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  Democrats Have No Excuses Now
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Last EditedCraverguy  Nov 09, 2008 05:17pm
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News DateSaturday, November 8, 2008 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Democrats won big for the same reasons my Green vote went up. The voters want a full withdrawal from Iraq, a national health plan, an energy policy focused on clean, renewable energy sources, and an economic program that creates good jobs and a bottom-up economic recovery for the working class majority. That is now the Democrats' mandate. Granted, it was the same mandate they got from the voters two years ago and nothing changed. But they now control the presidency as well as both houses of Congress. And they also now control the governorship and both houses in New York State. The Democrats can't blame the Republicans any longer for failing to bring about the changes the people want. They have no excuses now.

Voters across America voted today for change. But the changes they want were not the changes the Democrats actually promised when you look beyond the their vague slogans to the specifics in their platform and policy proposals. The Democrats promise a partial, not a full withdrawal from Iraq, and escalation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Just as Clinton did in 1993, the Democrats plan to expand health coverage relies on public subsidies for private health insurance that will end up channeling more money and power to the insurance and drug companies and more costs to the taxpayers. Despite all their lip service to renewable energy, the Democrats have not committed to ending public subsidies for the incumbent coal, oil, and nuclear industries. Obama and Biden have repeatedly stated in recent weeks that the fiscal crisis of the federal government means they will have to slow down and cut back on their modest domestic reform program. However, they remain committed to the costly proposition of expanding the armed forces and the military budget. And they helped fast track and ram through the Wall Street bailout that has done nothing to combat the recession we are in but has definitely emptied out the treasury before they even take office.
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