by Countable | 7.26.17
Democrats on Monday unveiled an economic agenda that party-leaders hope will show Americans, and factions within the party, what they stand for while also appealing to working class voters.
The plan is titled "A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future," a clear reference to FDR’s New Deal. Amongst other policies, the plan promotes the breaking up of monopolies, improving U.S. infrastructure and cutting prescription drug prices.
"House Democrats are fighting to make sure that all working people know that somebody has their back," states the release.
Agendas are not legally binding, rather they’re a way of a party signaling to its members, and hoped-for members, the direction it believes the party needs to go. Democratic leaders feel their lack of a clearly defined message is one of the reasons they lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump.
"The number one thing that we did wrong is…we didn’t tell people what we stood for," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told “This Week” on Sunday.
Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California both wrote op-eds about the new plan. In the Washington Post, Pelosi wrote that the Better Deal "is an ambitious economic agenda that represents a renewed Democratic commitment to the hard-working men and women across the United States who have been left out and left behind for too long."
Schumer joined Pelosi, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and a slew of top Congressional Democrats for the blueprint’s unveiling in Berryville, Virginia, an outside-of-the-Beltway district Democrats hope to flip in next year’s election. (It’s currently held by Republican Representative Barbara Comstock.)
"Americans know this economy is rigged," Warren said in Berryville. "Rigged in favor of billionaires and giant corporations and rigged against everyone else. It's not hard to see how this happened. In industry after industry, a handful of corporations have seized power in this country.”
Here are some of the Better Deal’s proposals:
"Lower the crippling cost of prescription drugs" by creating a “price gouging” enforcer and allowing Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drugmakers
The formation of the "Trust Buster," a new consumer advocate tasked with closely monitoring corporate mergers and scrutinizing the proposed merger’s effect on jobs, product quality and consumer privacy
Cracking down on unfair foreign trade and fighting "back against corporations that outsource foreign jobs"
Expand apprenticeships and work-based learning programs to "help train young people for the new jobs we will create, and provide pathways for millions of out-of-work Americans to re-enter the workforce."
Is the Better Deal the deal you want to see? Is there anything you’d like added to the platform? Tell your reps, and comment below.
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The Dems Better Deal is too weak. The environment and sustainable energy development must be the top priority. We all need clean, safe water, air and food. A clean environment also decreases health care costs. Global warming is a disaster for the economy. Public land must be protected and expanded. We need Medicare for all. Lowering prescription drug prices is not a health care solution, although it is needed badly. We need to strongly affirm and protect civil rights. A way must be found to limit the excessive wealth disparity in our country. Education needs to be fully funded and must include civics, personal finance, and critical thinking skills. We need to return the media to neutral rreporting of fact rather than propaganda for profit. This plan is not nearly bold enough. We literally need a revolution.
I am very glad Dems are identifying their platform, but should only be the beginning. More needs to be added!
As long as you refuse to support Single Payer Healthcare, the Democratic Party will continue to lose. You let the primary be stolen from Sanders, and the DNC refuses to support progressive candidates. A new slogan will get you nowhere, we see all the corporate money you take. People are sick and tired of having to choose the lessor of two evils. We want real change.
I like the attempt to state a plan. It's a good start. It needs to be bold and progressive. Now is the time to include Medicaid for all. Be bold. People want this. Also get young, new leaders. It's time!
Please consider reaching across the aisle and supporting this. We need unity and transparency.
It's a start but not good enough. What about health care? What environmental protections? What about the huge racism problem? Sorry. It's not enough. I'd vote for the devil if they'd give us universal health care.
Let's start to work together on this very important bill,let's put people forward and stop working against the other party. This is to important to screw up, I'm glad the dems have a plan now lets all get together and work for the American people.
You would be surprised how many corporate giants own most "brands" and how they use the allusion of choice. When the reality is PepsiCo Coca-Cola Nestle and Johnson's & Johnson own most of what you buy at supermarkets. I support breaking them up to let Mom and Pop stores come back to America. Here are my sources:::https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/stories/these-10-companies-make-a-lot-of-the-food-we-buy-heres-how-we-made-them-better/
There isn't much detail yet on how exactly these goals will be accomplished, but I'm completely behind these goals. In particular getting high-speed internet access and incentives for vocational education can make a huge difference. Personally I have my doubts about the feasibility of raising wages and creating millions of good-paying jobs, and of course I want to know more about what our elected reps consider "good-paying"; I support those goals but wonder if our government will be willing and able to do what is required to make that happen. The special interests exerting a powerful influence on the government and the economy are deeply entrenched, they have many "friends" in both parties, and they have all the money to support their agendas. What we don't need is more Band-Aids masquerading as real solutions. Also I don't see much about education reform here, which is deeply, deeply needed.
These proposals don't go anywhere near far enough. The Democrats need to be supporting single payer, free tuition at public colleges and universities, breaking up the big banks, and unionizing the workforce, reversing the trend that's been going on for decades. If the Democrats fought on the single payer issue alone they would gain massive support.
I think a lot of people are a missing the intention of this Better Deal. I'm seeing a lot of people talk about health care and the environment. I don't feel like those will stop being priorities. But for millions of Americans who voted for the other party, these issues were not given enough focus. These are aimed at fixing some of our economic inequalities, which in turn will fix some of the social inequalities we are facing. But if we're trying to sell Republicans on this, beating them over the head with global warming and healthcare, while these are definitely priorities, has been an approach that has gotten nowhere. You want change. I get it. Change happens slowly. But seriously, put your frustrations aside for a moment, and look at this logically. If you're able to do that, I think you'll see is a good first step.
Include universal health care and I'm all in. I just signed my spouse up for Medicare part A now that he is 65 and thought, "wow! What a HUGE relief! He is covered for life against any major hospitalizations!" It made me realize how much time and energy and stress we experience without this option! COME ON! Let's join every other industrialized nation and do this!! Health care for all to allow life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all!. It should NOT be just for the rich, who got rich off our worker bee backs. They need the money they paid themselves from our hard work on their behalf and let it be taxed enough to GIVE BACK in the form of a health care thank you to all of us. They will still be plenty rich, I can assure you, so don't worry about them.
Quit dangling carrots and enact Citizens United first. Obstructionists and wealthy elite cronies for both party's will continue buying legislation to empower themselves while pressing their thumbs down the throat of the majority. Concentrated wealth is unhealthy for the economy.
It's a beginning. Since Reagan the middle class has lost ground. If we don't support a living wage we will become Russia in all but name.
In addition to clearly stating their party platform, the Dems need to focus on getting out the vote in 2018 and 20!
I agree with these high-level goals but can they be accomplished without first reversing Citizens United?
Hmmm… sounds a lot like what trump talked about on the campaign trail. Unfair trade deals, infrastructure spending. And I feel like I've heard most of this before. Actually, I'm pretty sure it's the same deal they were preaching. I mean higher minimum wage? I've only heard that 10,000 times in the last 10 years
If you want socialism, then move to a socialist country.
DITCH TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS FOR THE SWILL THAT IT IS !!! REBUILD AND ENHANCE THE EPA AND ALL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS !!! GET SINGLE PAYER MEDICAL CARE FOR ALL !!! GET TUITION FREE EDUCATION AND BLUE COLLAR WORK SKILL TRAINING FOR ALL, INCLUDING THE INCARCERATED !!!!! GET RID OF FOR PROFIT PRISONS AND EDUCATION, IT IS NOTHING BUT INSTITUTIONALIZED SLAVE LABOR AND SLAVE CULTURAL CONDITIONING !!!! GET BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS !!!! GET BIG MONEY OUT OF YOUR PERSONAL POLITICS !!!! PASS A LAW REQUIRING NEWS AGENCIES TO REPORT STRICTLY NEUTRAL FACT BASED IN DEPTH NEWS ONLY !!! REMOVE MONOPOLY CONTROL OF ALL NEWS AGENCIES AND MEDIA !!! REMOVE POLITICAL INCENTIVES FROM THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION FDA !!! INCENTIVIZE BUSINESS TO RETOOL FOR ECOLOGICALLY SOUND RENEWABLE RESOURCES !!!! REPLACE ALL FINANCIAL RESTRICTION SAFE GUARDS IMPOSED AFTER THE 1929 DEPRESSION !!! WHEN YOU HAVE ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED THESE THINGS AND NOT JUST USED THEM AS LIP SERVICE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE MADE A GOOD START !!!!
Sounds like more government control. At least two more agencies. Less government not more. Two of the bullet points Trump is already working on. Now the democrats want everyone to get behind? Everything Trump wants to do you Democrats block. All of congress needs to work together all the time. Forget the Russians get back to doing your job.