Yacht on Republican and Democratic Agendas

Democrats must vote and make every effort to encourage others to vote and defeat the implementation of these policies. A free United States based on equity and equal opportunity are at stake.
The Republican agenda:
  • Protect the wealthy and corporations from equitable taxes; protect corporations ability to pay exorbitant salaries to executives at the expense of workers compensation and critical benefits; attack needed regulations for banks, businesses and the environment; battle minimum wage increases; support the top 1% of the wealthy who have 40% of the nation’s wealth.
  • Attack Social Security and Medicare; undermine efforts for universal health insurance; deny global warming; undercut public education; bring religion into politics; undermine any effort for sensible immigration reform; advocate anti-Muslim ranting. Encourage isolation from the world economy. Defending the Super PACs, corporations are people, and Citizen’s United.
  • Support any war that is good for big business; fight emission regulations; thwart resources that could address community needs for bridges, roads, and other critical repairs; have a scorched earth policy toward human services; reject any Obama policy and become the party of “NO”; shut down government; overt voter blocking tactics.  A continued campaign of misinformation.
  • Block efforts for student loan relief and free education through community colleges; continue to break down civil service employment; slash government jobs; privatize government agencies to political friends of the Party; play to fears and protect a white Christian America; reject America as a pluralistic society.
  • Block efforts to mandate paid maternity leave for expectant moms; remain homophobic; evangelists and tea party supporters are now in charge of the R agenda; moderates represent 25% of the R party. Battle any effort for sensible gun regulation.
  • Stand against women’s right to chose and undercut maternal and child health resources for poor women; block bills to assist veterans; look backward not forward; undermine investments in transportation, science, education and much more.
Conclusion: There is a need to find the most cost efficient ways to provide human services, healthcare, education, and infrastructure needs; the Republicans have yet to offer solutions or sensible fixes to current policy. They argue for no policy.  This agenda must never be implemented.
The Democratic Agenda:
  • Support sensible regulation with accountability for banks, businesses, Wall Street, and corporations.  Appropriate tax liability for the wealthy individuals and corporations. The reduction of the income gap between workers and administrators.  Currently the top 1% possesses 40% of the nation’s wealth.
  • Ending the influence of multi-million dollar political donations bending Government policy to protect big business and the wealthy.
  • Inclusive not exclusive regarding, race, gender, religion, and ethnicity. We must move forward together not selectively. America is a pluralistic society.
  • Increase the minimum wage to a livable wage.  The states that have done this have seen job growth, a better economy, and a reduced misery index.  There have been no negative repercussions from raising the minimum wage. It is good for business, increases consumer spending, and improves the community’s quality of life. Call for tough consumer protection enforcement.
  • Advocates of a woman’s right to choose and health services including contraception for needy women. Fierce supporters of Planned Parenthood.
  • Support Medicare and Social Security expansion.  Protect unions as well as private and public retirement funds.
  • Advocate for equal pay for equal work and promoting job equity, marital and societal rights for the transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay community.
  • The acceptance of the redefined family focusing on services to reduce the proportion of impoverished single mothers through fully subsidized education and training, daycare and preschool opportunities.
  • Support adequate funding, staffing, and facilities for public secular education and student loan relief. Tax paid education in Public Colleges and Universities.
  • Support human service safety nets and universal health care to improve the quality of life in communities. Those states accepting Obamacare have seen uninsured health rates as low as 3.3% (Massachusetts) as opposed to rates as high as 19% (Texas) in those states that have refused to accept expansion money. All over 65 are insured through Medicare.
  • Advocating adequate resources for veterans, child health and the elderly.
  • Accept scientific concerns about climate change and the negative impact of fossil fuels.
  • Pursues sensible gun regulation and a narrower interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
  • Supports the protection of State and National Parks and other natural resources..
  • Promote job growth through investments and expansion not austerity and the contraction of jobs.  Austerity has never worked to improve the consumer class and reduce poverty.
  • Advocate Government’s role in sensible regulation and appropriate government programs with adequate staffing. Government employees should at the lowest level receive a living wage adjusted minimally to the annual cost of living index.  This should set the standard for the private sector.
Ending the practice of part time work to avoid crucial benefits for working families.
These policies are bottom up and focus on population needs first and foremost.  The goals include strengthening the middle class, social justice, and the equitable distribution of wealth.
Marc Yacht, MD, MPH
Columnist
Volunteer CARES free senior clinic
Retired Director, Pasco County Health Department (2007)
Former Editor in Chief, Florida Medical Association Magazine
Former President, Florida Association of County Health Officials
Former President, Florida Public Health Association
Former President, Public Health Specialty Group, Florida Medical Association
Former President, Pasco County Medical Society
Former Senior Editor, Florida Journal of Public Health (Print edition)

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