That video was three short weeks ago, and in the interim, they've done it again, with the full compliance of the Republican party.
Three short weeks ago, we were talking about minimum wage hikes, infrastructure, economic growth, and pre-K for all! Now we're back to the same old nonsense about budgets and spending and austerity and "entitlements."
Why does it happen? I don't have the resources to actually count the number of reports done across cable and mainstream news, but the word "sequester" was used far too often. More reports have been done more consistently about budget cuts than just about anything else. Pundits are invited on the air to discuss them, people who have a vested interest in making sure austerity and 'cuts' are in the forefront of the collective American mind.
Those most bent over these automatic cuts are large public corporations, particularly large defense contractors. This is not to say that these cuts are good. They're not. They do have a 'trickle down' effect, and in this case it's likely to affect people I know and love. It might even have an effect on me directly, but indirectly it certainly will, as the economy slows and the next downturn kicks in.
Krugman is right: We're having the wrong conversation. The only way it's going to turn around is if we make that happen. The Occupy movement did it splendidly in 2011, despite many efforts to discredit and disrupt them. They put the focus back on working people, instead of the corporate masters who so desperately want to distract us.
As long as Republicans keep the focus on austerity, they're winning. The President is right to keep hammering on them for their refusal to deal. We all know they're not going to deal even if he hands them everything on a silver platter. Even 100 percent capitulation on Democrats' part would not bring a deal. Politically, the budget and spending are the only areas they have any traction at all.