Journalist Kevin Drum, over at the left-leaning Mother Jones, epitomized this cynicism, calling Bernie Sanders a con man, and then describing his own feeble approach to public policy: "I'll grant that my pitch--and Hillary's and Barack Obama's--isn't very inspiring. Work your fingers to the bone for 30 years and you might get one or two significant pieces of legislation passed."
Above: "N.R.A. Parade," an artwork by Don Freeman (1908-1978), created while he was in the New Deal's Public Works of Art Project, 1934. The National Industrial Recovery Act, creating the National Recovery Administration (NRA) was a radical law, effecting prices, working conditions, and also setting forth a bold infrastructure plan (the results of which we still benefit from today). According to U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, "NRA was enormously popular. The Blue Eagle spread everywhere, and in some people's minds the New Deal and NRA were almost the same thing... there was a great lift in the spirit of the people as they marched in parades, proudly displayed the Blue Eagle in their windows, and listened to Roosevelt explaining it on the radio" (Frances Perkins, The Roosevelt I Knew, 1946, p. 210). Image courtesy of the General Services Administration and the Museum of the City of New York.
Above: The department store "S. Klein" displays the NRA Blue Eagle (note the spelling error, "Klien," in the "N.R.A. Parade" artwork above). Photo by Berenice Abbot, provided courtesy of Wikipedia and the New York Public Library.
--For people dealing with poverty and permanent insolvency, because of merciless debt-relief restrictions and stagnant wages, decades-long incrementalism isn't good enough.
--For people who can't maintain their families, or even start one, due to crap jobs and wages, it isn't good enough.
--For people who can't get an education without going into crushing debt, it isn't good enough.
--For people who can't enjoy their older years, because Social Security hasn't been expanded and because fixed pension plans are going the way of the Dodo Bird, it isn't good enough.