Skip to comments.Democrats to roll out action plan - Program on domestic issues part of strategy to retake House
Posted on 06/12/2006 5:56:33 AM PDT by SmithL
Washington -- Democrats will introduce a domestic agenda for the 2006 campaign this week, confident that their opportunity to pick up seats is the best in a generation, yet divided over how much an agenda will matter.
The Democratic program will consist of bread-and-butter priorities: increasing the minimum wage, cutting costs of prescription drugs, reducing interest rates on student loans, rolling back subsidies for oil companies, and pay-as-you-go budgeting, according to party officials.
Party strategists hope the timing will contrast favorably with the Republicans' recent push on social legislation such as constitutional bans on gay marriage and flag burning.
With President Bush and Republicans in political free fall, others in the party believe what Democrats do and say is of far less consequence than the price of gasoline and the daily casualties from Iraq.
Last Tuesday's House special election north of San Diego where Democrat Francine Busby came within 5,000 votes of beating former GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray in a solidly Republican district did not settle the dispute over whether Democrats can win the majority simply by exploiting GOP weaknesses.
Democratic strategists are split among those who believe the party must aggressively show voters that they offer a reasonable alternative and those who warn against providing a target that might rally opponents.
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Someone has to pay for all that "free" and "low cost" stuff.
As Hillary promised, they'll take stuff from us for the common good.
Thanks, but no thanks, Howard.
WHAT domestic issues?
The economy is great, unemployment is low, we have not had any more (?) terrorist attacks in the US. Major ones, anyway.
My domestic issues are to many taxes, too many entitlements, too much gub'mint spending, and too many infiltrators. None of which the Democrat agenda addresses...
"Yes, free everything for everyone! Santa Claus is coming to town..."
Happy days are here again...
This is a referendum on Representative Pelosi. GOP local campaign ads should contain 2 things - a bit on the candidate running for local office, and "just say no to Pelosi" bit, all within 45 seconds.
That's why the rats put a hit on him... He didn't want to play those reindeer games...
They forgot to add repeal of the GCA of 1968. I'm sure it was a simple oversight.
Hey the socialists could promise me that EVERYTHING will be free and I still wouldn't vote for a dem. First as we all know nothing is free second even if it were you have to be alive to enjoy it. I wouldn't trust this modern day demo/socialist party to guard the keg at a teatottlers convention much less our national security.
The way you put it the President's poll ratings and that for Congress should be sky high. What do you think the problem is?
A solidly Republican district with 2 "True Conservatives" 1 Rino AND 1 leftist all competing. And she got the same 45% of the vote John Kerry got in 2004. But don't bother them with facts, they have all ready got their store from the DNC fax machine so reality need not apply.
Only if you are stupid enough to believe polls that sample 38% Dems, 35 % Independents and 27% Republicans. Polls that poll anyone over 18 that answers the phone. Too bad for you Howie Dean Virtual Campiagners, 45-50% of those poll respondents don't vote AND as the last national election showed we are a 51-49 country, not the 38-27 divide of make believe "News Media" polls. But keep squealing your DNC talking points. When you lose in Nov we will be sure to repost them over and over so you can try to explain.
For the future I wish the very best for our Allies the United States of America. Though I fear a political confrontation coming up between the EU and the USA I still have hopes for a century as bright as the past. I hope Mr Bush will loose next years election and wish you all the best, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May their be peace in these strange times. OG d. R. Christian U. Wohlthat Einigkeit, Recht, Freiheit
So you think most people are just thrilled with the way things are going and the reality is that 60% are just loving it? Just those dastardly "skewed polls" are the problem.
Seems your head in the sand will cost us more seats than my willingness to see reality and recognize that the GOP has lost its way. We are lucky the Dems are so inept, otherwise we would be looking at another 40 years in the wilderness.
You willingness to cite polls I did not mention makes me think you may simply be in the fetal position rocking back and forth just saying "it isn't really true", "it isn't really true". Apparently this is what happens when a Bushbot gets his wires crossed.
Your last response was amusing. Can't wait for the next.
Seems like MNJohnnie yanked your chain pretty effectively there.
Here I will do it:
I fear myself being attracted to goats of late. It has grown far worse on a daily basis. I think it is George Bush's fault. Merry Christmas" MNJohnnie.
What a maroon.
What's more you can find my screen name all around Germany. There are probably hundreds who use it of all political stripes. It is merely the first 3 words to the national anthem. Of course I seriously doubt you would have taken the time to have figured that out.
see post 21.
I believe the polls, somewhat. However, what they miss is that whatever I may not like about President Bush, on those same issues, Democrats are even WORSE...
My dissatisfaction with President Bush does NOT translate into support for Democrats.
I'm familiar with the German national anthem. It was your reaction that prompted my response.
oblomov - I didn't send you to that post nor make a comment on the anthem.
Little Ray - I agree with your points.
Seems like the silent LMJohnnie is the only one left out.
Maybe off with the goats.
Yeah, that GWB is toast in 2008!
Don't be silly. I'm worried about Guiliani and McInsane. If they're what the GOP offers for presidential material, I'm skipping that line on the ballot.
'The Democratic program will consist of bread-and-butter priorities: increasing the minimum wage, cutting costs of prescription drugs, reducing interest rates on student loans, rolling back subsidies for oil companies, and pay-as-you-go budgeting, according to party officials. "
Basically, the same agenda they have had for the past 40 years. I will go to war against that any day.
Nice summary of my thoughts about the President - my tinfoil hat must have slipped a little while I was sleeping....
I cannot imagine any of this old trumped up leftist agenda inspiring voters on the fringes, new kid voters, some Independents, richer Dems, and any Red Staters salivating to vote for the DNCers. This is a rehash of the New Deal. New voters will not even know that's what it is. My guess is, that Nov. will actually see a lighter turnout for both parties than is now expected.
What is the problem? The problem is with the media that drives opinion polls rather than reporting the news. Yes, based on ALL the FACTS, the President's poll ratings should be much higher, but the media gives all the attention to the Cindy Sheehans and distorts good economic news as if it were bad news. The people being polled are for the most part ignorant and also too lazy to bother to get the facts.
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