Preparing For 2020

Grind for March 16th, 2019
“Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.”

– Gustave Flaubert

Final Choice

The Headline

2020 DNC to be held in Milwaukee

The Grind

Democratic leaders announced this week their decision to hold the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The convention will be held from July 13th-16th at the Fiserv Forum about one week before the start of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Milwaukee was selected over runner-up Houston following a labor and wage dispute involving the firefighters’ union and over Miami after logistical concerns.

The Details

Wisconsin is significant to the Dems thanks to Trump’s victory over Hillary in 2016. The final score was 47% to 46%, with voters in Wisconsin choosing a Republican candidate for the first time since 1984.

Trump’s victories in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have been attributed to his rapport with blue-collar voters in the region – a relationship Democrats are hoping to disrupt.

Last year, Democrats in Wisconsin were successful in re-electing Senator Tammy Baldwin and replacing GOP Governor Scott Walker with Democrat Tony Evers.

“The Democratic Party is the party of working people, and Milwaukee is a city of working people,” said DNC Chairman Tom Perez. “We saw this in the last election what we can accomplish when we come together, invest, and fight for working people, and that was proven right here in Wisconsin.”

The GOP will hold its convention in Charlotte, NC from August 24th-27th.

Deja Vu

The Headline

Trump unveils 2020 budget proposal; Democrats furious over spending cuts and border wall request

The Grind

President Trump on Monday released his budget proposal for FY2020.

The $4.7 trillion plan includes significant cuts to environmental programs, transportation, foreign aid, and anti-poverty programs as well as a 5% cut to domestic spending.

“If you want to deal with budget deficits, you’ve got rapid growth, which means keep the tax cuts in place,” explains White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow. “We believe the 3% growth rate of 2018 will continue in 2019 and beyond.”

The budget would boost spending on opioid addiction programs, veterans’ healthcare, and immigration enforcement and would add a user fee on e-cigarettes.

The Details

Trump’s proposal includes $8.6 billion for the border wall – a figure intended to facilitate the construction of 722 miles of wall along the US-Mexico border.

Each mile of border wall costs about $25 million. So far, only 111 miles have been built or are under construction.

“The whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance. We have a crisis down there,” says Kudlow. “I think the president has made that case very effectively.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned the president to expect another shutdown if he continues to demand funding:

“President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get this expensive and ineffective wall,” said Pelosi. “Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again.”

The stakes are even higher this year because the October 1st deadline for the spending deal is also the deadline for lifting the debt limit. Failure to lift the spending caps set in 2011 will trigger dramatic cuts and risk a US government debt default that could damage the global economy.

Democrats have already promised to reject the proposal, which does nothing to address the federal deficit ($900 billion in 2019) or the national debt ($22 trillion).

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