Harper's Magazine: Progressive Dupes
I got home yesterday after a week in the Bay Area and settled into my armchair with a stack of new magazines from the mailbox. I only made it a couple of pages into Harper's magazine before I found myself staring in shock at an article endorsing Cory Booker…
Is Harper's publishing linkbait now?
But no, it was a serious endorsement, from economic columnist Jeff Madrick. Its strange logic went something like this:
Cory Booker came to Jeff Madrick's office to talk about economic policy.
They talked about child poverty.
Child poverty is a serious problem that does not get discussed often.
Presidential candidate Romney admitted that he did not worry about child poverty.
Jeff Madrick thinks that probably the best way to reduce child poverty is for the government to offer unconditional cash allowances (aka straight up welfare payments) to poor families with kids.
Cory Booker does not support cash allowances, but he once promised in a political speech that he wants to eliminate child poverty.
That is why you should vote for Cory Booker.
So, yeah, Madrick's endorsement doesn't make much sense, especially as he dedicated most of the column space to arguing that the only sensible way to tackle the problem of child poverty would be for the government bring back traditional welfare payments to poor families with children, without any of the crazy welfare-to-work time limits that are put on these programs today.
It's a sensible plan and a straight-up expansion of welfare. It's also something that Cory Booker explicitly rejects in favor of bullshit freemarket reforms like school vouchers and Section 8 programs. And yet Madrick praises and endorses him anyway, all because Cory Booker says he genuinely cares.
Is Jeff Madrick really that much of sucker?
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