Schumer Says Middle Class Needs Big Government
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reflected on Democrats’ big losses in the midterm elections. In part, he correctly diagnosed the problem, but then he doubled down on his own ideological suppositions: “[W]hen government failed to deliver on a string of non-economic issues – the rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges and the mishandling of the surge in border crossers, the ineptitude of the VA, the initial handling of the Ebola threat – people lost faith in government’s ability to work, and then blamed the incumbent governing party, the Democrats, creating a Republican wave. Ultimately, the public knows in its gut that a strong and active government is the only way to reverse the middle class decline and help revive the American Dream. Democrats lost in 2014 because the government made mistakes that eroded the electorate’s confidence in its ability to improve the lives of the middle class.” He continued, “[I]n order to win in 2016, Democrats must embrace government, not run away from it.” He’s right that government failure led to Republican wins, but the government is not the “only way” the middle class can advance – Liberty is.
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