Third Way’s Attack On Elizabeth Warren Prompted By Calls For Expanding Social Security

By: Monday December 9, 2013 6:59 am

Why did Third Way launch an attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren? According to one of the op-ed writers it was Warren’s support for a plan to expand Social Security that was the “final moment.” Clearly an unforgivable offense against the bondholders that Third Way represents who want general austerity and cuts to Social Security to [...]

 

Third Way Returns To Attack Elizabeth Warren And Bill de Blasio

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:47 am

For those unfamiliar, when Wall Street bought the Democratic Party they wanted their transaction to be called the triumph of “Third Way” politics in association with other gains by finance capital and neoliberal politicians around the world, especially the UK. They were essentially advocating that Democrats concede the economic argument to Ronald Reagan and let his governing paradigm stand with some marginal tweaks. Progressive politics would be limited to social issues or “the culture war.”

Fun With Bill Keller and Jim Kessler About Baby Boomers Abusing Their Kids

By: Friday August 3, 2012 6:00 pm

Yes, on this great day when we hear the unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, NYT columnist Bill Keller is still pressing on the need to curb Social Security and Medicare spending and calling on his fellow baby boomers to rise to the occasion. He has even brought in Jim Kessler, the senior vice-president for policy at Third Way, to help him make the case.

Third Way’s Cowan and Kessler Call For the Radical Dismantling of Social Security

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 8:30 am

In Social Security’s 76 year history, it has always been dealt with independent of the general budget, through the normal legislative process. Rather than enact major changes in haste and, we believe, repent at leisure after the damage has been done, we urge policymakers to focus on Social Security after the debt limit has been raised, in its own legislative vehicle, through the normal legislative process with full hearings and open debate. Let’s go with the old-fashioned way, rather than some new, untested third way.

PBS NewsHour: Third Way Mainstreams Corporatism Using ‘Progressive’ Rhetoric

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 9:30 am

I was on the PBS News Hour with Jim Kessler of Third Way last night, during which Kessler said the NAFTA-like South Korean free trade agreement was a great deal for the U.S. Of course he thinks KORUS is good for the US. What’s he going to say, the banks that fund his organization are tickled pink the US government won’t be able to pass “too big to fail” laws, or ban risky financial products and services?

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