Mark Udall, Colorado senator for austerity
Mark Udall is Colorado’s senior Democratic senator. Who does he represent? His obsession with balanced budgets and deficits makes it clear it’s not the average Coloradan. His core constituency is nothing other than the valueless forces of austerity, hard money, financial orthodoxy, wealth, and business. Udall, along with his equally sinister senatorial brother Michael Bennet, is an excellent example of what’s wrong with the Democratic Party and why it’s so out of favor with working class Americans.
Udall is an avid supporter of the bi-partisan attack on working families known as Bowles-Simpson. Here’s a blurb from his website:
The truth is we have the right pieces in place for a successful debt-reduction plan, one that will not stifle much-needed job creation. The bipartisan Bowles-Simpson plan (named after the commission recently led by a Democrat and Republican) is a balanced deficit-reduction proposal that will make tough spending cuts, raise some new revenues, and shore up Medicare and Social Security… (I) call for the Senate to pass both the Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan, and a smart and effective balanced budget amendment.
Let’s recall that Bowles-Simpson demands $4 trillion in federal spending cuts through 2020, limits future federal spending to 21% of GDP, sharply reduces social security benefits, cuts medicare, and regressively increases gas taxes, all while actually reducing individual and corporate tax rates. An amazing attack on the values of widespread prosperity that are at the very heart of the Occupy movements sweeping his state and the country. But even this radical document is insufficient for Udall; we also need a balanced budget amendment.
Mark Udall is a typical valueless status-quo politician within our valueless socioeconomic system. Prosperity for his constituents isn’t his starting point, his core is the cold inhuman logic of capitalist accounting around which all must bend. At a time of massive productive capacity, he blindly accepts the need for unending unemployment and rising old age insecurity, accompanied of course by record low taxation. It’s not because we lack resources, we have plenty. Udallian austerity is necessary because he can’t somehow find enough “revenue” within a fiat currency regime fully capable of creating as many dollars as needed.
Udall, along with most of his party, is strangely antagonistic to the growing populism of our times. Against rising global demands for far greater equality, Udall positions himself solidly alongside the undemocratic forces of conservatism; aligning himself with Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats, mainstream economists, central bankers, and the bond markets.