Democrats seem determined to lose to Trump again
This is starting to feel a whole bunch like 2016.
Back then Trump managed to steal the white working-class votes in the Rust Belt states because he talked about bad trade deals and how they cost us whole industries, while the Democrats wouldn't even consider the topic. The Democrats didn't care about the white working class in the Rust Belt states. They took them for granted for 40 years.
Instead of learning from that mistake Democrats have doubled down. They've made an obvious and unmistakable display of rejecting young leftists. They seem to take pleasure in humiliating any leftist voter and mocking their values.
Well guess what? Someone noticed. And that someone is President Trump.
It's no coincidence that Trump has made a flurry of the executive orders that are all targeted at values young leftist voters hold close to their hearts.
While at the same time the Democratic establishment is telling those voters "we don't want you, we don't need you, and we will not represent you, but if we lose it will be your fault."
Trump ordered to continue deferring federal student loan payments through the end of the year with no interest accrued. It's only 3 months, but it's a big deal that the Dems couldn't be bothered with.
Trump signed an executive order to extend enhanced unemployment benefits at a reduced rate of $400 per week. It's mostly unworkable in it's current form, but he gets more credit than Congress.
But the really big ones came yesterday, and these deserve to be talked about.
President Donald Trump on Friday signed four executive orders aimed at lowering the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States in what would make sweeping changes to the prescription drug market in the U.S. if they are finalized.
Industry trade group PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, called them a “reckless distraction” to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"if finalized" is the key phrase, but Big Pharma has big reasons not to like them.
The first order targets high insulin prices, requiring federal community health centers to pass discounts they receive on the drug and EpiPens directly to patients. The president said those providers shouldn’t receive those discounts while charging their patients “massive, full prices.”
The second order would allow states, pharmacies and wholesalers to import drugs from Canada where they typically cost less than in the U.S. In most circumstances, it is illegal to import medications from other countries for personal use, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Those two right there would be HUGE! Earthshaking! But that's not all.
The third order is aimed at preventing “middlemen,” also known as pharmacy benefit managers, from pocketing “gigantic discounts,” Trump said.
Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters on a conference call after the signing ceremony that drug companies currently pay about $150 billion in undisclosed kickbacks to middlemen often in exchange for more favorable insurance coverage for their drugs...
The fourth order, which Trump said he may not need to implement, would allow Medicare to purchase drugs at the same price other countries pay.
In just one day, Trump outflanked the Dems on the left, and could legitimately claim to be the lesser evil...if he was serious about these.
Which he isn't.
But we all know that Biden will never, ever propose these common sense reforms.
Just to add a cherry on top, Trump even virtue signaled to The Left about a pet cause.
Speculation is growing over whether Donald Trump might pardon Edward Snowden after the US president told an interviewer that the exiled former intelligence operative was “not being treated fairly”.
The comments came as the Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican, made a surprising call on Friday for Snowden to receive a presidential pardon.
Before taking office, Trump tweeted at least 45 times denouncing Snowden as a traitor and calling for his execution. So Trump won't do sh*t for Snowden.
But that really isn't the point. Young Leftists are being kicked in the face by the Dems, while Trump is articulating actual leftist policies. He wouldn't be doing this if the Dems hadn't handed Trump this golden opportunity to steal away critical votes.
Trump can't be trusted. He never came through for the white working-class voters in the Rust Belt states. He'll never come through for young leftist voters.
But it is certainly an effective political strategy to throw young leftist voters a bone while the Democratic establishment makes it abundantly clear that progressives will get absolutely nothing from them.