Now an establishment pillar is saying the same thing. Democrats in Congress are jousting with Republicans over extending and perhaps enhancing the payroll tax cut that has helped prop up ordinary people's budgets for the last year. This will almost certainly go through much posturing before it gets done. Republicans insist it can't be done unless the lost revenue is paid for somewhere else in the budget.
Now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, an establishment Democrat all the way, is pointing out what we've known for years: the money is there when we decide to take it from the wars.
And Pelosi isn't the only Dem talking this way. They are all getting it.
Raiding the war funding for domestic use is getting to be Washington orthodoxy.
They are never going to tell the majority of us who are peaceniks that we've wrenched elite policies around to our preferred direction. But our consistent, longterm efforts are changing the definitions of the possible and necessary. That's what victory for the 99 percent in the economic arena will look like as well.