Any "progressive" Dem who tweets about $15 min wage or Medicare for All but doesn't force a vote on it is just as much an enemy of the working class as Nancy Pelosi, Joe Manchin and the Republicans are.— Prof Zenkus (@anthonyzenkus) April 1, 2021
Time to tear this two-party system down to the ground. Forever.
Time to destroy the Democratic Party before it destroys us.— Prof Zenkus (@anthonyzenkus) April 1, 2021
It is really 0 out of 10 now.
- No $2,000 checks and the eligibility level was cut
- No $50,000 in student loan debt relief
- No $15 minimum wage
- No public option in health care
- No wealth tax
- No raising the capital gains tax
- No getting rid of the carried interest loophole
- No raising the corporate tax rate back to the pre-Trump level
- No raising taxes on most Red Dog upper middle class suburbanites (only +$400,000 level households now)
- Almost certainly getting rid of the SALT deduction cap to pass infrastructure
The PRO Act isn’t officially dead yet.
The Democratic House has passed a bunch of things which are going nowhere in a 50/50 Senate.
This isn’t to say that everything is bad. $1,400 checks was better than nothing. The temporary child tax credit is better than nothing. There will be a lot of good coming out of Joe’s infrastructure plan because when you spend $2 trillion dollars you can’t help but improve … something.
It is difficult to escape the overall impression though that this is just neoliberals spending a bunch of money with abandon to try to buy political support. They aren’t really doing anything except driving the national debt way up and trying to get through the next election cycle. The $1,400 stimulus and the child tax credit are only temporary programs. They aren’t willing to pay for this by making real structural changes like taxing Wall Street and their upper middle class base in the wealthy suburbs. They aren’t even talking about getting rid of the Trump tax cuts. They want to get rid of the SALT deduction cap.
What about trade, regulation and immigration? What is happening on those fronts? There is talk of TPP coming back. The border is already a disaster. There is no effort to regulate Wall Street or any serious effort to break up and regulate Big Tech much less to go after all of these other monopolies.
Imagine looking at this from a “far right” perspective.
This is what the Democrats are not doing. They’ve done “trans women” in women’s sports though. They’ve raised gas prices by killing the Keystone Pipeline and have Pete Buttigieg talking about a mileage tax on national television. They’ve done “racial equity” in all areas of government. They’ve effectively abolished the border. They’re talking about DHS putting us on an FBI No Fly list for “domestic extremism.” They’re banning tough White guys from the military and replacing them with trans girls.