Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Democrats pledge 'better deal' for workers in shift to populist platform

And now for something this blogger has been saying since Bill Clinton was president,

Lauren Gambino in Berryville, Virginia Monday 24 July 2017 18.28 EDT Last modified on Monday 24 July 2017 20.26 EDT Wrapping themselves in the tradition of Franklin D Roosevelt, Democrats promised American workers a “better deal” on Monday as part of a new populist economic agenda adopted nine months after a demoralizing election that delivered Donald Trump to the White House and handed control of Congress to Republicans. Democratic leaders retreated from Washington for the afternoon to Berryville, Virginia, a bucolic town in the Shenandoah Valley 70 miles west of the Capitol Hill, where they unveiled their populist platform, packaged under the slogan: “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future”. Kamala Harris: young, black, female – and the Democrats’ best bet for 2020? Read more “Democrats have too often hesitated from directly and unflinchingly taking on misguided policies that got us here,” Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said during remarks at Rose Hill park off of Main Street. “Too many Americans don’t know what we stand for. Not after today.” Locked out of power in Washington, Democrats have struggled to settle on an economic message in the months since Trump’s inauguration. Schumer conceded that Trump’s message of economic populism resonated with voters in 2016, but argued that the president had failed to live up to his promise to be the “greatest jobs president that God ever created”.

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