You can almost hear this blog dying, can’t you?
Anyway, I was thinking about this post by Mark, which is post 93 in his long running anti-hope series.
Progressives like to claim the public is supportive of their agenda based on single issue polling. It seems to me that once public opinion collides with an opposition campaign, things look different. Public opinion is also contradictory. People like more services and they like lower taxes. They can’t have both. California is trying it and it’s not working. Opinion polls show that if you pay income taxes, you think you’re paying too much. So despite the fact that polls also show people will trade taxes for services, they don’t think they’re getting a good deal. That’s ripe territory for conservatives. And if we’re talking about single-payer, it’s hard to see how anything gets past “the government is taking away your health care for some brand new thing that sucks for various reasons.” Even if the various reasons themselves suck, losing your health care is scary.
That’s all obvious, isn’t it?
So single-payer organizing is pointless right now. If we get a public plan, that changes. Are we going to get a public plan? Beats me.