If Millennials remain on the left, the consequences for American politics over the next two decades could be profound. In the 2008 presidential election, Millennials constituted one-fifth of America’s voters. In 2012, they were one-quarter. In 2016, according to predictions by political demographer Ruy Teixeira, they will be one-third. And they will go on constituting between one-third and two-fifths of America’s voters through at least 2028 .
In an interview with The Daily Beast released on Tuesday, Warren, 62, who recently began a bid to unseat Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) admitted that up into her early 40s she was a Republican.
"I was a Republican because I thought that those were the people who best supported markets. I think that is not true anymore," Warren said. "I was a Republican at a time when I felt like there was a problem that the markets were under a lot more strain. It worried me whether or not the government played too activist a role."
De Blasio's campaign message and its strong focus on inequality is definitely a populist break with Clintonite politics. But his campaign agenda of higher taxes on a small slice of wealthy people in order to finance increased investments in early childhood education fits extremely comfortably inside the current Democratic Party consensus. Just ask Lawrence Summers who thinks that "the current tax system is, in certain ways, manifestly unfair at a time of rising inequality" and that "there are fairly expensive aspects of the current tax system that favor the most fortunate – aspects that border on the indefensible."
There's a clear hunger in the Democratic Party's base for more left-wing measures than they're getting from the Obama administration and its neoliberal sellout lapdogs. But the main reason we don't have higher taxes on the wealthy to finance more domestic social services spending isn't the neoliberal sellout lapdogs—it's congressional Republicans.
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