Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Policies Please Democrats

Today Senator John McCain began laying out Policies that he would like to implement. It would be a good idea if the Democratic Candidates, Clinton and Obama took the same initiative and also made major speeches on Policy. Instead of bickering and attacking each other and giving the Republicans ammunition for the General Election, the Democratic hopefuls would do well to outline some major policy changes that will affect the American People.

The longer the bickering continues between the two Candidates the more damage that is being done to the chances of a Democratic win in November. Both Candidates are sitting U.S. Senators, both should be in the Senate offering legislation that will affect change now. Both Candidates have the ability to put forth legislation that will put the Administration on the defensive instead of putting each other on the defensive.

Senators Clinton and Obama should be offering legislation that will extend unemployment benefits, raise the food stamp allowance, allocate funds to rebuilding infrastructure, simplifying the tax code, lowering taxes for those who make under $75 thousand dollars a year, relieve small business of excessive taxes, proposing energy programs, establishing grants to install solar power on all public buildings, any legislation would be welcome.

For a Senator who made over 100 million dollars to call another an elitist is absurd, this will certainly raise the bitterness level among the average American who could never dream of having even a fraction of this income. Does this serve the Democratic Philosophy well?

On April 10, 2008 , Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced a non-binding resolution stating that Senator McCain qualifies as a “natural born Citizen,” as specified in the Constitution and is therefore eligible for the highest office in the land. The resolution was co-sponsored by Obama and Clinton. This seems odd that the Democratic Candidates can agree on this and co-sponsor such nonsense. If Clinton and Obam have time for this, why do they not have time to sponsor legislation that would stop the squandering the Treasury of the U.S., or put us on the path to energy alternatives.

It leaves a person to wonder, what is the most important part of this campaign, offering solutions or winning a popularity contest. Attacks by Democrats should be restricted to Republican Policies, surely the last 7 years have provided enough fodder for any candidate to offer viable, working solutions to the problems that have been created by this Administration.

Democrats should be uniting not dividing. A House divided cannot stand. Democrats should stay focused on 1-2-2009 - George W. Bush's last day in office.

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