Thinking About Tomorrow: Guaranteed Minimum Income vs. Right to a Job

05Jun14

The Realignment Project

Introduction:

The Realignment Project often focuses on the furthest reaches of public policy – the big picture, the long term, the very edge of the Overton window – because these are the places where the true character of any political movement is manifest. Paul Ryan’s now-infamous roadmap is important, not because it’s a “serious” attempt by a conservative to honestly grapple with the reality of the Federal budget (it’s not), but because it reveals what conservatives actually care about – privatizing Social Security and Medicare, lowering taxes for the wealthy and spending on everyone else – and what they don’t care about, namely balancing the budget or reducing deficits. For all the protests to the contrary, these long-range visions reveal us for who we are, or at least who we’d like to be.

If the American left produced a report that got the same kind of attention – it would…

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