What an idiot. I voted for the lesser of the two evils and am not sorry I voted for bush. You could have put a tree stump next to bush in the election and the tree stump would have won, but the democrats chose Kerry, who was apparently worse then a tree stump. I think bush sucks too, but I think kerry would have sucked worse. He acctually promised to suck worse, so what do you do? I highly considered not voting the last time.[/quote]
This is true.
And the Dems won’t win by moving left – that will actually excite the Republican base, which may well stay home otherwise.
If the Dems highlight the fact that their party tends to stand for this stuff, they’ll lose again:
Undo the bankruptcy bill enacted by this administration
Repeal the estate tax repeal
Increase the minimum wage and index it to the CPI
Universal health care (obviously the devil is in the details on this one)
Increase CAFE standards. Some other environment-related regulation
Pro-reproductive rights, getting rid of abstinence-only education, improving education about and access to contraception including the morning after pill, and supporting choice. On the last one there’s probably some disagreement around the edges (parental notification, for example), but otherwise.
Simplify and increase the progressivity of the tax code
Kill faith-based funding. Certainly kill federal funding of anything that engages in religious discrimination.
Reduce corporate giveaways
Have Medicare run the Medicare drug plan
Force companies to stop underfunding their pensions. Change corporate bankruptcy law to put workers and retirees at the head of the line with respect to their pensions.
Leave the states alone on issues like medical marijuana. Generally move towards “more decriminalization” of drugs, though the details complicated there too.
Improve access to daycare and other pro-family policies. Obiously details matter.
Raise the cap on wages covered by FICA taxes.
Marriage rights for all, which includes “gay marriage” and quicker transition to citizenship for the foreign spouses of citizens.