In 2010 the think tank, 3rd Way, presented advice to the Democratic Leadership Council regarding health care reform. The paper reads more like advice to Republicans than to Democrats. Early on in the paper, they agree broader coverage and lower prices are worthwhile goals, they then shift gears to suggest insurance companies should be “trusted” to make the changes themselves. They go on to make recommendations supporting the status quo, with these two at the top of the list, so that essentially nothing changes:
• An explicit rejection of price controls and rate-setting on medical services and
• A level playing field that preserves and enhances a vibrant and robust private
insurance industry with market-based competition.
On February 7, 2011, Politico reported the DLC would be dissolved. 3rd Way replaced the DLC as an advisor to the Democratic National Committee in 2011. On July 5 of that year, DLC founder Al From announced the historical records of the DLC had been purchased by the Clinton Foundation. Why were these records for sale? Why weren’t they given to the DNC? Why did the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit supporting women’s rights, purchase the DLC records? As the original goal of 3rd Way was to support the Bill and Hillary Clinton political philosophy of behaving like Republicans on fiscal matters, and Democrats on individual freedoms, it is reasonable to assume 3rd Way has access to those records.
In December of 2013, 3rd Way leaders wrote in the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, warning Democrats not to follow Elizabeth Warren and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio “over the populist cliff. Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, has helped galvanize grass roots Democrats against the corruption of Wall Street, and to bring the issue of income inequality to Congress. 3rd Way advised Democrats to cut their support for her.
On October 28, 2015, 3rd Way published a paper titled, “Ready for the New Economy,” which falsely argued,
“the narrative of fairness and inequality has failed to excite voters,” and that “these trends should compel the party to rigorously question the electoral value of today’s populist agenda.”
In 2016, Third Way’s Senior Vice President admitted the majority of their funding comes from Wall Street, much like Hillary Clinton’s. The Democratic think tank relies on money from corporate interests, lobbyists, and Republican donors.
3rd Way does not represent the core values of most Democrats and Progressives. 3rd Way “does” represent the values of the Clintons and other wealthy Democrats, who are liberals until it becomes time to pay their taxes, or do business in an ethical manner. A plutocracy may not be their specific goal, but it will be the end result of their policies and behavior. They are strongly in favor of LGBT rights, and saving the environment, so long as it doesn’t cut into their profits or require paying taxes. 3rd Way does not favor issues like free education, supporting social security, solar and wind energy, or increasing the minimum wage, because that “does” cut into their profits.