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Strategery 2018: Dems unveil crappy new slogan, plan to promote single-payer

Strategery 2018: Dems unveil crappy new slogan, plan to promote single-payer

Democrats are the best thing Republicans have going for them heading into 2018 midterms.

The lesson Democrats appear to have learned from losing to Donald Trump is that they need to move further to the left.

We see that in the roll-out of a pathetic new slogan focusing on language invoking FDR’s New Deal. As first reported by Jeff Stein at Vox, the slogan is … (I’m embarrassed for the Dems to even have to type it, it’s so bad) …

“A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages”

Stein further notes that the slogan is “the result of months of polling and internal deliberations among the House Democratic caucus.”

Democrat activists/journalists are not loving it:

Yes, really. GQ magazine laments how close it is to Papa John’s slogan, “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.” The Democrats Unveiled a New Slogan and It’s Infuriatingly Stupid:

Congratulations to those of you who reflexively whispered “…Papa John’s” before burying your head in your arms and sobbing quietly.

Many people are making the Papa John’s comparison, as the Free Beacon documents, including this from Newsweek:

But the real inspiration for the slogan and tagline likely isn’t a late-night pizza order. Ezra Levin, co-executive director of liberal grassroots organization the Indivisible Project, pointed out on Twitter that the new slogan appeared to be co-opted from an op-ed written by Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who was Clinton’s running mate in 2016.

As it stands Thursday, the Democrats have yet to actually unveil the slogan and tagline, so it could perhaps change before 2018. But if “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages” does stick around for ’18, there’s no word just yet if the Democrats plan to offer complimentary garlic sauce to every American.

Yes. They. Can.

As the Democrats are rolling out the focus-grouped slogan, they also are signaling a move to the left on healthcare, with many Democrats coming out in favor of single payer. The Atlantic reports, Why So Many Democrats Are Embracing Single-Payer Health Care:

Since losing the White House last year, a growing number of Democrats in Congress have embraced the idea of universal, single-payer health care, setting up an inevitable confrontation between the liberal and centrist wings of the party over its future.

Emboldened by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat, and the Republican effort to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, progressive lawmakers and activists are trying to move single payer into the party mainstream. There are signs the idea is winning traction: For the first time ever, a majority of House Democrats have signed up to support “Medicare for all” single-payer legislation, a threshold crossed in the aftermath of the presidential election. A number of influential Senate Democrats have also expressed support for single payer in the midst of the current Republican health-care push…

Sanders, the most popular figure on the American left, has used his higher post-election profile to advocate for single payer, while progressive firebrand Senator Elizabeth Warren has called single payer “the next step” for the party. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has publicly said that “we should have Medicare for all.” Senator Kamala Harris, frequently buzzed about as a rising star in the party, recently told a crowd in her home state of California that “as a concept, I’m completely in support of single payer,” though she added the caveat: “but we’ve got to work out the details, and the details matter on that.”

Dem Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also went there this morning on ABC News This Week:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., revealed Sunday that Democrats are going to consider supporting the idea of a single-payer healthcare system as they roll out an economic agenda this week.

The New York Democrat told ABC’s “This Week” that while the economic plan will get the attention coming up, they will look at single-payer amid continued chatter from high-profile Democrats about how to attack on the healthcare issue.

“Week after week, month after month, we’re going to roll out specific pieces here that are quite different than the Democratic Party you heard in the past,” Schumer said. “We were too cautious. We were too mamby-pamby.”

“This is sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition … and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar workers. Economics are our strength, and we are going to go at it,” Schumer said before being pressed by host George Stephanopoulos on single-payer specifically.

It’s *almost* like Democrats want Republicans to hold the House and Senate, because single-payer is popular only among Democrats. Who already vote for Democrats.

A recent Pew Survey found:

And then there is the cost. The pro-Democrat Editorial Board of the Washington Post tries to throw some reality on the single-payer mania, Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag:

The single-payer model has some strong advantages. It is much simpler for most people — no more insurance forms or related hassles. Employers would no longer be mixed up in providing health-care benefits, and taxpayers would no longer subsidize that form of private compensation. Government experts could conduct research on treatments and use that information to directly cut costs across the system.

But the government’s price tag would be astonishing. When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed a “Medicare for all” health plan in his presidential campaign, the nonpartisan Urban Institute figured that it would raise government spending by $32 trillion over 10 years, requiring a tax increase so huge that even the democratic socialist Mr. Sanders did not propose anything close to it….

To realize the single-payer dream of coverage for all and big savings, medical industry players, including doctors, would likely have to get paid less and patients would have to accept different standards of access and comfort. There is little evidence most Americans are willing to accept such tradeoffs.

While the 2018 midterms are still over a year away, it seems like Democrats are struggling to come up with a strategy other than hating Trump and Russia Russia Russia.

That’s not enough according to none other than Chuck Schumer in justifying the rollout of the new slogan:

The rollout comes as Democrats continue to struggle to sell a coherent message to voters. In a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 37 percent of Americans said that the party “currently stands for something,” while 52 percent said it “just stands against Trump.” The same poll found that Trump’s overall approval rating has deteriorated to 36 percent — making him the most unpopular president of the modern era at this point in his presidency.

Those findings resonate with party leaders who are still stunned by Trump’s come-from-behind victory last year.

“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in an interview previewing the new plan. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”

Republicans are in disarray. Democrats are the best thing Republicans have going for them heading into 2018 midterms.


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rabid wombat | July 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

It is a race to the bottom to see who retains the title of “The Stupid Party”. At the current position, both seem placed to win. As such, we lose.

    The democrat limousine and corporate-welfare liberals need an underclass to maintain power. The welfare (pardon the pun) of the nation is irrelevant – only the democrat ‘ruling class’ paychecks matter to the democrat party.

    Tragically, the crying boehners of the GOPe have become democrat hacks.

    But then a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum: we fired the GOPe and hired Donald Trump. That was earthquake number one.

    The brilliant Donald Trump is REALLY hitting stride: witness the hiring of Scaramucci – which is earthquake number two.

    Firing Mueller will be a fun.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to | July 24, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Donald J. Trump ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 6h6 hours ago

      After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that “Democrats should blame ourselves,not Russia.”

      Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 6h6 hours ago

      Drain the Swamp should be changed to Drain the Sewer – it’s actually much worse than anyone ever thought, and it begins with the Fake News!

inspectorudy | July 23, 2017 at 11:44 am

One thing that I noticed about public polls is that the “Public” always wants more for less. There seems to be no counter question in the polls as to what would happen if EVERYONE’s taxes were raised by 50% or more. I haven’t seen the questions asked in these polls but if they are like the ones we are all used to then we know they essentially are “Push” polls. Meaning that they have an outcome that they want the poll to show. Is there anyone who would not want single payer if it was as good as the Dems claim? All we have to do is look at all of the other Dems created programs to see how well they are working. Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, federal pensions, US Postoffice, Social Security and all of the smaller programs like obamaphone, food stamps and federal student loans. They are all going broke and the fix is, you guessed it, higher taxes on those who WORK for a living. If I were head of the RNC I would tell any candidate that even thought about running that if they had any leanings toward single payer I would fight them every way I could. Our country cannot afford another Demorat wet dream!

If Demorats want to run on single payer, I will not be the one trying to stop them.

More cow bell!!! Guaranteed winner.

Someone tell me what part of creating sanctuary cities/states supports the whole “better jobs/skills/wages” mantra?

I ask that because, to me, protecting illegal alien criminals would seem to be the very opposit of creating a better deal for American citizens.

I dunno, maybevim just crazy??

    tom swift in reply to mailman. | July 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    When they say “better jobs, better skills, better wages” they’re not saying these things should be for Americans.

    In fact they need to steer clear of that entire concept. The idea that government in Washington should be working for Amercians first and foremost is exclusive Trump territory. He spelled it out explicitly at his Inauguration, and it’s now part of his brand.

    rdmdawg in reply to mailman. | July 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Technically, they never said you they want better jobs, skills, and wages for. If they’re speaking to their base, it *is* the illegals that they want better jobs for, and so sanctuary cities fit in with this.

      4th armored div in reply to rdmdawg. | July 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      and vote as often as you can – a chicken in every pot and pot in every chicken,.

      ID ? we don’ nee’ no stinkin ID !!!!

    Neo in reply to mailman. | July 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    It fits into the meme advanced by our ‘high tech betters’ who have been talking about a guaranteed income for everyone.

    It’s the equivalent of proclaiming that all US banks are giving out free samples.

    If you think the current immigration situation is bad, this is a prescription for the immigration shift of the millenium.

How very Fannie/Freddie-esque.

But seriously, the desire to establish monopolies is likely the cause, and now it’s proposed as the cure. At the very least, it is a suboptimal solution.

That said, the goal is affordable and available medical care, not affordable and available medical insurance, where there does not exist a one-to-one relationship between the former and latter. In proper order, it is market to organically determine price and assure availability, then subsidy.

    4th armored div in reply to n.n. | July 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    when is AMAZON gonna take over this bidsness – dey seem to monopolize/monitize everyting else ….

The DNC also said if the NY Yankees win with 6 runs or more, everyone gets a $5 rebate on any contribution the next day.

Left is the only direction open to ‘Democrats’ at the moment. Their money and activism make it so.

It’s like they are fighting to win their own constituents by bribing them with their own money!

    rabidfox in reply to lonetown. | July 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Our money. They are bribing their constituents with our money. Most of the DNC base doesn’t pay taxes.

Notes to Democrats:
1. Please, stay on message!
2. Please, please nominate Maxine Waters for President!
3. Please, stay on message!

buckeyeminuteman | July 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm

If there was no longer any need for employers to offer insurance benefits, would they then raise wages/salaries. There is a monetary benefit associated with insurance benefits. If not, we’d all be working for less compensation. And undoubtedly income taxes would have to go up to pay for all the “free stuff”. We would all be working for less money and paying more in taxes. Somebody needs to explain this to Dem leaders and get them on the record explaining that to the American people.

Why not the Obama program of free phones, free healthcare, free “Obama money” (see Detroit residents rejoice in 2009). Single payer should be explained to the morons who don’t understand that it is what the VA system is, it’s what the U.K. and Canada has that guarantees long waits and poor care. Bring it on Dem’s. Also, where the heck are the insurance companies as the Dem’s try to legislate them out of existence? Same goes for AMA?

If anything, this REALLY goes to show how unpopular the democrats are, and how they are nothing without effective and corrupt media monopoly masters able to fool the public.

But they fool no more. With the swamp drained, schumer is naked – and it ain’t a pretty sight to behold. Almost as bad as a naked michelle obama.

Don’t anyone get too cocky. I’m old enough to remember when Trump was the best thing the Democrats had going for them.

I can see the new Democrat slogan for 2020: We lied through our teeth on Obamacare, but we are still the ones to trust us for single payer healthcare.

A runner up would be : We screwed up your life so you didn’t have to.

Sharpshooter | July 24, 2017 at 7:41 am

If people thought ObamaCare was going to be expensive an insidiously bad, just wait until everyone (except our political elite) has VA Care.

Even the crackheaded CA legislature rejected it.

Most countries with single-payer also have health care professionals as government employees. Do the Democrats envision this for the USA?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Found the source of the Dems new 2018 campaign slogan!

Betty Botter had some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter–
that would make my batter better.”

So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.