NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) recently said that President Obama and Democratic majorities in Congress were elected in 2008 to get the economy working for middle-class families and made a mistake by assigning extraordinary priority to the Affordable Care Act.
In 2008, most middle-class families had private insurance they liked, but their incomes had been falling for about a decade.
Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks
The ACA was really part of Democrats' agenda to assist the working poor -- raising the minimum wage, and expanding Medicaid, food stamps, the earned-income tax credit and higher education grants -- while cozying up to big business to finance Democratic campaigns.
Schumer wants Democrats to advocate big government programs to cure middle-class woes, and portray Republicans as servants of big corporate interests. He still embraces the ACA as sound policy, even though it made health care more expensive for many middle-class families and enriches Democratic contributors among top executives and shareholders in the health care industries.
That's not surprising: Schumer championed the 2010 Dodd-Frank banking reforms.
Those made compliance with new mortgage and business lending regulations so cumbersome that many regional banks sold out to bigger banks, and lots of decently paying jobs in smaller city banks were lost. In turn, with more deposits to invest, the Wall Street banks keep finding new scams, such as rigging foreign currency markets and speculating in commodities, to keep funding multimillion-dollar bonuses for New York executives and big campaign contributions to Democrats in the Senate and House.
Cozying up to big business while championing the poor and offering lip service to the middle class is what Democrats have done best lately.
President Obama's favorite fund raising venue is the home of Comcast's (CMCSA) CEO, and his administration has rewarded cable providers with little effort to curb abusive rates, which rise faster than inflation.
Now, the Treasury Department has decided telecom companies may count the wires to homes as real estate and qualify for lower corporate taxes. That's the kind of special treatment Obama claims is the primary focus of Republicans lawmakers.
Schumer's calls for big government will help Democrats win back the middle class and Congress. Perhaps with all the staff and privilege a senator enjoys, he has not had to navigate the New York State health insurance exchange, not had his premiums lost and then coverage denied in the ether of federal bureaucracy or waited on the telephone to resolve medical claims.