Pick Democratic principles Re: Sarah May’s Oct. 8 letter “Pick Republican principles”: We are indeed at a crossroads. Republican and Democratic candidates do answer questions differently, such …
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Pick Democratic principles
Re: Sarah May’s Oct. 8 letter “Pick Republican principles”:
We are indeed at a crossroads.
Republican and Democratic candidates do answer questions differently, such as:
Economic freedom: As May notes, Republicans want to limit taxes (so Big Daddy can keep all his dough and to hell with infrastructure, social services, etc.) and “minimize burdensome regulations.” This essentially means “forget our air, water and climate — short-term corporate gains are much more important.” Regulations shouldn’t be overly burdensome, but Republicans seem to think all of them are.
Choice: Yes, Republicans “champion health-care choices” like those benevolent, pre-ACA insurers that let us choose to be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, capped what they’d spend on the critically ill and left people with no coverage at all if they left a job. Republicans are all about school choice when it means diverting funds from our public schools to religious and private schools with no regard for the many children whose parents can’t afford such “choice.”
Safety: Democrats believe it’s time to take a hard look at how police departments operate. “Defund the police” is a rallying cry not to eliminate police departments but to reallocate some police department funds to other agencies that would likely be more effective.
With this election, we have a chance to reset with progressive Democrats who want to move things forward to make a better country, not sit on their hands like policy-averse Republicans attempting to roll back the clock to some mythical Mayberry that never existed in the first place.
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