At the "Take Back the American Dream” conference to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, the AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka spoke of rallying progressives around President Obama, in order to “have the president’s back."
Polls show that 63% of Americans want the Super Committee to raise taxes on the wealthy, avoiding any major changes to Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare, reports Think Progress---a nonpartisan progressive organization of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
Yet current GOP proposals consist of eliminating Medicaid recipients’ access to health insurance; repealing the current health reform; and raising the Medicare eligibility age--- all major cuts to the social safety net.
The Washington Post reports that the organizers of the “Take Back the American Dream” conference are “building a counter movement” by building a grassroots movement that will revive the economy and protect both Social Security and Medicare. The attempt is in response to the GOP takeover of the House in 2010 and the disenchantment of voters because of failed compromises by Obama with the GOP. According to the Post,
“People are totally ready to get behind (Obama), but I think what they’re not ready to give anybody is the benefit of the doubt that if we win an election and we all go home, things are going to change,” said Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union. “That was probably the theory of the Obama election and taking over the House by the Democrats and the Senate as well. I think it was a failed strategy.”
While the plan is unlikely to pass Congress in its entirety, the White House believes Obama’s populist approach will build support among the public. And liberals think they’ve already moved the president.
Yet Sunday's FOX News with Chris Wallace accused the far left of having "Tea Party envy" as they had seen all the good it had brought to the government and what it brought. They also said the movement against the GOP was a minor one and basically nothing to worry about.
The American Dream conference had joined with the Van Jones “Rebuild the Dream” on October 3 to 5, showing support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and building a new movement for progressive change to promote the change that President Obama has always wanted for the middle class of America for a better life.