Who's pushing austerity? Is holding government growth to 3.4% instead of 5% austerity? Is reforming Medicare, Medicaid and SS austerity? These are serious issues affecting our countries long term debt. The Dems act like the problem doesn't even exist!
Seriously, liberals always talk about paying it forward. These entitlements, or safety nets if that's what you choose to call them, aren't about paying it forward. They're about borrowing it forward. Until we get serious about these programs, 3.4% or 5% growth doesn't make much difference.