The Democrat agenda for 2006

The Democrat agenda, as stated by minority leader Nancy Pelosi, with my comments, for the first 100 hours, if they win the house:

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Nancy: Day One: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."
Tom: This seems a good idea except if you want to lobby your law maker about something. We do this through lobbying. Lobbyists should not be given too much power to influence law making.

Nancy: Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Tom: This also seems a good idea except for the fact that you are allowing
someone to dictate to the president, regardless of party, what he or she should do.
We must have faith in our president, regardless of party, to be free to make decisions, regardless of how difficult it may be. The buck stops at the Whitehouse.

Nancy: Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step.

Tom: There goes tons of after school and summer jobs for teens. My personal view is if every job pays the same, what incentive do you have to do a good job. You can just get any old job and get the same pay regardless of how hard or easy the work is.

Nancy: Cut the interest rate on student loans in half.

Tom: OK. This seems a good idea. I love lower interest rates.

Nancy: Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.

Tom: Negotiate? The government doesn’t negotiate. They just dictate to you.

Nancy: Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds.

Tom: We must be careful here. We can't allow cells to be created just for experimentation. I believe this to be murder. They are humans regardless of how small they may be.

Nancy: "I hope with a veto-proof majority," she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

All the days after that: "Pay as you go," meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

Tom: Well this is ok on the surface but we must give the president the ability to spend what ever is needed to protect us in this time of war. BTW the money coming into the treasury has increased greatly, due to the presidents tax cuts. It works every time it's tried, and the deficit is coming down.

Nancy: To do that, she said, Bush-era tax cuts would have to be rolled back for those above "a certain level." She mentioned annual incomes of $250,000 or $300,000 a year and higher, and said tax rates for those individuals might revert to those of the Clinton era. Details will have to be worked out, she emphasized.

Tom: Roll back tax cuts is code for tax increases. We all pay the higher taxes because they are just passed down. Also if companies are going off shore to reduce operating costs, will tax increases add to the flight?

Nancy: " We believe in the marketplace," Pelosi said of Democrats, then drew a contrast with Republicans. "They have only rewarded wealth, not work."

Tom: DUH!!!!!! How do they think wealth is created except by work and risk?!?!?!?!?!

Nancy: "We must share the benefits of our wealth" beyond the privileged few, she added.

Tom: This is code for increasing the size of the "nanny" state. Take it from you and give it to me.


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