For twenty five years, while Republicans have tried repeatedly to throw middle class America out of the plane, the Democrats have stated vote for us we will at least give you a parachute when we throw you out of the plane. In the government shutdown debt ceiling debacle that just concluded until after the holidays, the only debate was how much to cut not whether spending cuts, privatization, and deregulation were even the right course for America. This is what really ails our democracy.
Make no mistake about it, part of the reason Republicans keep trying to take hostages is because the debate from both sides is always on their terms. Next time the Republicans try to shut down the government to demand cuts to earned benefits like Social Security, Democrats need to respond we agree to no cuts to any programs unless you agree to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% to the Clinton era levels of 39%, and mean it.
Republicans love to demagogue deficits stating we are leaving our children with our debts. The Democrats response should be unless we start creating jobs we may leave them without any debt but they will be unemployed. We need to begin creating real jobs that our children will want to make a career out of not low wage Wal-Mart economics.
When it comes to the global economy, we need to start promoting human rights not corporate rights. We need to support policies that pull working people all over the world up not supporting policies that destroy and devalue the quality of life for our own citizens. When Republicans howl about tax and spend liberals Democrats need to respond we would much rather tax and spend and create a strong middle class than be lie and cheat Republicans and create nothing but dysfunctional animosity for partisan political gains.
When Republicans howl about welfare cheats, Democrats need to respond oh so you are now ready to cut corporate welfare? You are finally ready to make corporate America pay their fair share of the expenses of running our nation. Democrats need to support the right of every working American to join a union, to work in the safest environment possible, and to be paid a fair wage starting with a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage.
We need to put protective tariffs back up to protect the manufacturing base we will be rebuilding. We will trade freely with any nation that respects women's rights, human rights, work place rights, protecting the environment and starting to address global climate change, and promotes free and fair elections. The tariffs will remove the reward for seeking the lowest wage scale possible while avoiding environmental laws and we need to close corporate tax loopholes that enable millions of dollars in corporate profits to be offshored as a tax haven.
Democrats need to stand back up for the rule of law, not the rule of money. We need to push for passage of a Constitutional Amendment that states that corporations are not people. We need to end privatized financing of our national and state elections. Corporations can give to political party's but candidates will be given a certain amount of money and that is all they will be allowed to spend. This will end the pathetic legal bribery that our elections have become. We need to support a two year waiting period for those who leave government service to work in the private sector in their area of government expertise ending the corporate revolving door.
Democrats need to support a GI Bill for coal, oil. and natural gas workers so that they will not be left behind as corporate America would have done to them after they had harvested and turned various places in America into third world extraction colonies. We need to fund clean renewable energy though we may need to buy out gas, coal, and oil companies so that we can transition to clean renewable energy and cut back on carbon emissions and CO2 before we reach the point of environmental no return. We need to support much higher fuel efficiency standards for cars. We don't even require them to attain the fuel efficiency levels of China.
Instead of privatizing schools we need to address generational poverty. This, not teachers and lack of Common Core Curriculum standards is where the failure of public education lies. Educational research has demonstrated this over and over.
One of the things that hopefully has come out of the phony and intentional government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis is that we need two viable political party's that have separate and different views of the world. This provides for real debate and real solutions. We have not had this for a vary long time.