All That and a Bag of Chips

For the record, I’ve argued for a long time that progressives ought to focus on “family” issues that unite poor and middle-class folk, like child care and paid family leave. So I’m pleased that Jonathan Chait is finding signs everywhere that this is the Next Big Thing for Democrats, a natural for Obama, Clinton and their progressive critics alike.

Universal, high-quality child care may sound like a suspiciously broad panacea for any social ill — entrenched poverty, declining real wages, and so on. But this is because a well-designed policy actually would solve many problems at once. And that is why all the wings of the Democratic Party are converging on this.

Uh, yeah, and then there’s the politics: it goes where no Republican will be allowed to follow, and also appeals to people who have to work but will probably never depend on the minimum wage or benefit from collective bargaining.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.