Just Wait Until 2015

Posted on May 24, 2011 by

Looking for real change? 

Disappointed by Barack Obama and the democrats? 

Can’t stand how conservatives dominate the political “narrative?” 

Here’s the scenario for the progressive surge we’ve all been waiting for: 

First, President Obama is re-elected in 2012. 

While republicans make a lot of noise, the electorate has grown more comfortable with the incumbent.  After all, he killed bin Laden, managed a compromise with his opponents over the budget and debt ceiling, withdrew American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and saved Medicare. 

Unfortunately, however, with just too many seats to defend, democrats couldn’t hold the U.S. Senate in 2012, which tips republican. 

The good news, though, is that democrats take back about half the losses suffered in the House in Obama’s first midterm election and are within striking distance of a majority next time around. 

The first two years of Obama’s second term are relatively smooth.  Unemployment falls below eight percent for the first time since 2008 (though the wage, income and wealth gap continue to widen). 

But now’s our chance. 

The white house and congressional democrats are united in opposing the extremist republican agenda and prepare for a big push as November 2014 nears. 

And sure enough, democrats take back the congress and tee up a progressive reform legislative agenda with the president on board. 

In his 2015 state of the union, Mr. Obama makes the restoration of the labor movement his top priority. 

“Unions are the only institutions,” the president tells the nation “which can restore balance to our economy and bring justice and equality to American workers.” 

Despite intense opposition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the corporate elite, a radical rewrite of the National Labor Relations Act snakes through congress and is signed by the president, triggering massive union organizing in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Comments (3)


  1. Joe Uehlein says:

    Well that’s a rather optimistic outlook, and highly unlikely — what makes you think the D’s will act any differently? But let’s put my skepticism aside and I’ll stipulate to the likelihood of the optimistic outlook. But I have to add that even if we change the labor laws, and organize at scale and by 2030 we’re back to 35% overall union density, we risk losing everything because we failed to deal with the climate crisis — the one truly existential threat we all face, but are in comfortable denial about. Even the D’s have done exactly nothing about climate — last year’s Waxman-Markey legislation was about as close to “don’t bother” as you can get, and even that failed in the Senate. The voices of the future are calling back to us and asking that we might see beyond our own time, and we’re telling them to F**K off.

  2. Greg says:

    Joe, nothing can happen unless the D’s take control. You are right about Climate change. But unfortunately the Blue Dogs feel the same as the Republicans. We have to get a grip and recognize that we indeed have a mandate. Lou, I agree with you.

  3. Rudy Corral says:

    Na Nice try I don’t buy it. Not another cycle of capitalism, filling up the coffers with our hard work then swindle it away from the working class. How many more times . The buck stop here. Its Too Big and Failing the working class.

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