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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ is socialism repackaged in naked populist form

The air was so thick you could cut it with a knife on Monday afternoon as leading Democrat politicians ventured outside the Washington Beltway to a public park in nearby Berryville, Virginia (in Rep. Barbara Comstock’s 10th District) to reveal their “new” agenda aimed at winning back at least some of the traditional Democrats who dumped the party to vote for Donald Trump and Republican congressional and Senate candidates last November.

The sight of men and women in suits and button down shirts must have appeared awful strange to those park Democrats better dealvisitors who weren’t aware ahead of time that a gaggle of ruling class Democrats would be showing up to try, once again, to rebrand themselves into the champions of the common man.

Seeing Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, et al.) pontificating outdoors in the intense glare of the Virginia summer would be humorous under most circumstances but on Monday it was absolutely side-splitting laughable – not only because they were sweating like the “common man” in direct sunlight but also because what they were trying to pitch wasn’t all that fresh and wouldn’t be spared from overexposure no matter how many layers of sunscreen were applied.

In all, it was just the latest Democrat bash on American individualism and capitalism.

Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner reported, “The ‘Better Deal’ agenda regurgitates many of the old Democratic ideas of raising the minimum wage, increasing spending on infrastructure and penalizing companies that move overseas.

“But it also emphasizes breaking up big companies such as airlines and cable companies and goes after the pharmaceutical industry with a requirement that companies ‘justify their prices’ to consumers who are struggling to pay for medication.

“’Old-fashioned capitalism has broken down to the detriment of consumers,’ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday...”

Old-fashioned capitalism has broken down, Chuck? Nonsense. If anything, old-fashioned capitalism has been weighted down by tens of thousands of pages of the federal register and a collection of politicians from both parties who believe a laissez-faire economic system needs to be “fixed” or transformed rather than lightly monitored to ensure fairness and a level playing field for all participants in the marketplace.

The truth is, capitalism would work swimmingly if given the chance. Neither party – especially Democrats – would stoop to offering people the trust and opportunity to make their own economic choices. If you don’t believe it, just look at Obamacare. The best health system in the world is collapsing because most or all of the capitalism has been removed from it.

We won’t address the Republicans’ recent failures to deal with Obamacare in this space – right now we’re focusing on the wretched Democrats and their hopeless party remake.

The Democrats’ attempt to rebrand themselves as heroes to the struggling isn’t going to convince anyone with common sense or knowledge of history to give them another try. A snake periodically sheds its skin, but it’s still a snake. A chameleon lizard changes colors but it’s still a chameleon lizard. A Democrat can claim he or she is for middle class families and helping people improve their economic situations but at the core he or she is still... a socialist.

Let’s not forget Hillary Clinton tried to heap the same “better deal” sell-job on Americans last year just as Pelosi, Schumer and Warren (et. al) did in Virginia a couple days ago – and it turned people off. The problem is the Democrats just emerged from two terms of Obama, including a couple years of complete Democrat congressional control, and their “better deal” agenda didn’t improve things for anyone.

The message might enjoy at least a token bit of credibility if it weren’t articulated by the same liberal leadership that’s become the figurehead of the post-Obama Democrat Party. Is anyone seriously going to believe Schumer and Pelosi have changed their thinking on empowering Americans to succeed? Hardly. By all appearances Democrats are solely interested in restraining people who have ideas in order to secure goodies for their dedicated followers.

They’re redistributionists of the highest order.

Further, contrast the Democrats’ gloomy anti-freedom and liberty message with that of candidate Trump last year. The Democrats relentlessly blast successful Americans (the “rich”) in order to lure the weak-minded and uninformed into supporting them. Trump attacked the unfairness of the system the elites stole from the people – and the elites themselves – to appeal to Americans displaced by decades of broken federal promises (like not enforcing the immigration laws and trade deals that sent their jobs overseas and using the political system to enrich themselves).

Democrats want more rules, more regulations and more federal bureaucrats looking over the shoulders of people doing business in order to dictate equity in the workplace. It won’t succeed. Most Americans simply want to be left alone, not to be placed in the shackles of more central planning and command control located in the far off Capitol.

Understandably, Republicans were less than impressed by the Democrats’ display of America/capitalist-bashing.

Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner reported, “Democrats announced their new ‘Better Deal’ campaign, which will focus on helping average Americans instead of the rich and special interest groups.

“But AshLee Strong, [Speaker Paul] Ryan's press secretary, noted that Republicans came out with the ‘Better Way’ campaign last year.

“’Have you seen this creative, innovative, totally unique ‘Better Deal’ messaging campaign ... the Democrats unveiled this morning for the 2018 cycle,’ she asked in an email that was interspersed with links to the GOP's ‘Better Way’ website.”

Instead of suggesting we’re seeing a fresh coat of paint on the same old Democrat socialist ideas, however, the Republican leadership seems to be taking offense at the minority party’s ostensible stealing of their own marketing strategy.

Therein lies the problem – the ideas themselves aren’t being attacked as much as the Republicans object to the Democrats’ perceptible plagiarism. The GOP has its own host of impotence issues, mostly having to do with the establishment party leadership not really standing for anything and a lasting image problem with the voters who rightly see that Republicans are great in the opposition but can’t enact a conservative agenda once they’re handed the quill and ink to write up laws.

In the end it doesn’t really matter whether either party calls their program a “Better Deal” or a “Better Way” if they won’t assume the necessary political risks to actually pass laws or cut the budget or stand up for a set of principles beyond whatever it takes to win a majority or get them through the next election.

Both parties are capitalism bashers in their own specific ways. Where the free market is concerned, politicians want to tinker with the entire engine to fix a few bad spark plugs.

It’s also to these politicians’ personal advantage to attack the very foundations of the American economic system. After all, there’s always a reason why someone succeeds and others don’t, and they’re more than happy to supply the cause. It’s much easier to point the finger at someone else rather than taking responsibility for one’s failures. Your gain is my loss; it’s the basis for their governing philosophy. Their reason for existence is to make the underachievers of the world feel empowered.

And just when the Democrats appeared to be taking responsibility for their poor electoral plight in recent times, they resort back to their old tricks again.

Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media reported, “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told The Washington Post that Democrats should blame themselves for losing last November, rather than pinning their defeat on former FBI Director James Comey or the Trump campaign's supposed collusion with Russia. In a tweet Monday morning, President Trump heartily agreed.

“’When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don't blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,’ Schumer told the Post. ‘So what did we do wrong? People didn't know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.’”

After seeing Monday’s press event with a group of them wilting from exposure to the blistering Virginia sun it’s not at all clear the Democrats stand for anything apart from what they did yesterday or last week or last month or last year.

Their underlying message is all the same and can be summed up as thus: ‘We know more than you and the American people can’t be trusted to make decisions on personal financial matters or handling their own money.’

Chuck Schumer’s right: American capitalism does need a reexamination. But the Democrats shouldn’t be surprised when the people demand more of it, not the warmed-over rebranded “Better Deal” they’re offering to move attention away from their latest ploy to foster socialism.

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E Warren

I never thought of WPA or SSA as socialism because I grew up with democrat parents who worshiped FDR. Following four years in the Marines and four years in college, in spite of a job offer from the Denver Post, I changed my career choice from journalism to business. The reason was that awful circus in Dallas, November 22, 1963. Two more years of college, an MBA, the pitiful suffering under LBJ and then Carter, completely reversed my politics. Suffering under Clinton and Obama turned me totally off the notion that compromise is the best path. The cretins now dominating the democrat party have no interest in the Constitution and simply work for personal gain through compromise. It's the socialist ladder. Schumer? He should have shut up after he heard from Dr. Suzanna Gratia-Hupp. I guess he never learned that to be wise, one must play all the parts. For me, it consumed 60 of my almost 80 years. Hopefully, today's college kids won't need that much time.