Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Roadmap for Democratic victory in midterms
(Graphic courtesy of The Detroit Free Press [click on this link to download high-res PDF], via Kevin Drum, via Atrios.)
"Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Ronald Reagan memorably asked during the 1980 campaign, bluntly defining the bread-and-butter nature of national politics in America. The answer for most of America is, as this map of census data shows, "Hell, no!" In inflation adjusted dollars, the median income dropped significantly in most states between 1999 and 2005. Given all the demands on working families' paychecks, this is real money we're talking about -- and real pain.
If this isn't a roadmap for Democratic victory this fall, I don't know what is. The Republicans have had their chance: They tried their tax cuts, their military spending, their free market panaceas. They didn't work. It's time to have the grownups run the economy again.