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Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Democrats Stand For

This was an anonymous note from a Capitol Hill staffer in response to the victory of Scott Brown for the Massachusetts Senate seat, narrowing the Democratic margin to 59-41 in the Senate.
Talking Points Memo: "The worst is that I can't help but feel like the main emotion people in the [Democratic] caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done...This is my life and I simply can't answer the fundamental question: "what do Democrats stand for?""
I'm so angry at this note I can't express it. Citizens did not elect Democrats to look for excuses, we wanted things done. And if it's hard to figure out what those things are, then let me remind you why we are Democrats.

We are Democrats because we believe:
1) Everyone should have an opportunity in life.
Thus, we support free public education, universal health insurance, and all of the other crucial building blocks for equal opportunity.

2) Everyone should pay their fair share
Rich folks get rich because the "socialist" government enforces rules that make markets work, builds the infrastructure crucial for market operation. That's why rich folks - who have received greater benefit - should pay more. Warren Buffet should not, as he does, pay a lower effective tax rate than his secretary. He should pay more.

3) The process must be fair
We use government to ensure opportunity and fair shares because it's the only institution that is created by and for the people. We elect it and we don't have to own stock to have a vote.

When we elect a lot of Democrats (like 59 of them in the Senate), it means there's a mandate to create opportunity and fairness by enacting health care reform, disciplining financial "innovators", and transforming America to clean energy to save the planet and our economy.

So dry your tears, get off your ass (pardon the pun) and deliver. You've got 11 months.

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