Rational Americans
Rational Americans
Democracy In Crisis
Taking Our Democracy For Granted
Would Be A Fatal Error!
As recent history has shown us, Democracy is a grand human idea whose endurance is dictated by the strength of its laws and the commitment and willingness of those whose rights it guarantees to protect it.  Germany, Italy and other nations in the 1930s, as well as Russia and Turkey in our time, are examples of the inherent frailty of democracies.  Hitler types are always ready to exploit people's fears and prejudices when the time is right.  Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, we ignore these facts at our own peril!
Democracy In Crisis
Taking Our Democracy For Granted
Would Be A Fatal Error!
As recent history has shown us, Democracy is a grand human idea whose endurance is dictated by the strength of its laws and the commitment and willingness of those whose rights it guarantees to protect it.  Germany, Italy and other nations in the 1930s, as well as Russia and Turkey in our time, are examples of the inherent frailty of democracies.  Hitler types are always ready to exploit people's fears and prejudices when the time is right.  Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, we ignore these facts at our own peril!
A Word To The Wise
It's not enough to win Blue-Wave elections if victories are short-lived and all change made by Democrats is "undone" when Republicans regain power!  The object is to get elected and remain elected!   To win — and keep control:
  • Candidates should run united, with concrete, Permanent Solutions provided by the DNC.
  • Permanent Solutions should appeal to the majority of each candidate's constituents.
  • Rational Tax Reform, jobs, infrastructure modernization and healthcare, for example, are issues which appeal to All Americans.
  • The full Progressive Agenda can wait until control has been achieved and proper means to fund it have been developed.
Democrats' Burden
Politics As Usual Will Produce The Same Results
Putting our nation on the right track will require that Democrats put aside their divisive, pet-issue politics and concentrate on the bigger picture: electing Democratic candidates with realistic Solutions and Reforms.  Here's how:
  • First Things First: Before our Democratic Agenda can be implemented and our Democracy and its institutions can be secured, Democrats must first win elections and control Congress!
  • Since Democrats can't always be counted on to show up at polls on election day, in red districts, Democratic victories will necessarily depend on the "conversion" of swing Republican and Independent voters.
  • To "convert" swing voters, Democrats will have to concentrate on "global issues" important to all voters, such as taxes, national security, infrastructure, the environment, fiscal responsibility, etc.
  • Democrats must dispel the old, unwarranted, "fiscally-irresponsible, tax-and-spend-liberals" label once and for all and be able to offer credible and concrete plans to provide all voters with the means to attain what is most important to them — financial security and stability.
On Fiscal Responsibility
Democrats Are Fiscally-Responsible!
Historical Facts: Since after World War I,
  • while giving lip-service to their desire for "fiscal responsibility", income and capital gains taxes have been irresponsibly lowered by Republican administrations
  • unemployment rates have been excessively high after Republicans left office
  • Republican administration policies have been responsible for the Great 1929 Depression and the Great 2008 Recession
  • The Bush 43 tax cuts, crafted to benefit the wealthy, have widened the income gap between the rich and the poor in America
  • unemployment rates have gone down and the U.S. economy has been better after Democratic administrations have left officeSee the historical evidence . . .
Fiscal Responsibility can be achieved with fair taxation through a simple tax code designed to generate enough revenue to gradually payoff the national debt, save $Billions on debt interest, eliminate deficits and provide funds for all necessary social programs as well.
Seesaw Tax Rates
Down, Up And Down Again
Time To Stop Seesaw Tax Rates!
The Consequences: After World War I,
  1. with the possible exception of 1976 (Watergate, etc.), new Democratic Administrations were elected only after irresponsible Republican tax-cutting and other policies had damaged the economy and put millions of Americans out of work (1932, 1960, 1992, 2008).  See the historical evidence . . .
  2. to "fix" the economy and put people back to work, Democrats have increased government spending to create jobs and raised taxes to pay for the spending.
  3. once Democratic Party policies have stabilized the economy,
    • unemployment rates have significantly gone down
    • voters' confidence has been restored
    • on the next elections, Republicans unveil their usual tax-cutting agenda — and win!
    • once in office, Republicans put their seesaw, economy-busting, tax-rate-cutting policies in motion
    • once again, the economy tanks
    • once again, employment rates rise
    • once again, the seesaw cycle starts all over
Why the Vicious Circle? Because Republicans understand that even though some voters see it as their responsibility to pay their fair share of taxes, a large segment of the voting population is reluctant to pay higher taxes because:
  • erroneously, they see Republicans as more fiscally-responsible
  • they feel financially insecure and uncertain about the future
  • they see the system as unfair and feel overtaxed
  • often-justified, they oppose government waste
  • they are reluctant to share "their hard-earned money" with the "lazy" poor and less privileged
  • they are simply opposed to paying taxes
Greed-based or not, it's the reality and Republicans know how to take advantage of it to win elections.
Do Something Different!
What Democrats Can Do
Stop The Seesaw! As shown above, winning the next election and doing the same ol' thing all over again to deal with irresponsible Republican policies, e.g., raising taxes to undo the Trump/Ryan/McConnell tax cuts, is guaranteed to produce the same historical results: irrational seesaw tax policy.
To break the cycle and ensure long-lasting control, Democrats must offer something new to those "reluctant taxpayers" who have historically made Republican electoral victories possible.  Democrats must be able to offer these voters policies which will address their fears as well as Rational Solutions and Reforms designed to protect the endurance of our Democracy and its institutions.
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