As we get closer to 2020, and start to see the direction that the two parties have taken in the run up to those elections, one thing becomes clear: Democrats have a problem. Not only do they seem determined to scare off the moderates with talk of impeachment (as discussed in my previous article), but they have also evolved their policy platforms to scare off even liberal voters, mainstays of their voting bloc for decades.
How are they doing that, you might ask? One must simply look at the fresh, new faces of the Democratic freshman class to see the new and present danger to the party for 2020 and for years after that.
Unless you’ve had your head in the sand for the past few months, you can see who is promulgating this platform evolution: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Ever since her election in 2018, she has been generating a lot of media attention for her and her fellow Democratic Socialists’ policies that have now swallowed the Democrat party, with talk of Medicare for all, free college, and other socialist redistributionist policies.
But all those sound good, right? Who doesn’t want free college?
There’s just one tiny problem with these policies. They cost money, a lot of it— many trillions of dollars.
Her proposed policies would also have disastrous effects on the economies of any nations who implemented them. Massive tax hikes on the lower, middle, and upper classes, runaway inflation of nearly 1 million percent or higher, fleeing businesses and all of the “brain trust” that we rely on to develop new technology and provide jobs, and, in the case of Venezuela most recently, mass starvation.
Make no mistake, the implementation of these policies would likely destabilize world markets irreparably and destroy the U.S economy in the process, leading to rioting and chaos not seen since the days of the Soviet Union. So, given those effects, it’s not too much of a stretch to assume (and hope) that the American people would reject such policies.
They did exactly that in 2018. Most of the so-called progressive candidates that ran in 2018 lost, like Andrew Gillum and Beto O’ Rourke.
But, as 2019 approached, the Democrats did not abandon these platforms— despite their likelihood of failure. In the last month alone, the Democrats have pushed for a 70% income tax rate on the wealthy, despite them already paying 58.8% of income taxes in 2018 and kept the shutdown of the government going in pursuit of a radical open borders policy.
Frankly, the Democrats have gone from a moderate party that shared bipartisan ground with the Republicans to a wildly left-leaning house of horrors that seeks to turn the United States into a Venezuela-like socialist state. The voters rejected these policies, but the Democrats have doubled down on them, which will surely lead not only to the alienation of key moderate voters, but also much of their slightly left of center base.
If the Republicans can successfully draw some of these voters to their side, they stand to win in 2020 and can keep winning until the Democrats come back to the center.
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