That's what everyone needs!*
No, seriously. This story annoys me every time I read it, in whatever format it's appearing.
"Self-interest, rightly understood" is a fancy-pants way of saying, "I know what is in your interest better than you do." It is, in my view, a politically stupid and morally diseased position. Democrats, by temperament, are slightly more susceptible to it than Republicans.
It's even more annoying when these stories are alternated with stories about how the Democrats are the party of so many splinter interest groups that they're tearing themselves apart in the attempt to serve all of them, as so often happens.
I mean, which is it? Are the Dems not listening to anyone, or are they listening to everyone?
I'm only going to say this once (well, unless I get really aggravated), so listen closely.
Democrats don't want to tell people what their "best interests" are.
They don't want to dictate what people do and/or don't want.
They don't want to argue anyone out of what they actually want.
They just want people told honestly what lies behind the misleading rhetoric, the semantically empty speechmaking, and the patently dishonest policy titles.
Prescription Drug Benefit (mostly for big pharmaceutical companies)
No Child Left Behind (more children encouraged to leave on their own)
War on 'Extremists' (def. ecologists, liberals, poor people, women, tolerance, the constitution, and people hogging Our Oil)
Mission Accomplished (let the slaughter begin)
Enemy Combatant (anyone who looks at us funny and yes, that can include you, so shape up)
Immigration Reform (go away, we got our own poor folk to do the chores)
Ownership Society (they already own it, this was just a celebration)
Tax Reform (rich people need more money)
And so forth.
(Lunch break over.)
* I made it. It's lovely. Really.