For generations in this country any talk by an elected official of cutting Social Security meant political suicide.
What will it take to save the core components of our social compact? The same thing that it took to win them. Here are six essential ingredients.
It's worth asking how the proponents of deficit-reduction - be they congressional Republicans or "deficit hawks" within the Obama administration - think that lower deficits will lead to increased growth and job creation in an economy mired in a severe slump.
The initiatives and actions of the American people were an essential ingredient in the progressive-democratic thrust in the 1930s and 1960s. The same is true today.
Standard and Poor's is a "bond vigilante" for the "investor class" - essentially a finance capitalist business agent with a big economic machine gun.
The Republicans are no ordinary opposition party with whom the Democrats can have amicable differences. They are racist, anti-labor, anti-democratic extremists, beholden to fascist-minded billionaires.
The debt deal is a bad deal for the American people and the economy.
The threat of default may have beeb averted, but working people will lose MORE ground.
Like many other crucial times in our nation's history, the American people are stepping up and speaking out for democracy and fairness on the debt and deficits.
Even if a deal is struck at the last minute, or if President Obama raises the debt ceiling on his own, this controversy reveals a system in serious need of repair.