Re: Presidential Election 2008
Democrats favor a higher minimum wage, and more regular increases, in order to assist the working poor.
Minimum wage is an entry level wage not a wage meant to sustain a family. I believe a more appropriate wage would be a schedule based on skills. A factory worker building widgets is likely worth more than a worker at a McDonalds flipping burgers. They should not be working at a wage based on the same minimum wage. The unintended consequence of raising the minimum wage is it proportionately raises the wages of the workers who are above the minimum wage. As has already been pointed out raising the minimum wage also cause employers to cut back on labor. A quick review of the minimum wage in the City of Santa Monica has proven that.
Renewable energy and oil
Democrats have opposed tax cuts and incentives to oil companies, favoring a policy of developing domestic renewable energy, such as Montana's state-supported wind farm and "clean coal" programs as well as setting in place a cap and trade policy in hopesof reducing carbon emissions.
This section is almost laughable. The Democrats have opposed the wind farms off of Ted Kennedyís and John Kerryís beach, prevented nuclear plants, prevented off shore drilling, prevented Alaskan drilling and impeded the construction of new refineries.
Democrats generally support a more progressive tax structure to provide more services and reduce injustice. Currently they have proposed reversing those tax cuts the Bush administration gave to the wealthiest Americans while wishing to keep in place those given to the middle class. Democrats generally support more government spending on social services while spending less on the military.
This all sounds nice but is just another way to take money away from those who have worked hard.
Democrats call for "affordable and quality health care," and many advocate an expansion of government intervention in this area. Many Democrats favor national health insurance or universal health care in a variety of forms to address the rising costs of modern health insurance.
Again who do the Dems think the Government is? As the Government does not have any money they will take my money and your money to give us a Health care system which is blotted in waste.
Democratic belief is that the health of families and the strength of the economy depend on stewardship of the environment. Democrats have promised to fight to strengthen the laws that ensure people have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. They also promise to make sure these laws are enforced. They feel that a sensible energy policy is key to a strong economy, national security, and a clean environment.
The Democratic Party rejects the idea that a healthy economy and a healthy environment is mutually exclusive, because they believe that a cleaner environment means a stronger economy. They protect hunting and fishing heritage by expanding conservation lands. They encourage open space and rail travel to relieve highway and airport congestion and improve air quality and economy, and "believe that communities, environmental interests, and government should work together to protect resources while ensuring the vitality of local economies. Once Americans were led to believe they had to make a choice between the economy and the environment. They now know this is a false choice."
Anyone in a business or industry understands the effect some of the requirements as suggested by environmental groups would have. I believe we all want a clean environment regardless of party affiliation but we have to have a reasonable balance.
Most Democrats have the long term aim of having low-cost, publicly-funded college education with low tuition fees (like in much of Europe) which should be available to every eligible American student, or alternatively, with increasing state funding for student financial aid such as the Pell Grant or college tuition tax deduction.
I donít see a difference in the parties here. Where I do have an issue is the fact that illegal aliens in California pay in State tuition while US citizens from out of State pay a higher tuition.
The Democratic Party supports equal opportunity for all Americans regardless of sex, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, creed, or national origin.
Democrats also strongly support the Americans with Disabilities Act to prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of physical or mental disability.
I donít see a difference between the parties here other than the way they accuse the other side of discriminating.
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