Obama is a Progressive.
George Soros is a Progressive.
Howard Dean, Head of the DNC, is a Progressive.
The "progressive" looks to Big Government for solutions; progressives seek to expand government-run social programs and curb private "greed." Progressives want to take decisions away from the individual and to put a "progressive" Big Government in charge. "Progressive" is a replacement word for "liberal," minus the acrrued negative baggage of the modern-day "liberal."
Progressives linquistically like to frame their Big Government philosophy as "nurturing" or "ethically fair." But "Progressivism" is simply a new way of saying "socialism." History has shown that socialism is neither "nurturing" nor "fair:" Gulags of USSR, prisons of Cuba, Mao’s Cultural Revolution etc.
Socialism aka "progressivism" has wrought enslavement and misery; free markets and individual freedoms have brought happiness and prosperity to many. (Poster image attributable to Shepard Fairy)