Early this morning, an op-ed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was published in the New York Times outlining the Democratic party’s new vision for America. The article, “A Better Deal For American Workers,” presents a coherent plan developed by Democrats in the wake of the 2016 election that saw Republican victories.
Schumer explains that the Democrats will now focus relentlessly on three policy objectives:
First, we’re going to increase people’s wages. Second, we’re going to reduce their everyday expenses. And third, we’re going to provide workers with the tools they need for the 21st-century economy.
He admits that the Democrats have failed to “unflinchingly” address government policies that “tilt the economic playing field in favor of the wealthy and powerful while putting new burdens on the backs of hard-working Americans.”
In response to that failure, the party is going to rally behind policies that will benefit all Americans, not just the elites. So far, the party has three plans to work towards their three new goals: Raising the minimum wage, creating jobs with a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, and ensuring paid sick leave and family leave.
Prepare for a torrent of new policies over the next few months that will be enacted either with the support of Republican colleagues in the House and Senate, or without them when the Democrats take back Congress.
Schumer shows that the Democratic party has identified several key problems facing American workers today.
Widespread unemployment and underemployment is hurting small towns and rural communities; this could be alleviated if the government committed to retraining schemes these potential workers for 21st-century jobs, which would create an economic boom and provide more Americans with secure, well-paying jobs. The Democrats are proposing, as a first step, giving a generous tax credits to small businesses if they train workers for jobs that are currently unfilled.
Price gouging by Big Pharma is hurting Americans who rely on medications that they literally can’t live without. A stream of mergers and acquisitions is reducing competition in all areas of the economy, allowing massive corporations to raise prices year after year without providing any new value to consumers.
Schumer explains, “We are going to fight to allow regulators to break up big companies if they’re hurting consumers and make it harder for companies to merge if it reduces competition.”
The Democrats will fight unfair trade agreements that benefit corporations that outsource while significantly harming American workers, especially in rural areas.
Most importantly, Schumer explains,
Our better deal is not about expanding the government, or moving our party in one direction or another along the political spectrum. Nor is it about tearing down government agencies that work, that effectively protect consumers and promote the health and well-being of the country. It’s about reorienting government to work on behalf of people and families.
That is a message that all patriotic Americans can get behind.