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November 18, 2005

Democrats Read This

-- by Dave Johnson

Matt Stoller has a post up, MyDD :: A Platform for 2006: Dream Big, Democrats. I know some of you "Washington Democrats" are reading here, so if you haven't yet, go read Matt's post.

  • Impeach the Secretary of Defense and all other responsible parties for incompetence and criminal negligence in the prosecution of the war in Iraq
  • A Constitutional Right to Privacy
  • A Higher Minimum Wage
  • Universal Health Care
  • Universal Free University Education
  • National Mass Transit
  • Full Corporate Governance Reform to End Corporate Corruption
  • National Free Internet Access and Copyright Reform
If I had to pick just one addition it would be the Apollo Alliance.
...a moonshot for energy independence and good jobs. A crash program for sustainable energy independence would create three million good jobs, free the nation from imported oil, and promote a healthier environment.
Jobs, energy, environment and strengthening the country. What's not to like? (Remember to join while your at their website.)

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 18, 2005 9:46 AM

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Important additions:

1) Every voting device used in any national, state or local election must be capable of having its accuracy verified solely by appropriate election officials, without intervention from any manufacturers (or their agents). Furthermore, all voting devices must be apportioned to individual precincts according to the number of registered voters in each precinct.

2) The power of politicians, from the president on down, to issue pardons must be removed. This has
become a cancer on our democracy and a Constitutional amendment to halt the practice must be

2) The practice of “lobbying” must be discontinued and attempts to influence legislation by any person
or organization with a direct or indirect financial interest in such legislation must be made a Federal
crime and subject to particularly harsh penalties.

Posted by: Ron Bontsema at November 18, 2005 10:55 AM

I would add ending the war on drugs, starting with the legalization of marijuana.

Prohibition causes more troubles than drugs.

Posted by: Richard at November 18, 2005 12:23 PM

Please note that Richard and richard are not the same drug crazed maniac.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2005 1:36 PM

Abolition of lobbying is of course required, but no democrat will support that.

Most important OF ALL is unambiguous legal declaration that the fourteenth amendment does not apply to corporations, that corporations can in no way be considered as persons for any legal purpose. It is stunning how many problems that would solve directly or indirectly.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2005 1:40 PM

"Please note that Richard and richard are not the same drug crazed maniac."

A drug-induced statement if ever there was one.

Posted by: Dave Johnson [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2005 2:40 PM

It's a start towards a platform, but we've got to dream a lot bigger than this!

Posted by: MJ at November 18, 2005 3:02 PM

If we can't crimminalize lobbying, we CAN demand accountability - full and public. What we have now is not enough.

Posted by: doog [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2005 3:45 PM

It is a start, and we do need to give up the stupid drug war anddo something about the pay to play lobbyists that doesn't impinge on their free speech, but there is another thing we should talk about.

Length of legislation. Do we really need 10,000 page omnibus bills? Who, aside from a random pharmaceutical or chemical company benefits from that?

Iassert that the length and the lingual complexity of the average bill is little more than an attempt to shut average citizens out of the democratic process. I believe that it would be more efficient, cost effective and open to put an upper limit on the length of any and all legislation.

Posted by: grannyinsanity [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 18, 2005 5:32 PM

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