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The Democrats: Failure & pain

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Thursday, July 25, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A debate supposedly is raging within the Democratic Party over whether to move from the “center-left” to the “left.”

As if the Democrats' political positioning ever was in doubt.

“The sooner we get back to a good, progressive, populist message, the better off we're going to be as Democrats,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, told The New York Times.

But worse off as Americans.

Think of President Obama's economics address of Wednesday — pure drivel at times punctuated with sheer buffoonery.

Among other things regurgitated in a speech designed to deflect attention away from the administration's hardly “phony” scandals, Mr. Obama, in the name of avoiding another housing bubble — like the one that burst and heralded the Great Recession — looks to blow another bubble, inflated with more “standards” chicanery. Never mind that the 1.2 million folks bailed out in the last go-round are re-defaulting at a rate of 46 percent.

Then there's Obama's renewed push for a higher minimum wage. The rungs on the economic ladder are being pushed further and further apart by income disparity; Americans can't climb into the middle class, the president said. Never mind that government-set wage floors remove the ladder's lowest rungs and reduce employment opportunities.

Democrats want to move even further to the left in the name of “progressivism” and “economic fairness.” But past being prologue, what they'll deliver will be more failure and more pain.

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