It must be Good News Tuesday! First we had Consumer confidence highest since February 2008; reports signal economic growth.
Now we have Greg Sargent feeling very positive about a meeting between senior Obama administration officials and reps of major unions and progressive groups, because those groups liked what they heard:
Things can always change at a moment’s notice. But attendees at this meeting came away convinced — for now — that the White House firmly believes it has the leverage in the fiscal cliff talks, and has no intention of budging on the demand for higher tax rates from the rich or on other core priorities.
Indeed, one person at the meeting — which included people from the AFLCIO, AFSCME, SEIU, MoveOn and others — came away convinced that the White House would ultimately prove willing to go over the fiscal cliff if necessary, rather than give ground on core demands, though this is not by any means a desired option and isn’t being discussed as a strategic possibility... “They feel confident that they don’t have to compromise [re: Medicare and Medicaid benefits].”
The glass looks half full at this point. At least that's the impression those at the meeting got, despite the White House indicating that they wouldn't be too happy about sliding down the fiscal slope, or tripping over the speed bump, or blinking during the fiscal showdown or plotzing at the fiscal crossroads or however we're wording it today.
Keep pushing, Progressives, and don't let up just because the Election 2012 has come and gone. We still have work to do, still have to stay united, and more than anything, we still must use our voices to make a difference.
Please read the whole post, because it's good.