The other is entitlements, which are swallowing a growing chunk of the federal budget and squeezing out spending on other progressive priorities, such as medical research and early childhood education. The president is open to reform, but the “professional liberals” defend every cent of those entitlements, and even want to expand Social Security.
Hard-shell conservatives fantasize that the “Ted Cruz Wing” of the Republican Party will lead them to victory. The loony left is just as misty-eyed about the “Warren Wing” of the Democratic Party.
They’re both wrong. This is a moderate, pragmatic country. Any party that ignores that truth is doomed to defeat.
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