We've got a plan, that a whole lot more than them!
REAL SECURITY AT HOME AND OVERSEAS: Reclaim American leadership with a tough, smart plan to transform failed policies in Iraq, the Middle East and around the world. Require the Iraqis to take responsibility for their country and begin the phased redeployment of US forces from Iraq in 2006. Double the size of Special Forces to destroy Osama Bin Laden and terrorist networks like al Qaeda. Rebuild a state-of-the-art military capable of projecting power wherever necessary. Implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission proposal to secure America’s borders and ports and screen 100% of containers. Fully man, train, and equip our National Guard and our police, firefighters and other first responders. Honor our commitments to our veterans. (Personally I'd like to see more specifics but this is 100% more foresight than our current international policy)
BETTER AMERICAN JOBS - BETTER PAY: Prohibit the Congressional pay raise until the nation’s minimum wage is raised. End tax give-aways that reward companies for moving American jobs overseas. (This also means you don't increase minimum wage by attaching estate tax breaks for multi-millionairs...are you listening GOP, have you no shame!)
COLLEGE ACCESS FOR ALL: Make college tuition deductible from taxes, permanently. Cut student loan interest rates. Expand Pell Grants.
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE - LOWER GAS PRICES: Free America from dependence on foreign oil and create a cleaner environment with initiatives for energy-efficient technologies and domestic alternatives such as biofuels. End tax giveaways to Big Oil companies and enact tough laws to stop price gouging. (look we need to be weened off gas but you don't do that by giving oil companies record profits from higher prices...but there needs to be a more alternatives funded including local and personal programs...solar cells, collectors...)
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE - LIFE-SAVING SCIENCE: Fix the Medicare prescription drug program, putting seniors first by negotiating lower drug prices and ending wasteful giveaways to drug companies and HMOs. Promote stem cell research that offers real hope to millions of American families who suffer from devastating diseases. (I've seen this from both ends as someone with insurance and major health issues, and a friend without insurance and major health issues. It's criminal to suffer when the resources are there!)
RETIREMENT SECURITY AND DIGNITY: Stop any plan to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part. Enact real pension reform to protect employees’ financial security from CEO corruption and mismanagement, including abuse of the bankruptcy laws. Expand personal savings incentives.
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