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Old 03-15-06, 05:06 PM
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The Democrats' Positive Election Year Agenda

Top Democrats recently said they would be coming up with a postive agenda to run on this year instead of their recent mostly negative agenda. Here's the first one to leak out...

Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
March 15, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - The Republican Party has wondered what's taking Democrats so long to unveil their election-year agenda. Amid press reports that it will happen any day now, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday offered what amounts to a draft version.

Americans who find it hard to make ends meet may like the promises they hear from the Democrats. But the companies that employ such Americans may not like the plan.

In any case, the Republican Party says the Democrats' real agenda involves the censure and possible impeachment of President George W. Bush.

In a speech to the Communications Workers of America on Tuesday, Pelosi mentioned Democrats' opposition to outsourcing. She said Democrats will end tax subsidies for companies that send jobs overseas.

She also said Democrats support the "right of all Americans to organize," a sentiment that goes over well with labor unions such as the CWA.

To protect workers who want to join unions, Pelosi said Democrats are "fighting" to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) in the House and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the Senate. "The bill will guarantee that when a majority of workers in a company want a union, they will get a union," Pelosi said.

Democrats also support an increase in the minimum wage. Pelosi, describing the income of corporate American CEOs as "immoral," used Wal-Mart to make her point:

"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.

Pelosi also mentioned the Democrats' "Innovation Agenda" to maintain America's leadership role in the global economy.

America lags behind other countries that have universal broadband deployment, Pelosi said; but the Democrats' agenda "guarantees" that every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years.

"We also believe that the nationwide deployment of high speed, always-on broadband and Internet and mobile communications will fuel the development of millions of new jobs in the United States," Pelosi said.

Democrats support "energy independence" within ten years; health care for all American within five years; and "dignified retirement" (no privatization of Social Security) through an "AmeriSave" plan.

Have to win first

"In order to make any of these victories, we must have one important victory first -- we have to win in November," Pelosi told the CWA.

"And win we will, because the American people want change," she added. (Pelosi then mentioned the Republican "culture of corruption, cronyism, and incompetence" in Washington.)

Pelosi attacked Republicans for writing a prescription drug bill that has seniors "paying higher prices on drugs at the pharmacy"; she mentioned an energy bill "that gives obscene subsidies to oil companies" that raise prices for consumers; and she mentioned "tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America" who "certainly don't need them." Pelosi also mentioned the high cost of college tuition and the cost of the Iraq war.

"America's working families simply cannot afford George Bush and this Rubber Stamp Congress," Pelosi said.

"Democrats stand for "real security," Pelosi said, including port security. "We must have 100 percent screening of our containers that come into our ports," she said.

She also said real security means giving troops the equipment they need to keep them safe in a war zone.

Impeachment agenda

Democrats have the issues and the strategy, Pelosi told the CWA -- and "we're going to have this unified message that we put out there, making a stance on the issues because there are so many of them." She did not say exactly when that will happen.

According to Pelosi, Democrats are "about the future" and making it "better for the next generation."

But the Republican Party says Democrats are about censure and impeachment.

As Democrats keep promising to introduce their 2006 policy agenda and the date keeps slipping, look what's been happening, the Republican National Committee said on its website:

On Monday, Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, introduced a resolution to censure a sitting president in a time of war - "over a program that is successfully stopping terrorists," the RNC said.

And Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced a resolution that would create a select committee "to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment" of President Bush.

The Conyers resolution, introduced in December, now has 29 Democratic co-sponsors, the RNC said.

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics....20060315b.html
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This sounds like a fantastic idea.
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"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.
This is a joke, right? She really can't see a difference in the commitment level of a person to raise to the rank of CEO than that of someone who decides to just keep working at Walmart as a cart-pusher?

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They should just write legislation that says every worker gets a two week gig as the CEO of the company they work for. End of problem.
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There are members of Congress from each party I like and respect, and there are those from each party I don't. That notwithstanding, I try to always respect the office, if not the individual.

That said, there's very little I like and respect about Nancy Pelosi.

I'd write more, but I'm going to eat dinner and then go to this bar that's just opened up a couple of blocks away.
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"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.
But I thought the Dems weren't the party of socialism/socialist tendancies Or is there some other way of having the Gov't step in and tell people how to run their business and what the various people can make that doesn't qualify/lead down the road?
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But I thought the Dems weren't the party of socialism/socialist tendancies Or is there some other way of having the Gov't step in and tell people.
As opposed to the Republican party - the party of.............................
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And Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced a resolution that would create a select committee "to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment" of President Bush.
I'm not a great fan of Conyers, but isn't that the responsible position for the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee to take?
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Yeah it's great for republicans. It reminds most people that the kooks are in charge of the opposition.
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Repubs are kind of funny. They thought it was the right & proper thing to do to see if Clinton violated his oath of office and look into impeachment if he did.

Why isn't it the right & proper thing to do to see if Bush violated his oath of office and look into impeachment if he did?

BTW: I thought it was the right thing to do with Clinton, and I think it's the right to do now. But of course I'm a little more consistent and less blindly partisan than some our Repub members.

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Originally Posted by classicman2
As opposed to the Republican party - the party of.............................
please continue.

BTW aren't you one of the ones who constantly gets on other people's case about bringing up the "what the other side is doing" as a defense? Leave the Reps out of it (I know you would like too ) and stick to the subject of what Pelosi said and whether or not it is the Gov't place to tell companies how to run things to that level (that a CEO can make X times what the entry level person can, which is most likely how the proposals would be phrased IMHO).
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Repubs are kind of funny. They thought it was the right & proper thing to do to see if Clinton violated his oath of office and look into impeachment if he did.

Why isn't it the right & proper thing to do to see if Bush violated his oath of office and look into impeachment if he did?
Well the Republicans had proof, and the Democrats have theories. I think there's a huge difference there.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Repubs are kind of funny. They thought it was the right & proper thing to do to see if Clinton violated his oath of office and look into impeachment if he did.

Why isn't it the right & proper thing to do to see if Bush violated his oath of office and look into impeachment if he did?
Couldn't have anything to do w/ the fact politicians by nature are political creatures and frequently in this country we see people more willing to support their party (no matter what it is) over the greater good now could it?

Also there are two main issues that I think people are looking for when it comes to the impeachment debate. The first is the war in Iraq, for which we've already had a couple of studies/reports and now there is a new commission looking into it. The second is the wiretap thing which is just now starting it's way through the "process". Again though if the Reps stay in power I'd be very surprised if we see an impeachment attempt (or atleast one that goes anywhere), if they don't I'd be very surprised if we don't. JMO.
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Well the Republicans had proof, and the Democrats have theories. I think there's a huge difference there.
We don't have proof of Bush's domestic spying program?

He admitted it!
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Ending tax breaks for outsourcing and energy independence are winning issues.
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We don't have proof of Bush's domestic spying program?

He admitted it!
We don't currently have proof it violated the Constitution. No matter what all the "talking heads" (either for or against) have to say about the subject I don't think there has been an official determination as to the legality of it yet. When the 9 in black finally make a determination (and I think it really should go to that point but there's some ground work that needs to be covered first) then we can really talk about the legality of it and what sort of consequences there are.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
We don't have proof of Bush's domestic spying program?

He admitted it!
He did admit it. And *most* legal minds believe he violated the Constitution.




BTW, CNSNews.com?
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Ending tax breaks for outsourcing and energy independence are winning issues.
Absolutely
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Originally Posted by nemein
We don't currently have proof it violated the Constitution. No matter what all the "talking heads" (either for or against) have to say about the subject I don't think there has been an official determination as to the legality of it yet. When the 9 in black finally make a determination (and I think it really should go to that point but there's some ground work that needs to be covered first) then we can really talk about the legality of it and what sort of consequences there are.
The Republican Congress REFUSES to allow an investigation. You don't mind waiting years to find out if your President broke the law or even worse, used his new found power to eavesdrop on someone NOT affiliated with terror groups?
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Hey so is free money and universal healthcare but when people find out how much free healthcare is going to cost, they all of a sudden are against it.
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Originally Posted by CRM114
He did admit it. And *most* legal minds believe he violated the Constitution.




BTW, CNSNews.com?
Whether it's legal or not is up to the judiciary committee to decide if what Bush did warrants impeachment. Impeachment is almost exclusively a politcal process - 5% legal process.
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Originally Posted by CRM114
BTW, CNSNews.com?
After all the only news services worth quoting are the Wash Post and the NYTimes right
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Hey so is free money and universal healthcare but when people find out how much free healthcare is going to cost, they all of a sudden are against it.
Like now where the people realize how much this elective war is costing them and their children and their children's children.........
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Like now where the people realize how much this elective war is costing them and their children and their children's children.........
Hardly, most people with common sense realize that defeating terrorists overseas is easier than trying to fight them once they're here.
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Let's give the American people a choice - continue the costly Iraq War or use the money to pay for national health care insurance. I wonder which one they'd select?
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