Sunday, March 5, 2017

The problem for Democrats

In President Trump's address to Congress were several lines that could have been written by President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, or other liberal Democrats:

"with the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams."

"I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: To improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation's security, and to restore respect for our laws. If we are guided by the well-being of American citizens, then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades."

"Tonight I am also calling on this Congress to [enact] reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better healthcare."

"expand treatment for those who have become so badly addicted."

"I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with us ... Here are the principles that should guide Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans. First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the health care exchanges."

"My administration wants to work with members of both parties to make child care accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents — that they have paid family leave."

"To invest in women's health, and to promote clean air and clean water, and to rebuild ... our infrastructure."

"Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community, to attend a great school, and to have access to a high-paying job."

The question, then, is whether the Democrats will support and work with the President to achieve these goals. It is truly a Hobson's Choice for them: if they do, they will be helping him to have a successful presidency and possibly win re-election. And if they do not, they risk being accused of not really caring about these issues.

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