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High Broderism – Also frequently seen as merely “Broderism.” A fetishistic attachment to bipartisanship for bipartisanship’s sake; reflexive adherence to false equivalencies, regardless of whether what one side says is patently insane. The result of forty years of believing that Dirty Fucking Hippies may be hiding under your bed. Whereby a center-right pundit, often Broder himself, decrees that bipartisanship is a good thing and can be achieved if only everyone would agree with the center-right pundit. For the last ten years or so, High Broderism has been the shorter version of virtually every op-ed from David Broder.

Because the conventional wisdom evidently always thinks cutting revenue to the benefit of the top quintile is a good idea:

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. [pdf]

From a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities [CBPP] report released yesterday:

Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends

By Elizabeth McNichol, Douglas Hall, David Cooper, and Vincent Palacios

November 15, 2012

A state-by-state examination finds that income inequality has grown in most parts of the country since the late 1970s.  Over the past three business cycles prior to 2007, the incomes of the country’s highest-income households climbed substantially, while middle- and lower-income households saw only modest increases.

During the recession of 2007 through 2009, households at all income levels, including the wealthiest, saw declines in real income due to widespread job losses and the loss of realized capital gains.  But the incomes of the richest households have begun to grow again while the incomes of those at the bottom and middle continue to stagnate and wide gaps remain between high-income households and poor and middle-income households….

Today, from Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Tony Messenger ‏@tonymess

Former Sen. Kit Bond (R) and Gov. Bob Holden (D) kick off a bipartisan “Fix the Debt” campaign in Missouri on Monday. http://www.fixthedebt.org 3:14 PM – 16 Nov 12

A response:

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

@tonymess Seriously? Kit Bond? The guy who voted for Bush II era economic policies and two wars “off the books” is now suddenly concerned? 4:24 PM – 16 Nov 12

Tony Messenger ‏@tonymess

@MBersin Michael, we’re all concerned. The time to play partisan politics is gone. It’s good news that Ds and Rs are standing together. 4:25 PM – 16 Nov 12

Was that good advice in January 2009, too? It’s just too bad for everyone else that republicans then had no intent of following it.

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

@tonymess Really concerned about the debt? Hope Congress does nothing. Sequestration and expiration of Bush II revenue cuts would cut debt. 4:29 PM – 16 Nov 12

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

@tonymess But it’s not about cutting the debt. They just want to diminish or remove the social contract. 4:32 PM – 16 Nov 12

Michael Bersin@MBersin

@tonymess It’s interesting who isn’t included in the “fix the debt” group. No one from labor, eh? 4:34 PM – 16 Nov 12

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

@tonymess Pete Peterson Foundation? Uh, they’re into gutting Social Security. has nothing to do with the debt. 4:40 PM – 16 Nov 12

Tony Messenger ‏@tonymess

@MBersin Clint Zweifel, who is pretty darn close to labor, is on Missouri’s Fix the Debt group. 4:42 PM – 16 Nov 12

Tony Messenger ‏@tonymess

@MBersin I just fundamentally disagree with you. I think that both sides see a real need and opportunity to come to a deal. 4:43 PM – 16 Nov 12

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

@tonymess And, I was referring to the web link which you provided. Any labor there? 7:22 PM – 16 Nov 12

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

@tonymess And that deal is on who’s terms? Continuation of a documented redistribution of wealth upward? CEOs at the table. Why not workers? 7:25 PM – 16 Nov 12

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin

@tonymess I’m curious. Do you believe that Social Security contributes to the national debt? 7:28 PM – 16 Nov 12

From the same CBPP report:


Causes of Rising Inequality

Government policies.  Government actions – and, in some cases, inaction – have contributed to the increase in wage and income inequality in most states.  Examples include deregulation and trade liberalization, the weakening of the safety net, the lack of effective laws concerning the right to collective bargaining, and the declining real value of the minimum wage.  In addition, changes in federal, state, and local tax structures and benefit programs have, in many cases, accelerated the trend toward growing inequality emerging from the labor market.

Expansion of investment income.  Forms of income such as dividends, rent, interest, and capital gains, which primarily accrue to those at the top of the income structure, rose substantially as a share of total income during the 1990s.  (Our analysis captures only a part of this growth, as we are not able to include capital gains income due to data limitations.)   The large increase in corporate profits during the economic recovery after the 2001 recession also widened inequality by boosting investors’ incomes.


States Can Mitigate the Growth in Inequality

Make state tax systems more progressive.  The federal income tax system is progressive – that is, it narrows income inequalities – but has become less so over the past two decades as a result of changes such as the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.  Nearly all state tax systems, in contrast, are regressive.  This is because states rely more on sales taxes and user fees, which hit low-income households especially hard, than on progressive income taxes.  (The income inequality data in this report reflect the effects of federal taxes but not state taxes.)


The current debt High Broderism wants to perpetuate the world of Bush II. And the rest of us will get to live in their very real dystopia.