What is the Democratic Plan?
What will Democrats do after they take over the majority in Congress? Republicans say that people should vote for Republican candidates because only Republicans have a plan. Democrats, say the Republicans, don't have a plan. Does that mantra sound ever so familiar?
Juanita and Bryan both lament the fact that the Democrats DO have a plan, but no one has heard of it. It's called the First 100 Hours Plan. It was first suggested last July by Nancy Pelosi, but it got it's best air time on October 5th when Pelosi gave an interview with AP.
And major media did pick up the story. I dunno. It got right by me. I think it may be because that was the time of the gubernatorial debate and all of our attention was focused there.
And the DCCC picked up on it too. So did the Washington Post, that I read daily.
The Democratic Party has it, too.
And these blogs:
The Blue State
So what is the First 100 Days Plan?
Day 1: Put new rules in place to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation."
Day 2: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The next 52 hours:
Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour
Cut the interest rate on student loans in half
Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.
Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds
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.
This is paid for by rolling back the Bush Era tax cuts for the rich and well-off.
Sounds like a plan. Sorry I didn't hear about it sooner, but I just had to watch Kinky get creamed by Chris Bell.