then provide some core principles to help define a progressive alternative. Read more