With little gusto and virtually no discernible enthusiasm, Democratic congressional leaders have proposed “The Better Deal,” a plan for America’s future. They should have called it “The Banal Deal.” One presumes that in naming this collection of thread-worn policies they were trying to play off President Trump’s “Art of the Deal.”
Or maybe they were trying to take us all back in time to The New Deal. In any case, the title was as trite as the initiatives that appeared beneath it.
The proposal was a collection of failed, unimaginative, “big government knows best” ideas. Its roots are the themes of anger and populist discontent most prominently articulated by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
It seems to escape the notice of the leadership of the Democratic Party that Sanders is not a Democrat. He is a socialist – as is Ms. Warren, although she does not have the integrity to claim that title.
Socialism is not a workable form of government, as was unquestionably proven by the Soviet Union in the last century and Venezuela and Cuba in this century.
It leads to a lower standard of living for all, justified in the name of attacking the few who have succeeded. It is envy politics.
But this inglorious history has not prevented socialism from being embraced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in their quest to find something to justify their party beyond opposition to Trump.
The modern Democratic Party is not the party of Harry Truman or John Kennedy, or even of Bill Clinton.
This is a tired group of people who have allowed themselves to be coopted by charlatans of the left with ideas that have failed miserably whenever they were tried.
To be guided by the purveyors of the radical left is to admit that, as a party, Democrats have abandoned those who believe in the American dream; people who want only to obtain a better life for themselves and their children.
The Better Deal is a self-inflicted wound, an admission that Democrats seem to have no one among them who sees the greater good of America.
This nation needs a Democratic Party that connects with people as they move forward; a party that expresses optimism in our nation’s uniqueness and does not weight it down with failed ideas from other cultures and times.
Right now, it does not have it.
About the Author
Judd Gregg is the former governor and three-time senator from New Hampshire, who served as chairman and ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, and as ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee.