Even the name of the Democrats’ plan is ripped off from Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote an op-ed in the New York Times that outlined the Democrats’ “A Better Deal for American Workers,” a plan that is supposed to show the American people that Democrats have a clear message something many Americans thought the party lacked during the 2016 election.
However, on closer examination, “A Better Deal” sounds a lot like the failed message that Hillary Clinton ran on in 2016.
“American families deserve a better deal so that this country works for everyone again, not just the elites and special interests,” Schumer wrote in his op-ed.
“That’s what it means to have an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That’s the mission. And I’m asking all of you to join me in it.” Clinton said during a speech on June 22, 2016.
Schumer goes on to write:
“There used to be a basic bargain in this country that if you worked hard and played by the rules, you could own a home, afford a car, put your kids through college and take a modest vacation every year while putting enough away for a comfortable retirement. In the second half of the 20th century, millions of Americans achieved this solid middle-class lifestyle. I should know — I grew up in that America.”
That sounds very similar to what Clinton said on June 22, 2016, in a speech attacking Donald Trump:
Now, briefly about these five points. Let’s start with jobs. Every American willing to work hard should be able to find a job that pays enough to support a family.
And I know we can do this, because I’ve seen it in the past. You know, I remember when I was growing up, and America had come out of the upheaval of depression and World War, our leaders worked together to invest in a new foundation of American power and prosperity, highways to connect up our entire nation, college, and housing for returning veterans and their families, unprecedented scientific research.
And it worked. We built the greatest middle class the world has ever known.
Schumer’s op-ed continues:
Today’s working Americans and the young are justified in having greater doubts about the future than any generation since the Depression. Americans believe they’re getting a raw deal from both the economic and political systems in our country. And they are right. The wealthiest special interests can spend an unlimited, undisclosed amount of money to influence elections and protect their special deals in Washington. As a result, our system favors short-term gains for shareholders instead of long-term benefits for workers.
Despite the progress we’ve made in coming back from the Great Recession, we face a set of core challenges to building an economy that works for everyone—including a political system that is doing too little to help working Americans, an economic system that encourages too many corporations to favor short-term profits over long-term investments, and outdated workplace policies that aren’t meeting the needs of modern families.
Schumer outlines how Democrats are going to stop prescription drug price gouging:
Right now, there is nothing to stop vulture capitalists from egregiously raising the price of lifesaving drugs without justification. We’re going to fight for rules to stop prescription drug price gouging and demand that drug companies justify price increases to the public. And we’re going to push for empowering Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for older Americans.
Clinton again proposed the same measure during her 2016 campaign:
For years, Hillary Clinton has made the case that Americans should get the value they deserve for the billions of dollars in support they provide through federal investment in basic research and incentives for R&D. Drug companies should not be allowed to reap excessive profits or spend unreasonable amounts on marketing if they want to receive support that is designed to encourage life-saving and health-improving treatments. Clinton’s proposal would require pharmaceutical companies that benefit from federal support to invest a sufficient amount of their revenue in R&D, and if they do not meet targets, boost their investment or pay rebates to support basic research. If elected President, she will convene business leaders, experts on drug pricing, and consumer advocates to set new parameters for federal support in order to ensure this requirement. The basic principle is based on a provision of the Affordable Care Act that required insurance companies to pay rebates to consumers if their profits and administrative costs were an excessive share of benefits actually paid out to consumers.
The Democrats’ “A Better Deal” will also tackle antitrust laws, Schumer wrote in the Times:
Right now our antitrust laws are designed to allow huge corporations to merge, padding the pockets of investors but sending costs skyrocketing for everything from cable bills and airline tickets to food and health care. We are going to fight to allow regulators to break up big companies if they’re hurting consumers and to make it harder for companies to merge if it reduces competition.
Announcing a new commitment to promote competition, address excessive concentration and the abuse of economic power, and reinvigorating antitrust laws and enforcement: Clinton believes that a vibrant and fair economy depends on laws that protect free and fair competition to strengthen entrepreneurship and innovation, prevent consumer harm, and ensure workers are not exploited — just as Republican and Democratic Presidents alike have pursued and promoted fair competition. As President, she will work to promote competition and take on abuses of market power, by taking action through government at every level, and rewarding innovationand entrepreneurshipin the private sector.
“We propose giving employers, particularly small businesses, a large tax credit to train workers for unfilled jobs. This will have particular resonance in smaller cities and rural areas, which have experienced an exodus of young people who aren’t trained for the jobs in those areas,” Schumer’s op-ed concludes.
Again, this sounds quite similar to Clinton’s campaign website:
“Hillary is calling for a tax credit for businesses that hire apprentices, providing much needed on-the-job training—especially for young Americans.”
“Her plan would put forward a tax credit for businesses of $1,500 per apprentice and would insist on accountability for employment and earnings outcomes for programs receiving the credit. Hillary’s plan will also grant a bonus on that tax credit to businesses for providing opportunities specifically for young people.”
Even the name of the Democrats’ plan, “A Better Deal,” is ripped from Hillary Clinton’s first campaign event where she promised, “a better deal” for middle-class Americans.
So while Democrats tout their “Better Deal” as a new message, some may argue it’s the same failed message that they ran on in 2016, just repackaged in 2017.
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