Issues & Insights
C-SPAN screenshot

If This Is The Dems’ ‘Winning’ Message, They Deserve To Lose … Bigly

Democrats have been trying to scare voters for months. A Republican victory, they shout, will mean the rise of semi-fascism! Women will be shackled to their birthing beds! Democracy itself is at stake!

None of it has worked. Despite endless news reports about how Democrats’ chances in the midterms were improving, the needle just isn’t moving.

So, will they try to run on their record of “accomplishment”? Brent Budowsky, a columnist for The Hill, says they should. In a piece headlined: “A closing message for Democrats to win,” he says they just need to ask voters: “Do you want to build on, or reverse, the achievements of Biden and the Democratic Congress?”

What achievements? Budowsky lists them. Democrats, he says:

  • lowered prescription drug costs,
  • created tens of millions of high-wage jobs,
  • made “dramatic” improvements in veterans’ health care,
  • “important” progress to combat gun violence, and
  • “historic” progress climate change,
  • strengthened the Violence Against Women Act,
  • passed the American Rescue Plan,
  • expanded Child Care Tax Credit,
  • and got a bipartisan infrastructure law passed.

Seriously? That’s the list? Most of these are bogus. The rest will just make voters think Democrats are even more out of touch than they imagined. Their top concerns are inflation, the recession, and violent crime, and Democrats want to brag about bigger subsidies for electric cars?

But let’s take Budowsky seriously for a minute, and look at each of these “wins.”

On drug prices, a new analysis finds that wholesale prices for brand-name drugs went up 4.9% in the second quarter. And the alleged drug cost savings from the Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act” are highly uncertain, limited to a small set of prescription drugs, and won’t take effect for years.

Those tens of millions jobs? Those weren’t “created,” they were just filling the millions laid off during the pointless COVID lockdowns. And “high wages”? What a cruel joke. The Heritage Foundation reports that Bidenflation has cut real disposable household income by more than 11%.

Dramatic improvements in veterans’ health care? All Biden did was sweeten the VA benefits package, not improve what it actually delivers. Darin Selnick, a senior adviser for Concerned Veterans for America, reports thatveterans are still in the lurch wanting for care,” and Biden’s supposed improvements “will inevitably make the wait times at the VA longer.”

How about gun violence? Well, let’s see, gun-related deaths hit an all-time high in 2021 and show no sign of slowing down this year. What’s more, the crime wave is being fueled by the defund-police stupidity Biden and his fellow Democrats embraced. By all means, let’s reverse that.

On climate change, if wasting money and distorting the economy is the measure of success, then kudos to the Democrats. But those massive costs won’t make an iota of difference in global temperatures and will only serve to make Americans poorer.

And how does making it easier for biological men who “identify” as women to get placed in women’s prisons and shelters count as “strengthening” the Violence Against Women Act?

As for the American Rescue Plan, all it accomplished was to fuel inflation. COVID is still with us. The economy is in the dumps. And rising prices have stolen back all the money Biden passed out to “rescue” America.

Meanwhile, it was Democrats who couldn’t get the child tax credit expansion renewed as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. And we just learned that the IRS sent $1.1 billion of those child tax credit payments to the wrong people.

The last item on the list, the infrastructure bill, was a boondoggle, but a bipartisan one, which means Republicans aren’t likely to do anything about it should they take control of Congress.

Given what little Democrats have to work with, is it any wonder they keep returning to their scare tactics?

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

We Could Use Your Help

Issues & Insights was founded by seasoned journalists of the IBD Editorials page. Our mission is to provide timely, fact-based reporting and deeply informed analysis on the news of the day -- without fear or favor.

We’re doing this on a voluntary basis because we believe in a free press, and because we aren't afraid to tell the truth, even if it means being targeted by the left. Revenue from ads on the site help, but your support will truly make a difference in keeping our mission going. If you like what you see, feel free to visit our Donations Page by clicking here. And be sure to tell your friends!

You can also subscribe to I&I: It's free!

Just enter your email address below to get started.


I & I Editorial Board

The Issues and Insights Editorial Board has decades of experience in journalism, commentary and public policy.


  • If Democrats hold the House and add to their Senate total, then Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will cast caution into the common sense wastebasket and, with President Joe Biden’s nod, attempt to provide a progressive future for a country with middle-of-the-road political instincts. The pressure on the few Democratic moderates in both legislative chambers will be immense to accelerate the progressive program. This will rend the republic and spur societal incivility. What price victory?

    • The United States does have middle of the road instincts. The Dems have become too far left for most of the liberal Dems.

  • As long as lenin’s “useful idiots” are around, and they have been for CENTURIES, the “dems”, or whatever they call themselves, will continue to be a factor.

    • The Republicans will easily win the House and hopefully the Senate. I hope Republicans can stop Biden’s massive spending bills.

      • Then what.. They win both the senate and the house, but without veto override majorities.

  • Voters, Believe your eyes, not your ears! If all Americans voted based on what they can see: a President with dementia, an open border, quickly rising food , gas, clothing, and car prices, rampant crime, and a steadily increasing homeless disaster, no more than a third would vote Democrat. Sadly 45% of Americans seem to vote on what they hear: bogus promises, bogus claims like the one’s stated in the article, bogus fear mongering that never comes true, and the facile lies of leftest politicians, the social media, and the press. On November 8th vote like your life depends on it!

About Issues & Insights

Issues & Insights is run by the seasoned journalists behind the legendary IBD Editorials page. Our goal is to bring our decades of combined journalism experience to help readers understand the top issues of the day. We’re doing this on a voluntary basis, because we believe the nation needs the kind of cogent, rational, data-driven, fact-based commentary that we can provide. 

We Could Use Your Help

Help us fight for honesty in journalism and against the tyranny of the left. Issues & Insights is published by the editors of what once was Investor's Business Daily's award-winning opinion pages. If you like what you see, leave a donation by clicking on donate button above. You can also set up regular donations if you like. Ad revenue helps, but your support will truly make a difference. (Please note that we are not set up as a charitable organization, so donations aren't tax deductible.) Thank you!
%d bloggers like this: