A Legislative Agenda For The First 100 Days

Source: Bill Fletcher Jr., New Labor Forum, Vol. 17 no. 3, Fall 2008
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This agenda will be moot without a strong backing from social forces that are prepared to press for its implementation. Any demobilization of those who successfully brought the Democratic candidate to victory will buoy the political Rights leverage to assert its own agenda. Right-wing forces will push for a continuation of the Bush administrations anti-progressive policies. Thus, if we are not prepared to consistently place enough pressure on our “friend” in the White House, we should expect a repeat of the Bill Clinton years–an era in which there was (technically) a high degree of access to the President and top cabinet officials, but the progressive social movements were afforded very little actual power.

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