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A Shaky Agenda for the Left

A tough race looms for Senate Democrats at midterms
A tough race looms for Senate Democrats at midterms
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Former Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has teamed up with a new political advocacy group to argue that swing voters will not respond favorably to Senate Democrats' economic inequality agenda. This is likely why certain centrist Democrats with daunting midterm campaign battles ahead have distanced themslves from the liberal’s agenda items.

The group–Each American Dream–with a one million dollar starter budget has conducted a poll that indicated approximately two-thirds of American swing voters believe that creating jobs and expanding businesses are the top two strategies regarding a solution for economic inequality, as they seem to believe that equalizing income is an issue that the American government must solve. The poll also uncovered the fact that almost the same percentage of individuals surveyed believed that raising minimum wage will do little or nothing to equalize income. Fifty-nine percent of swing voters also listed welfare reform as a major factor in this endeavor.

The survey of over 1100 voters across the country was completed at the beginning of 2014 by a prominent GOP pollster, Frank Luntz. It has been shared with both Democratic and Republican congressional offices. The honorary chairman of these endeavors, John Kyle, stated that educating policymakers about the benefits of wealth creation was the goal of the survey.

Although Charles Schumer, Senate Democratic Policy Chairman (D-NY) has made a concentrated effort to rally liberals around the populist economic agenda focused on minimum wage hikes, Kyl is quietly conversing with moderate senators about protecting high income earners and employers' interests. He states that although Democrats, including Schumer, do not publicly acknowledge his arguments, they are a generally receptive to what he has to say.

The Luntz survey also indicated that approximately 45 percent of those registered to vote agree that there has been a decline in personal responsibility and individual work ethic, and cite both as contributors to poverty. A mere 15 percent cited education inequality, and less than five percent stated that they thought more government programs was the solution.

In addition, Jon Kyl stated that Chuck Schumer is highly aware of the fact that wealth creation plays a vital role in a thriving economy. Schumer joined Harry Reid and other far left liberal leaders in rolling out their 2014 midterms agenda: "A Fair Shot for Everyone.”

The agenda includes the Paycheck Fairness Act, a minimum wage boost, a plan–although somewhat vague–to improve college affordability, and of course, the proverbial tax hike for the wealthy. Kyl stated that contrary to Democratic leaders' promises, those proposals would only slightly impact the overall economy. Moderate Democrats facing a tremendous challenge at this year's midterms have yet to endorse their leadership’s agenda.

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) stated that the aforementioned agenda will not necessarily be the focus of his campaign and another very vulnerable Democrat up for reelection this year, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has also shown serious reluctance to stand behind the wage hike. Jon Kyl anticipates that his former Republican colleagues will challenge the liberals' inequality platform more directly in coming months.