Sunday, July 6, 2008

MORE OF IT'S NOT WHO YOU VOTE FOR BUT WHAT

Here's more of the Democratic Party Platform:

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON ENVIRONMENT

  • Honor hunting & fishing heritage via more conservation lands. (Jul 2004)
  • Reject choice of healthy economy vs. healthy environment. (Jul 2004)
  • Encourage open space and rail travel. (Aug 2000)
  • We do not have to choose between economy and environment. (Aug 2000)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

  • Family is the center of American life. (Jul 2004)
  • Expand Family and Medical Leave Law; end marriage penalty. (Aug 2000)
  • Improve child-care and fully fund Head Start. (Aug 2000)
  • (CAN YOU SEE SOME BIG-TIME TAX INCREASES HERE?)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON FOREIGN POLICY

  • Commit to "One China" policy but support Taiwan. (Jul 2004)
  • Asia: Enhance relations with Japan, S.Korea, India, Pakistan. (Jul 2004)
  • Bush bullies when he should instead persuade. (Jul 2004)
  • US leadership in Africa for economic & humanitarian goals. (Jul 2004)
  • Community of the Americas for US-Latin American relations. (Jul 2004)
  • Russia: work on nukes, human rights, and democracy. (Jul 2004)
  • End Castro regime, but allow travel. (Jul 2004)
  • Forward Engagement must guide proactive foreign policy. (Aug 2000)
  • Work to close gap between richest and poorest nations. (Aug 2000)
  • Engage China; protest Tibet. (Aug 2000)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON FREE TRADE

  • Knock down barriers to free, fair and balanced trade. (Jul 2004)
  • Review all trade agreements; investigate China rights abuses. (Jul 2004)
  • Free trade with safeguards will benefit all. (Aug 2000)
  • (HAVEN'T WE HAD ENOUGH OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS ALREADY?)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON GOVERNMENT REFORM

  • Line-item veto to root out pork-barrel spending. (Jul 2004)(DOES THIS INCLUDE THE DEMOCRATS????) 
  • Ensure accessible, independently auditable, accurate voting. (Jul 2004) (TO KEEP NON-DEMOCRATS OUT OF OFFICE?)
  • Support McCain-Feingold bill for campaign finance reform. (Aug 2000) (ILLEGAL - THIS RESTRICTS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON GUN CONTROL

  • Reauthorize assault weapons ban, close gun show loophole. (Jul 2004)
  • Strengthen gun control to reduce violence. (Aug 2000)(SUCH LAWS HAVE BEEN A MAJOR FAILURE AND INCREASED GUN VIOLENCE IN STATES WITH STRONG GUN CONTROL LAWS) 

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON HEALTHCARE

  • Bush's Medicare Rx program helps companies more than seniors. (Jul 2004)
  • Expand coverage and cut healthcare costs. (Jul 2004)
  • Every American should have affordable health insurance. (Aug 2000)
  • Addprescription drug benefit to Medicare. (Aug 2000)
  • (MORE TAX INCREASES WHICH MEANS LESS INCOME FOR SENIORS)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON HOMELAND SECURITY

  • We respect and honor our veterans. (Jul 2004)
  • 3 challenges: War on Terror; WMDs, stable world democracy. (Jul 2004)
  • Reform intelligence community internationally and locally. (Jul 2004)
  • Safeguard nuclear material and stop creating new material. (Jul 2004)
  • Add 40,000 new soldiers and keep military all-volunteer. (Jul 2004)
  • Focus on cargo containers and border security. (Jul 2004)
  • Equip military for new threats and missions. (Aug 2000)
  • Encourage military careers with better pay & benefits. (Aug 2000)
  • Prepare military with advanced military and technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Develop limited missile defense system. (Aug 2000) (LIMITED????)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON IMMIGRATION

  • Path for undocumented aliens to earn citizenship. (Jul 2004)
  • Reform the INS; reduce immigrant backlog. (Aug 2000)
  • Protect immigrants from exploitation by employers. (Aug 2000)

Just a few observations of my own here.  FOREIGN POLICY: How can you support a "One China" policy, how can you support Taiwan at the same time?  Red China considers Taiwan part of their country, and would not have any reservations at all about taking it by force.  This has already been threatened recently. The last thing in this category is "Engage China, protest Tibet."  Do they mean militarily engage China?  After the Clinton administration decimated the military with massive funding and personnel cuts, does the DNC actually believe that we could engage a TWO MILLION MAN STANDING ARMY?????  It would be nice to think so, but realistically no. 

HOMELAND SECURITY: Anyone who's watched the mainstream media knows how the Democrats have continuously accused President Bush of lying about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).  Why then, is it listed as one of three challenges??? If they don't exist, WHERE'S THE CHALLENGE?

As I've said before, what candidates say to try to get elected and their party platform are often two different things.  If you're new to my journal, read my previous posts outlining the Democratic party platform and remember, candidates are committed to their particular party platform.  More to come!

2 comments:

lifesabench6 said...

"Reform intelligence community internationally and locally"  This is the one that caught my eye Dirk- Isn't theretalk of Obama having jamie gorelik on his "team"? She's the one that wrote the famous wall of separation between federal agencies such as the FBI and CIA to where they couldn't share info- and in my view was a big contribution of the Clinton years that brought about 9/11.  So again, democrats want to bring America into a pre 9/11 mindset- one where they still refuse to believe there are people of Islamic persuasions who want to kill us and have wmd tehnologies to do so!  Keep up the excellent work Dirk! God Bless and Thank you!  Carolyn

manda2177 said...

My gads you are a smart cookie!  I am just glad I am conservative and can be proud of the issues I think are most important.  You are really 'learning' me on a lot of stuff!!  thank you!

God bless-
Amanda