Mark Schmitt argues that the center-right "Taking Back Our Fiscal Future" document discussed yesterday is the Stuart Butler's Leninist Strategy (PDF) for destroying Social Security in a new Popular Front phase.
Certainly the "centrist" elements of this team seem to be making a good run at being useful idiots. Why, if you're interested in balanced budgets, would you team up with folks like Butler who supported Bush's budget-busting tax cuts. The "balanced budgets are the most important thing in the world when Democrats are in power, but don't matter at all when there's a Republican President worldview" has a certain logic to it, but it's not one anyone who claims to be any sort of progressive ought to embrace.
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