The Democrats’ proposed economic platform, called A Better Deal, could hold big corporations accountable in a way that will protect American consumers, suggests Chris Sagers of Slate. Large companies merging together allows them to monopolize their industries, which currently happens with far too little oversight. The Better Deal recommends monitoring these companies to ensure that they can’t get an unfair advantage over consumers. In the past, these corporations have taken advantage of far too lenient supervision. Democrats are leading the surge to stop big companies from acquiring too much power.
A Better Deal unveiled by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer is unambitious in its goals and won’t excite voters, infers Darrel Delamaide of Market Watch. It demonstrates that the Democrats have learned very little from their election defeat, by pushing further bland policies. This approach mirrors Hillary Clinton’s tame pragmatism rather than Bernie Sanders’ authentic idealism. Particularly Medicare for all, which is a major advantage over Republicans, is only alluded to, rather than endorsed. The proposed changes are watered-down and won’t fire up supporters. Democrats need to improve their approach if they want to rise up after past failures.