More policy plans, please.

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Why Americans Hate Democrats—A Dialogue

More policy plans, please.

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Finally, we need better ways of talking about our plans. We have a vision for, as Bob Reich puts it, a more socially just future. But we need to convey the future part. I hated it every time George Bush claimed the mantle of reformer with innovative ideas on taxes, Social Security, and health care. There's nothing worse than the Republican Party accusing the Democratic Party of being conservative. The only way to fight back is to reclaim the label of reform and add real substance to it, with more plans and better plans.

Jason Furman is a senior fellow and director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.

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