So this is what makes Neera Tanden such a fascinating figure to people like us, because according to this this D.C. ecosystem, she is a very important person.
In fact, she's a very important person on the left. She's a very important progressive. And yet to us, she is an unhinged person on Twitter. Mm hmm. Yeah.
I mean, you know, her background is interesting. And there is a kind of, I don't know, circular or self sealing aspect to power in D.C., especially in that context, it seems like where if people perceive you as having power and in an like an inside track, they help build you up because they want you to bring them along with them.
These administrations hire a ton of people, like thousands of jobs are filled. And there are a lot of people whose dream is to be in a presidential administration. But then because everyone's building you up, that also makes it the case that you are powerful. You know what I'm saying? Like the perceived power drives, the deference which then drives the power, which then drives the deference in your often in an interesting sort of circle, aside from that kind of house of cards aspect of it.
The reality with Tanden is she came in in the 1990s as a Hillary Clinton like pick where she was Hillary Clinton's aide in the White House. And Hillary Clinton was sort of like the first lady who did policy, you know, like not not just reading to kids and whatever.
And so she she got on that train real early and she was on Hillary's staff when she was a senator. And they, you know, put her in cap like cap was created basically to be the holding pen for the Hillary Clinton administration. And so she was there. And you know what she does more than anything is she she gets money from that Clinton network and she brings it into cap and brings it brings it into other entities.
And, you know, so it's sort of just grab on to Hillary and hold on tight and, you know, get as much money as you can from from them and bring them into your organization. And if you're really good at fundraising and all that kind of stuff, then your significant powerful in that way.
So on some level, Neera Tanden and a lot of the people ACAP, they're just they're just Clinton world people who are waiting for Hillary Clinton to become president and after that did not pan out. Surprisingly, they had to wait four years for Biden to become president. And now this is you know, this is the the cattle call to get a job.
So in this time when, you know, the Democrats were out of power, what did CAPTA what are some of Neren CAP's greatest hits? The stuff that they put out?
You know, they put out a lot of shit, but like, the stuff that came across my radar is, you know, they put out Medicare for America, I think it was called, which was basically like what became the people to judge plan.
Well, it wasn't that wasn't that like Medicare premiums or something like that?
It was like Medicare for our for all who want it. Yeah. Yeah.
I think the the basic gist was, yeah. A public option and the public option was going to compete in all markets. But then also that there would be, you know, like a Medicare Advantage type component where you could get your Medicare through a private insurer in the way that seniors, some seniors do. The point of that which they released, you know, right after Trump one was to you know, they were ready. They were getting ready for Bernie.
Right. I mean, that was the whole point, right, is to have a response to Bernie for the next the next campaign because everyone expected him to run. And they did that over and over again with different topics. So another one was the job guarantee, which, you know, as you may know, I'm not too hot on. But Cap put out a job guarantee plan that was there was no job guarantee aspect to it. It was just like we should hire more employees and, you know, teachers and stuff.
And it's like but they thought, hey, this is a big thing on the left and the Bernie is going to, you know, go with this. And so we need to have something that like a senator can use. Yeah.
So these are you know, these are policy proposals. These are policy three four coming from the DC Democratic establishment at a time when the left is actively agitating for Medicare for all, actively agitate for socialized medicine, agitating to move the party to the left.
So effectively, this is this is the establishment response. And this is this is the thing that we can all kind of glom onto and that, you know, when the when the primaries come, you know, we can sell this to people and we can slap the words, you know, American progress on it.