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Posted: 3/15/2006 12:36:55 PM EDT

Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
March 15, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - The Republican Party has wondered what's taking Democrats so long to unveil their election-year agenda. Amid press reports that it will happen any day now, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday offered what amounts to a draft version.

Americans who find it hard to make ends meet may like the promises they hear from the Democrats. But the companies that employ such Americans may not like the plan.

In any case, the Republican Party says the Democrats' real agenda involves the censure and possible impeachment of President George W. Bush.

In a speech to the Communications Workers of America on Tuesday, Pelosi mentioned Democrats' opposition to outsourcing. She said Democrats will end tax subsidies for companies that send jobs overseas.

She also said Democrats support the "right of all Americans to organize," a sentiment that goes over well with labor unions such as the CWA.

To protect workers who want to join unions, Pelosi said Democrats are "fighting" to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) in the House and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the Senate. "The bill will guarantee that when a majority of workers in a company want a union, they will get a union," Pelosi said.

Democrats also support an increase in the minimum wage. Pelosi, describing the income of corporate American CEOs as "immoral," used Wal-Mart to make her point:

"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.

Pelosi also mentioned the Democrats' "Innovation Agenda" to maintain America's leadership role in the global economy.

America lags behind other countries that have universal broadband deployment, Pelosi said; but the Democrats' agenda "guarantees" that every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years.

"We also believe that the nationwide deployment of high speed, always-on broadband and Internet and mobile communications will fuel the development of millions of new jobs in the United States," Pelosi said.

Democrats support "energy independence" within ten years; health care for all American within five years; and "dignified retirement" (no privatization of Social Security) through an "AmeriSave" plan.

Have to win first

"In order to make any of these victories, we must have one important victory first -- we have to win in November," Pelosi told the CWA.

"And win we will, because the American people want change," she added. (Pelosi then mentioned the Republican "culture of corruption, cronyism, and incompetence" in Washington.)

Pelosi attacked Republicans for writing a prescription drug bill that has seniors "paying higher prices on drugs at the pharmacy"; she mentioned an energy bill "that gives obscene subsidies to oil companies" that raise prices for consumers; and she mentioned "tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America" who "certainly don't need them." Pelosi also mentioned the high cost of college tuition and the cost of the Iraq war.

"America's working families simply cannot afford George Bush and this Rubber Stamp Congress," Pelosi said.

"Democrats stand for "real security," Pelosi said, including port security. "We must have 100 percent screening of our containers that come into our ports," she said.

She also said real security means giving troops the equipment they need to keep them safe in a war zone.

Impeachment agenda

Democrats have the issues and the strategy, Pelosi told the CWA -- and "we're going to have this unified message that we put out there, making a stance on the issues because there are so many of them." She did not say exactly when that will happen.

According to Pelosi, Democrats are "about the future" and making it "better for the next generation."

But the Republican Party says Democrats are about censure and impeachment.

As Democrats keep promising to introduce their 2006 policy agenda and the date keeps slipping, look what's been happening, the Republican National Committee said on its website:

On Monday, Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, introduced a resolution to censure a sitting president in a time of war - "over a program that is successfully stopping terrorists," the RNC said.

And Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has introduced a resolution that would create a select committee "to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment" of President Bush.

The Conyers resolution, introduced in December, now has 29 Democratic co-sponsors, the RNC said.

Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:39:00 PM EDT
Depends on how the 06 elections turn out. Right now they don't have enough support to even bring it to a vote.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:39:52 PM EDT
Pffffft, Democrats and "Unified" cannot be used in the same sentence.

And

Americans who find it hard to make ends meet may like the promises they hear from the Democrats. But the companies that employ such Americans may not like the plan.


That's exactly what they've always done... Pander to the poor to get votes.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:42:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
Pffffft, Democrats and "Unified" cannot be used in the same sentence.

And

Americans who find it hard to make ends meet may like the promises they hear from the Democrats. But the companies that employ such Americans may not like the plan.


That's exactly what they've always done... Pander to the poor to get votes.



Just like the Republicans lately.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:44:53 PM EDT

"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.


Hell, if I was in an entry level job for life I'd just off myself.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:49:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:

"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.


Hell, if I was in an entry level job for life I'd just off myself.



I love it when politicians (from either party) take it upon themselves to dictate the payrolls of private corporations.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:50:50 PM EDT
Yea!!! She has a " PLAN" Yea!!!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:02:27 PM EDT
The best thing they coul do for the middle class is stop trying to tax it out of existance.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:10:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 1:11:13 PM EDT by speedracer422]
No, I see where they are coming from....it's NOT FAIR that a corporate exec. makes 100 times more than the people they employ; wealth should be distibuted evenly so everyone has a chance. This distribution should be done through government influence to "give back" to the little people.


THEY ARE MARXISTS!!!! I swear we are in the middle of another red scare, but nobody is scared.



Speed
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:09:15 PM EDT
I would curious to know how much Nancy makes vs. the door greeter and the CEO.


Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:13:27 PM EDT
At least are flat out admitting they are socialists. This has to be the most blatant aadmission yet.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:17:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
Pelosi Hints at Democrats' 'Unified' Agenda
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
March 15, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - The Republican Party has wondered what's taking Democrats so long to unveil their election-year agenda. Amid press reports that it will happen any day now, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday offered what amounts to a draft version.

Americans who find it hard to make ends meet may like the promises they hear from the Democrats. But the companies that employ such Americans may not like the plan.

In any case, the Republican Party says the Democrats' real agenda involves the censure and possible impeachment of President George W. Bush.

In a speech to the Communications Workers of America on Tuesday, Pelosi mentioned Democrats' opposition to outsourcing. She said Democrats will end tax subsidies for companies that send jobs overseas.

She also said Democrats support the "right of all Americans to organize," a sentiment that goes over well with labor unions such as the CWA.

To protect workers who want to join unions, Pelosi said Democrats are "fighting" to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) in the House and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in the Senate. "The bill will guarantee that when a majority of workers in a company want a union, they will get a union," Pelosi said.

Democrats also support an increase in the minimum wage. Pelosi, describing the income of corporate American CEOs as "immoral," used Wal-Mart to make her point:

"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks. A lifetime of work versus two weeks in the executive suite -- this is not America, this is not fairness, this is not the basis of a strong middle class that is essential for our democracy. We must change that in our country," she said.

Pelosi also mentioned the Democrats' "Innovation Agenda" to maintain America's leadership role in the global economy.

America lags behind other countries that have universal broadband deployment, Pelosi said; but the Democrats' agenda "guarantees" that every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years.

"We also believe that the nationwide deployment of high speed, always-on broadband and Internet and mobile communications will fuel the development of millions of new jobs in the United States," Pelosi said.

Democrats support "energy independence" within ten years; health care for all American within five years; and "dignified retirement" (no privatization of Social Security) through an "AmeriSave" plan.

Good lord that is scary shit if they were to win.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:18:02 PM EDT
I plucked a few nose hairs while reading that........
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:19:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WildBoar:
At least are flat out admitting they are socialists. This has to be the most blatant aadmission yet.



You must not remember Americorps.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:26:12 PM EDT
Like I've said over and over. keep talking, our Democrat speakers.....Keeeeep talking.

Nothin like the smell of defeated Democrats in the morning.....AHHHHHH
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:29:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 2:29:36 PM EDT by fatk1d]
Democrats ... Is there anything they CAN'T promise ??
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:32:52 PM EDT
So I have a better question.

What is the Republican plan?

All through the 1990s I heard Republican Politicians say only if we could get all branches of Gov't under Republican control. Well we have it and they have convienced me they have more in common with the Dems.


Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:36:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 2:37:07 PM EDT by TrashHeap]

Originally Posted By NODDAH:
So I have a better question.

What is the Republican plan?

All through the 1990s I heard Republican Politicians say only if we could get all branches of Gov't under Republican control. Well we have it and they have convienced me they have more in common with the Dems.





Hopefully the next term of a republican controlled WH/CNGRS will be a little more productive.
GWB had his hands full with 9/11 War hurricanes filibusters ....etc......
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:39:13 PM EDT


Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:38:18 PM EDT
Damn. Killed this thread plumb DEAD.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:41:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 6:43:03 PM EDT by raven]
Ahhh, class warfare. Nice to see the Donks are forging a bold new vision for the nation

One of the reasons they have such a hard time coming up with new platforms and issues is because they've already basically won all their major battles and issues. They throw up their biggest fights against the GOP rolling back these things or fixing doomed programs like Social Security.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:57:54 PM EDT
"America's working families simply cannot afford George Bush and this Rubber Stamp Congress," Pelosi said.

Has anyone told her SHE is part of that congress?

I like the "we can't show you the details of our plan unless you vote for us and we win".

Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:58:51 PM EDT
Wow, last week I said that any politician that runs on an "America First" platform is going to be hard to beat and now we see the liberal left democrats of all people adopting some of those ideas into their campaign. You know it's a sad day when Bush has screwed up so bad that people like Pelosi and Kennedy actually offer ideas to support America First and the working class.

What exactly is the Republican's plan for the next election cycle? More of the same? Bigger government, more spending, new government agencies, new social programs? Has anyone else noticed that the Republicans and Democrats have almost reversed roles again?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 7:35:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubblehead597:
"America's working families simply cannot afford George Bush and this Rubber Stamp Congress," Pelosi said.

Has anyone told her SHE is part of that congress?




Well, last year the Democrats were complaining the minority doesn't set the agenda in Congress, so they just filibustered the shit out of Bush's judge nominees, and the majority rolled over and said "Oh yes, you all have a point and the Constitution's on your side!"
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 9:40:54 PM EDT
The Republicans have given them plenty of ammo unfortunately and they are going to run with it.
They might dominate WashingtonDC for another 40years after this. I really do wonder if George Bush is just a big set up to thoroughly screw conservatives in this country.

In any event, they spew Marxist crap but after the past 6 years it actually is going to sell to many americans. But they are not Marxists. Not truly, for that would entail giving up what they own and that ain't going to happen.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 9:49:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 9:50:28 PM EDT by NYPatriot]
FUCK the Dems & their "plan".... more of the same old socialist BS from the looney Left!

With that said however, IF the Dems pick up seats in the midterms, the Republicans have nobody to balme but themselves.

Out of control govt. spending, wide open borders & promises of amnesty for illegals, the UAE ports deal debacle, etc...

Yeah, what's not to rally around?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:00:07 PM EDT

America lags behind other countries that have universal broadband deployment, Pelosi said; but the Democrats' agenda "guarantees" that every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years.



If it is anything like the public housing in this country, then it will be tax payer subsidized, less of it and poorer quality.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:10:50 PM EDT

"I was told that an entry level person at Wal-Mart, who works his or her entire career at Wal-Mart, would make as much as the CEO makes in two weeks.


Looking on the bright side, if a Wal-Mart employee spends his entire career earning an entry-level salary, he probably isn't CEO material anyway...
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:23:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SWIRE: Has anyone else noticed that the Republicans and Democrats have almost reversed roles again?


I'll agree with your statement when the democrats support the RKBA and the republicans start pushing for assault weapon bans.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:53:53 PM EDT
Did she mention plans for another blatant gun grab??? I must've missed it - oh, wait - they'll bring that up AFTER the elections...



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