Democrats Desperately Attempt To Regain Relevance With Midwest Voters Via New Populist Agenda
Yesterday we pointed out that, in a somewhat shockingly frank interview with on ABC’s “This Week”, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Democrats, not Russia, were to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump.
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things – [James] Comey, Russia – you blame yourself.“
“So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”
Of course, over the past 12 months, Democrats have tried every strategy possible win elections aside from actually putting forth an agenda of ideas that resonate with voters. At first there was the blame game in which Democrats pretended they didn’t have a philosophical disconnect from voters but rather were simply robbed of the White House by Russian hacking operations.
Then, when that strategy failed to inspire voters, Democrats simply threw an obscene amount of money at special election candidates like John Ossoff. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Ossoff still lost…resulting in a devastating waste of $176 per vote, or roughly 7.6x more than what Karen Handel spent to actually win. Oops.
So what do you do when your party is in complete disarray and not even the mainstream media’s 24/7, wall-to-wall bashing of your political opposition is sufficient for you to start winning elections? Well, you roll out a whole new snazzy slogan and send Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to Berryville, Virginia to deliver an inspiring speech.
According to the Associated Press, the ‘new’ Democrat agenda will be focused on introducing all new strategies focused on “raising wages, lowering costs for families, and giving working Americans better skills for the 21st century economy.” Unfortunately, while they boast a new way forward, the ‘new’ Democrat agenda looks a lot like the old one and seemingly focuses on increasing taxes, entitlements and other forms of government dependence while attacking and demonizing all wealthy individuals and corporations.
The full title of the agenda is “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”
“The Democratic Party’s mission is to help build an America in which working people know that somebody has their back,” say documents accompanying the roll-out.
There are three overarching goals: raising wages, lowering costs for families, and giving working Americans better skills for the 21st century economy.
Detailed planks will be rolled out over time. On Monday, three are being unveiled:
—Lowering prescription drug prices. Suggestions include a new agency that could investigate drug manufacturer price hikes, and they would allow Medicare to negotiate directly for the best drug prices.
—Cracking down on corporate monopolies. Democrats would enact new standards to limit large mergers, and create a new consumer competition advocate.
—Creating millions more jobs. The agenda includes proposals for expanding apprenticeships and providing a tax credit to employers to train and hire new workers.
Chuck Schumer even posted an op-ed in the New York Times this morning specifically stating that “our better deal is not about expanding the government, or moving our party in one direction or another along the political spectrum.” Ironically, in the very next sentence, he goes on to detail how his ‘jobs plan’ is dependent upon massively ‘expanding the government’ and veering way left on the political spectrum with policies like a federal $15 minimum wage.
We’ve already proposed creating jobs with a $1 trillion infrastructure plan; increasing workers’ incomes by lifting the minimum wage to $15; and lowering household costs by providing paid family and sick leave.
And here’s more of the same ole attacks from Chuck…
Right now, there is nothing to stop vulture capitalists from egregiously raising the price of lifesaving drugs without justification. We’re going to fight for rules to stop prescription drug price gouging and demand that drug companies justify price increases to the public. And we’re going to push for empowering Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for older Americans.
Right now our antitrust laws are designed to allow huge corporations to merge, padding the pockets of investors but sending costs skyrocketing for everything from cable bills and airline tickets to food and health care. We are going to fight to allow regulators to break up big companies if they’re hurting consumers and to make it harder for companies to merge if it reduces competition.
Right now millions of unemployed or underemployed people, particularly those without a college degree, could be brought back into the labor force or retrained to secure full-time, higher-paying work. We propose giving employers, particularly small businesses, a large tax credit to train workers for unfilled jobs. This will have particular resonance in smaller cities and rural areas, which have experienced an exodus of young people who aren’t trained for the jobs in those areas.
Conclusion: Democrats still have no idea why they lost in 2016.