In the newest poll following the third Democratic presidential debates, several candidates failed to garner any support.
The candidates who polled at zero percent in the Siena Research Institute poll of New York voters include New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, former Obama administration official Julian Castro, and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio.
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While Booker qualified for the third presidential debate, he failed to do much of anything once he took the stage. O’Rourke, and Castro also qualified and attended the outing, but similarly allowed Democratic frontrunners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren to seize key opportunities on the stage.
Castro stood up to Biden in a moment where he questioned his memory—much to the applause of the crowd—but has failed to gain much traction amid the crowded Democratic field.
O’Rourke jumped into the presidential race shortly after he lost to Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections. Riding the momentum from the loss helped propel the former Texas congressman into the top of the crowded Democratic primary but he has repeatedly failed in his policy pushes.
O’Rourke continues to push radical gun control measures including mandatory buy-backs and even confiscation.
The New York City Mayor may be struggling for other reasons as he is already not popular in his own state, but Business Insider reports de Blasio is pitching a new disastrous “robot-tax.”
From the report:
His “robot-tax” would require “major” companies to seek a permit before installing any technology that might “automate” new jobs.
Looking at the data, the evidence for this sort of replacement of workers with machines is nonexistent. Real output per hour worked is growing, but much, much slower than has historically been the case. That’s true across developed economies too.
Basically, robots are not rapidly replacing workers like de Blasio seems to think. If anything, the economic problem of our times is not too much productivity but not enough.
So, not only is de Blasio pitching a solution for a problem that does not exist, he is unnecessarily burdening businesses that are looking to expand and pay into the economy.
Here’s more on why de Blasio is failing to garner any support, from Business Insider:
On the left, recent developments include the job-guarantee program favored by economists in the modern monetary theory school of thought or the “Freedom Dividend” universal basic income (UBI) proposed by de Blasio’s competitor Andrew Yang.
Centrists might be more attracted to more targeted ideas, like an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit, while the current administration’s efforts to support American workers were probably best represented by the tax cuts for corporations and higher-income households passed at the end of 2017.
If we’re being entirely fair here, de Blasio’s uniquely unnecessary effort to attach costs to capital investment isn’t his only economic-policy proposal. The current New York City mayor has also proposed broader worker protections and a wealth tax, which are more consistent with the redistributive and countercyclical policies that other Democrats have brought forth.
Read more from the Siena poll by clicking here.