Today, the shambling husk known as the Democrat Party has revealed that it has a plan to counter the Trumpocalypse, which dashed their hopes, dreams, and ambitions of stamping its collectivist boot on the face of the American people forever. They refer to it as “A Better Deal.” In reality, it is more of the same bureaucratic command economy that has been the signature of Democrat rule for nearly a century.
Democratic leaders believe they lost to President Donald Trump partly because voters don’t know what the party stands for. So they’re trying to rebrand themselves with a new slogan and a populist new agenda as they look ahead to the 2018 midterms.
The fatal conceit of Democrats is that there is never a problem with their policies, but their publicity. They conclude, wrongly, that if the public votes against them, it’s not because there is any defect in what they do, it’s just that the electorate was too stupid to understand their brilliance.
It’s called “A Better Deal” and House and Senate Democratic leaders are rolling it out Monday afternoon in Berryville, Virginia. They’re intentionally traveling outside the Beltway, and into the district of one of the GOP House members they hope to defeat next year, Barbara Comstock.
Have the Democrats learned their lesson after the Jon Ossoff debacle in Georgia? Oh, the Democrats tried to spin it as a “win” because they got within 6 percent of Karen Handel. The problem? Democrats had to spend $30 million to GET that 6 percent loss.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, along with other top House and Senate Democrats, are making the presentation after months of internal debate and analysis of polling and focus groups.
God forbid that Schumer and Nancy Pelosi actually leave the Democrat cloister of wisdom and talk to some actual voters. But then, the voters would tell them the same thing they said via the 2016 election: We want jobs, we want prices to go down, we want immigration (legal and illegal) halted, we want the debt paid down, we want the foreign wars ceased.
Democrats think of themselves as the party of working people and were surprised when Trump was able to steal working-class voters from them. They subsequently figured out that voters don’t know what the party stands for, and the new effort is aimed at changing that.
If Democrats think of themselves as the party of working people, then they have bought their own hype because that’s all the “party of working people” ever was: HYPE. The Democrats are the party of unions who enrich themselves at working people’s expense. They are the party of academic sophists who enrich themselves at the public’s expense. They are the party of corporate financiers who enrich themselves at the nation’s expense. But the Democrats are not the party of “working people.”
Schumer acknowledged on Sunday that Democrats were partially to blame for the American people not knowing what the party stands for.
“When you lose an election with someone who has, say, 40 percent popularity, you look in the mirror and say what did we do wrong? And the number one thing that we did wrong is we didn’t have — we didn’t tell people what we stood for,” Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Oh, Chuck. The problem is, you told the people EXACTLY what you stood for: You are anti-Republican, pro-social justice, pro-feminist, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-war, pro-debt, and pro-union. And the people heard you loud and clear.
The full title of the agenda is “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.” (After an earlier and incomplete version leaked on Thursday, Twitter users mocked the similarity to the slogan for Papa John’s pizza, “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.”)
And just think: Some overpaid PR hack probably made over $100,000 to come up with that slogan for the Democrats.
“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.
Another federal bureaucracy? To be funded out of public debt? And staffed with well-connected Ivy League boys and girls whose mommies and daddies are Democrat donors? I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
—Cracking down on corporate monopolies. Democrats would enact new standards to limit large mergers, and create a new consumer competition advocate.
I’m glad to see that the Democrats have finally repudiated the mantra of “too big to fail.” I might be wrong, but aren’t there already a dearth of anti-trust laws that could be applied to corporations RIGHT NOW. But then, they would probably stop donating to the Democrats if Democrats actively pushed to enforce the existing anti-trust laws.
—Creating millions more jobs. The agenda includes proposals for expanding apprenticeships and providing a tax credit to employers to train and hire new workers.
And this is why the tax code is over 60,000 pages. The U.S. tax code is not about collecting revenue. If it was, it would be, at most, 20 pages. The U.S. tax code is a handbook of social engineering, to try and control the economy by controlling the actions of the people who make up the economy.
Democrats hope to make gains in next year’s midterm elections, and perhaps even flip the 24 GOP-held seats necessary to regain the majority in the House.
Yet they are mostly playing defense in the Senate where 10 Democrats are trying to retain seats in states won by Trump, including Republican strongholds like West Virginia, Missouri and North Dakota. Party strategists say that for most Senate candidates, in particular, a national party message has little value and instead each candidate must fight on their own terms and issues.
Democrats who are not privy to the inner sanctum of the national party realize that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are secure in their coastal political fortresses of New York and California respectively. Democrats in the flyover states understand that the ground has shifted underneath their feet and that if they want to keep their cushy political sinecures, they have to separate themselves from the DNC and the DCCC.