Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, September 9th, 2018 - 65 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war, Economy, International, journalism, liberalism, political parties, Politics, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, us politics, useless - Tags: ardern, austerity, deocratic party, economy, nz labour party, pelosi
Jimmy Dore has amplified a piece published in The Intercept from four days ago about Nancy Pelosi’s intention to have any future Democrat President bound by “pay go” legislation. In New Zealand political parlance, it’s a commitment to “fiscal responsibility”.
All new spending will have to be off-set with cuts in other budgetary areas, or with tax increases. It’s all about containing the deficit, and as The Intercept’s headline points out, it simply comes down to “Nancy Pelosi Promis[ing] that Democrats will Handcuff the Democratic Agenda if they Retake the House.”
The Guardian, referring to the same Axios report that David Dayen at The Intercept based his piece on, zeroed in on the monumental issue of Nancy Pelosi’s age and gender. I kid you not. That, apparently, is way more important than health care; social security; how stuff will get done; economic ideology… Nancy Pelosi leads the Democrats into Battle Again – While Watching her Back.
Now, as the title to the post claims, Pelosi is in bed with Ardern. But strangely, Ardern is touted as being progressive, when we hear anything besides how shes a mother, even though the government she heads has imposed the same reactionary fiscal restraints on itself (and us!) as Pelosi would apply to the Democrats. Ardern is just the face of the victorious faction of NZ Labour that killed any movement towards an adoption of social democratic priorities. Ardern and NZ Labour are to New Zealand what the next Democratic President and the Democratic Party will be to the US if the progressive challenge under way to the “established” Democratic Party fails, or what UK Labour would now be to Britain if the Blairites had hung on in there.
As Jimmy Dore concludes in relation to the Democrats and “pay-go”- “Vote Blue! Go ahead and vote blue and the Democrats will take over the Congress, and then they will do absolutely fucking nothing. Nothing.”
What have NZ Labour done?