Is there anyone in America who is waiting for Donald Trump to deliver his analysis of Democratic politics? His positions could not be more predictable and preposterous. In his view everything that Democrats and President Biden does is “disgraceful” and “disastrous” and is leading to the “total destruction” of the country and the world. And the pretty much exhausts his vocabulary.
Never mind that Trump never has any facts to support his knee-jerk condemnation. Why would he, when the only thing he’s interested in is fomenting irrational hatred and dividing the American people? Trump is literally the last person that any sane observer would ask about Democrats. But that doesn’t stop him from giving his utterly worthless opinion anyway. In a tweet (posted by his Twitter ban defying spokes-shill), Trump actually gave some back-handed praise to moderate Democrats saying that…
“It’s wonderful to see the moderate Democrats take such total advantage of the ultra Liberal Progressives in the House. They promised the Progressives everything and are giving them nothing. No wonder AOC +3 are so angry!”
In Trump’s shrunken brain he sees a broad-based coalition in a political party as a fatal flaw. In his Republican Party everyone goosesteps to the tune of Dear Leader. Indeed, with respect to the Build Back Better legislation, Democrats have had to struggle to find a consensus among their diverse members. But Trump’s assessment of this process is an affirmation of his authoritarian aspirations. He can’t comprehend that free people can have different views.
What’s more, Trump is 100% wrong – which shouldn’t surprise anybody. First of all, moderates never “promised the progressives everything,” and they surely didn’t give them nothing. In fact, the chair of Democratic Progressive Caucus in the House, Pramila Jayapal, said that “the reality is that we have 50 votes that we need to get in the Senate [and that] out of something like nine priorities, we got seven or eight of them.”
In other words, the vast majority of the progressive’s priorities were agreed to. And if you need further evidence of that, take a look at what’s actually in the bill that will be voted on in the coming week. It states that it will…
- …expand access to free preschool for more than 6 million children.
- …provide that middle-class families pay no more than 7 percent of their income on child care and will help states expand access to high-quality, affordable child care to about 20 million children.
- …improve Medicaid coverage for home care services for seniors and people with disabilities.
- …provide monthly payments to the parents of nearly 90 percent of American children.
- …save the average American family hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs. These measures include enhancement and expansion of existing home energy and efficiency tax credits.
- …cut the cost of installing rooftop solar for a home by around 30 percent.
- …lower the cost of an electric vehicle that is made in America with American materials and union labor by $12,500 for a middle-class family.
- …help rural communities tap into the clean energy opportunity through targeted grants and loans through the Department of Agriculture.
- …target incentives to grow domestic supply chains in solar, wind, and other critical industries.
- …fund port electrification; facilitate the deployment of cleaner transit, buses, and trucks; and support critical community capacity building.
- …create a new Civilian Climate Corps – with over 300,000 members that look like America.
- …provide resources to farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners, supporting their efforts to reduce emissions.
- …reduce premiums for more than 9 million Americans who buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
- …deliver health care coverage through Affordable Care Act premium tax credits to up to 4 million uninsured people in states that have locked them out of Medicaid.
- …expand Medicare coverage to cover hearing coverage.
- …enable the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of more than 1 million affordable homes, boosting housing supply and reducing price pressures for renters and homeowners.
- …make a historic investment in rental assistance, expanding vouchers to hundreds of thousands of additional families.
- …create more equitable communities, through investing in community-led redevelopments projects in historically under-resourced neighborhoods.
- …extend the American Rescue Plan’s tripling of the credit for childless workers, benefiting 17 million low-wage workers, many of whom are essential workers.
- …make education beyond high school – including training for high-paying jobs available now – more affordable.
- …make historic investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to build capacity.
- …expand free school meals to 8.7 million children during the school year and provide a $65 per child per month benefit to the families of 29 million children.
And if that weren’t enough, these programs are being fully paid for “with savings from repealing the Trump Administration’s rebate rule, [and] by asking more from the very largest corporations and the wealthiest Americans.” The bill will…
- …impose a 15% minimum tax on the corporate profits of large corporations with over $1 billion in profits.
- …include a 1% surcharge on corporate stock buybacks, which corporate executives too often use to enrich themselves.
- …adopt a 15% minimum tax on foreign profits of U.S. corporations, so that they can no longer claim huge tax benefits by shifting profits and jobs abroad.
- …create a fairer tax system – a tax system that requires the wealthy to finally pay their fair share and rewards work, not wealth – by hiring enforcement agents who are trained to pursue wealthy evaders.
Is this everything that progressives wanted when negotiations began? Of course not. But it is still a historic achievement that provides more benefits for poor and middle-class Americans than even FDR’s New Deal did. And it restores some fairness to the tax laws that were grossly skewed in favor of corporations and billionaires during the Trump travesty.
Furthermore, there is nothing stopping Democrats from restoring items that were removed, such as paid family leave, free community college, dental and vision coverage for Medicare, and lower prescription drug prices. In fact, there is already talk of reintroducing some of those benefits in separate legislation. The only thing needed to complete the job is more Democrats in the House and Senate. And the opportunity to do that is coming soon.
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