A New Direction for America
Well, the Democats have issued a document, A New Direction for America, that outlines their plan for the future. Let's look at each point in detail....
REAL SECURITY AT HOME AND OVERSEAS
Reclaim American leadership with a tough, smart plan to transform failed Bush Administration policies in Iraq, the Middle East and around the world. Require the Iraqis to take responsibility for their country and begin the phased redeployment of US forces from Iraq in 2006. Double the size of Special Forces to destroy Osama Bin Laden and terrorist networks like al Qaeda. Rebuild a state-of-the-art military capable of projecting power wherever necessary. Implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission proposal to secure Americaâ€™s borders and ports and screen 100% of containers. Fully man, train, and equip our National Guard and our police, firefighters and other first responders. Honor our commitments to our veterans.
That all sounds great. Whither shall we "redeploy" our troops? Afghanistan might be good. We could use a few more troops there. How about back to Korea, where we failed to finish the job 50 years ago, and are now faced with a nut with nukes? Oh, wait, we still have troops in Korea. Why didn't we leave and let the Koreans deal with the problem? Right, we did that in Viet Nam and thousands were slaughtered after we left.
I'd love to secure the borders, but why did the majority of democrats oppose closing the border?
I'd also like to have a state-of-the-art military. The democrats, however, have been trying to eviscerate and emasculate the military since James Earl Carter. Have they changed their position?
I also think we should "fully man, train, and equip our National Guard and our police, firefighters and other first responders." Of course, only one of those, the National Guard, is a Congressional responsibility, but that's OK.
BETTER AMERICAN JOBS - BETTER PAY
Prohibit the Congressional pay raise until the nationâ€™s minimum wage is raised. End tax giveaways that reward companies for moving American jobs overseas.
Tell me again why the Democrats voted against raising the minimum wage last month.
COLLEGE ACCESS FOR ALL
Make college tuition deductible from taxes, permanently. Cut student loan interest rates. Expand Pell Grants.
According to this Census Report, our educational attainment was at an all-time high in 2003 (the last year for which we have data). 27% of adults had obtained at least a bachelor's degree. Still, since I'll have a bunch of kids going to college, I would come out pretty well here. Nonetheless, there doesn't seem to be a crisis.
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE - LOWER GAS PRICES
Free America from dependence on foreign oil and create a cleaner environment with initiatives for energy-efficient technologies and domestic alternatives such as biofuels. End tax giveaways to Big Oil companies and enact tough laws to stop price gouging.
How about lowering the gasoline tax? Those "tax giveaways to Big Oil" trickle down to the consumers. Take them away, and the prices will rise.
If Democrats want to wean us off of foriegn oil, why have they opposed drilling in ANWR, off-shore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and a wind farm off Cape Cod?
Biofuels are a good idea, but they cannot replace oil. There's just not enough farmland, and the inedible parts of the crops are tilled back into the soil to replenish it. We simply cannot take that and make fuel from it, or the ground will go barren.
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE - LIFE-SAVING SCIENCE
Fix the Medicare prescription drug program, putting seniors first by negotiating lower drug prices and ending wasteful giveaways to drug companies and HMOs. Promote stem cell research that offers real hope to millions of American families who suffer from devastating diseases.
Again, those "giveaways to drug companies" allow them to conduct more research or lower their prices. I'm sure when the stem-cell companies are finally turning a profit, they'll be cast as "Big DNA." Still, I don't really favor give-aways to any company.
RETIREMENT SECURITY AND DIGNITY
Stop any plan to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part. Enact real pension reform to protect employeesâ€™ financial security from CEO corruption and mismanagement, including abuse of the bankruptcy laws. Expand personal savings incentives.
Of course, if we privatize Social Security, people will not be dependent on the government. Since people dependent on the government, such as those on Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security, tend to vote Democratic, it is imperative to the Democrats that the elderly stay dependent on the government. Nevermind that FICA taxes will not pay the promised benefits starting in 2017. How do they plan to deal with that?
One major problem with the pension system is that companies were not allowed to contribute extra money in a good year. Why? Because that money was not taxed! Then in bad years, the companies did not have the money to put into the pensions.
Solution #1: Allow companies to put as much money as they want into their pension programs.
Solution #2: Eliminate the corporate income tax. (The consumer just ends up paying for it in higher prices anyway.) Then the government won't care about Solution #1.
"Expand personal savings incentives." They'll do that by raising your taxes. That will give you more incentive to get a tax-deductible savings account. How about this: eliminate the personal income tax, and replace it with a sales tax. Then all savings is tax-deferred.
Well, that's it. The Democrats plan.
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Now that Democrats smell Republican blood in the water, thanks to Mark Foley, they suddenly have a plan for America's future. A New Direction for America(pdf) actually started in January 2006 with their new plan for getting out of Iraq. Read More