[Ed. – More power to you, Schumes. Keep it up.]
The argument [Schumer] will outline in a speech at the National Press Club is, in essence, an espousal of the big-government philosophy scorned by so many conservatives. Mr. Schumer will say it is the only thing that will save the Democratic Party in 2016.
“Democrats must embrace government. It’s what we believe in; it’s what unites our party; and, most importantly, it’s the only thing that’s going to get the middle class going again,” Mr. Schumer will say, according to his prepared remarks.
Republicans have successfully portrayed government as the source of the country’s ills, he argues, and Democrats need to aggressively counter that sentiment before it sets in too deeply.
“If people don’t believe government can deliver, they’ll follow the Republican path,” he will say. “That leaves the job to Democrats. If we run away from government, the negative misperceptions about it will take root, and even if people support our ideas, they won’t believe government can deliver.”
“We must convince the middle class that the only way out of their morass is by embracing a strong and effective government, not demeaning it or running from it,” he will add.