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Sun Dec 22, 2013, 12:53 PM

Schumer sees job creation and middle-class income growth as defining issues for 2014

Source: NBC

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate leadership, said Sunday that “the number one issue in the 2014 election is not going to be Obamacare or the deficit. It is going to be who can get the middle class going again, who can expand middle-class incomes, who can create jobs.”

Schumer’s comment on NBC’s Meet the Press was in the same vein as his argument last week that “job creation, (an increase in the) minimum wage, and unemployment insurance” will be the dominant issues for voters in 2014 elections.

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The New York Democrat contended last week that “the tectonic plates of our politics are changing, because the decline of middle-class incomes and the difficulty in average people getting good-paying jobs has overtaken the deficit as the number-one problem facing our political economy today.”

Schumer said that early in the New Year Senate Democrats will push an extension of an emergency unemployment benefits program that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2008. Schumer described that issue as a wedge that will divide Republicans in what he portrayed as “the fight between the hard right and the mainstream conservatives in the Republican Party.”


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I am sure the MSM will come up with some Third Way types who will argue that Democrats need to tack right and avoid issues such income inequality and relief for the middle class.

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Reply Schumer sees job creation and middle-class income growth as defining issues for 2014 (Original post)
TomCADem Dec 2013 OP
valerief Dec 2013 #1
boomersense Dec 2013 #5
MannyGoldstein Dec 2013 #2
adirondacker Dec 2013 #9
woo me with science Dec 2013 #3
Skittles Dec 2013 #12
radhika Dec 2013 #4
BlueDemKev Dec 2013 #6
Wounded Bear Dec 2013 #7
FairWinds Dec 2013 #8
JackRiddler Dec 2013 #11
JackRiddler Dec 2013 #10
sendero Dec 2013 #13

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 01:05 PM

1. For what country? Surely, not the U.S. We've been abandoned big time. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 01:51 PM

5. You got that right. And there is more. We will learn

 

that next year big time.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 01:18 PM

2. Says The Senator From Wall Street

 

After fighting tooth and nail to preserve the 15% tax rate on hedge fund bankers.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 11:01 PM

9. I had that same thought bubble appear! Schumer's been part of the problem for quite some time. nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 01:24 PM

3. Pandering liar.

Yeah, it's election season again.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 23, 2013, 01:40 AM

12. CORRECT

he's a corporate-sniffing asshole

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 01:43 PM

4. They say this every year ... no longer amusing. n/t

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 02:09 PM

6. I can only pray that Schumer is correct.

Regardless, we must fight tooth and nail to make certain the Democrats keep the Senate in the 2014 midterms.

NO STAYING HOME ON ELECTION DAY.

Remember 2010? NEVER AGAIN!!!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 02:33 PM

7. That's what the Repubs ran on in '10...

I have hope that Dems will keep the promise better than Repubs, but

They need to leverage some of this through in '14. Put pressure on the do nothing R's.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 02:39 PM

8. I sort of had the distinct impression . .

 

that Schumer's big issue for next year is
going to war with Iran.

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Response to FairWinds (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 11:41 PM

11. No, that's his perennial.

 

He also gets to pick an annual. He's a special guy.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Dec 22, 2013, 11:40 PM

10. With the failure to impose real financial regulation...

 

... and with the imposition of austerity, especially on the state level... and the continued mal-investment generally, the utter failure to address the need to transform energy, transport, waste and food systems...

He better just hope QE and the rest of the patchwork monetary measures will hold the Wall Street beast together and it doesn't crash again and put us back in the depression before November.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Dec 23, 2013, 08:11 AM

13. Was he smirking when he said it?

Because only the stupidest of the stupid believe him, or anyone spouting that pablum, any more.

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