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All Together Now by Jared Bernstein

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CHAPTER THREEThe “All Together Now” Agenda

I RECENTLY made a business trip to Tucson, Arizona, which happens to be where my mother lives in a retirement community. So I schlepped my young daughter along, and we stopped by for a visit. My mother asked if I would speak to her Democratic club, but as my schedule was pretty tight, I declined. She snapped into action and set up the talk, whisking me and the kid, who was assigned to making name tags, over to the community center. (I know, there’s deep fodder for psychoanalysis in this paragraph— different book, that.)

It turned out to be a real eye-opener in the following sense: these aging Democrats (my mother is in her eighties) simply do not believe that an economically activist government is ...

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