| Over the past 30 years or so the American public has been persuaded to vote more and more Republican because the Republicans have been using rhetoric for which Democrats have had no answers. |
Every time Republicans make those claims, Democrats are being given a great opportunity to show the public how much better the Democratic Party is on those issues than the Greedy Old Party.
- When Republicans say that Democrats are nothing but "tax and spend Liberals", Democrats need to answer that charge and make it clear to the public what nonsense that is.
- When Republicans claim that government is evil, Democrats need to answer that charge and make it clear to the public what nonsense that is.
- When Republicans claim that paying taxes is the equivalent of flushing money down the toilet, Democrats need to answer that charge and make it clear to the public what nonsense that is.
- When Republicans claim that "private enterprise" is always better than "government spending", Democrats need to answer that charge and make it clear to the public what nonsense that is.
- When Republicans claim that everbody works for the government through May of each year, Democrats need to answer that charge and make it clear to the public what nonsense that is.
Democrats haven't been able to tell the public why they are so much better than the Republicans, because they don't even seem to know why themselves!
A Day in the Life of
"Joe gets up at 6:00 AM to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for
minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his
first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some
liberal fought to insure they are safe and work as advertised.
All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical
plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid
medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning
breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because
some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.
Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is
properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents
because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on
his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes
a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging
liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
Joe walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You
see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which
gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.
Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medical
benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation days because some
liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's
employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his
employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes
unemployed he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because
some liberal didn't think he should loose his home because of his
It's noon time, Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some
bills. Joe's deposits are federally insured by the FSLIC because some
liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who
ruined the banking system before the Depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten mortgage and his below market
federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and
the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more
money over his life-time.
Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his
farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his
car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car
Joe arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third
generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration
because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have
electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it
didn't belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural
Republican's would still be sitting in the dark).
Joe is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social
Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could
take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to. After his visit with dad
he gets back in his car for the ride home.
Joe turns on a radio talk show, the host's keeps saying that liberals are
bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn't tell Joe that his beloved
Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys
throughout his day) Joe agrees, "We don't need those big government
liberals ruining our lives; after all, I'm a self made man who believes
everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have".
by John Gray, Cincinnati, Ohio - email@example.com -
A TvNewsLIES Reader contribution - Published July - 2004
1. Government is not the enemy.
We have to make clear to the public that Democrats are the party of "employees" & "consumers", while Republicans are the party of "private enterprise" (which clearly prospers by paying employees less than the value they get from them, and charging consumers more than the value of products which they sell to them.)
We have to make clear to the public that Democrats believe that the "government" ought to function like a "union", bringing together and organizing all of the citizens of a nation, to promote their own common interests. Since Republicans oppose ALL efforts of individuals to organize ( because they want only business leaders, employers and landlords to be the ones organized, with the extensive and sometimes secretive structure of their corporations and business associations.)
2. Republicans don't really oppose the "redistribution of wealth"
They only oppose it when the wealth is being redistributed from the rich to the poor. But because they are usually the beneficiaries, they are delighted with the fact that the market is constantly redistributing wealth from the poor to the rich, when employers make money by taking more from their employees in valuable labor, than they as employers pay to those employees, and when marketers take more from their customers than they get from them. Although the defenders of the market claim that trade is good for everybody - which is the ideal -, Conservatives and Republicans don't want to face the fact that more often than, without supervision and correction by outside forces, the market doesn't work the way it is supposed to.
3. Taxes need not be bad.
When taxes are the price that people pay to live in one of the best countries on earth, responsible people should pay them happily. Ben Franklin referred to taxes as "society's dues" (in The Compleat Autobiography of B.F. published in 2006). When well managed, taxes can be a much better bargain than a lot of "private spending" on "for-profit" enterprises, which are not in business to save money for their customers, especially when their customer is seen as a "deep-pockets" government. If you don't know that, then that just goes to show how deafeningly silent Democrats have been on this issue. Taxes benefit us from the moment we get up every day until the moment we go to sleep. The party of big business has persuaded people to pay high prices for their goods and services because, as they say all the time, "You get what you pay for". If they can say that about the money business charges customers, the very same can and should be said about the taxes charged by government, especially the kind of good government provided by Democratic public servants.
In fact, if you go to sleep with peace of mind it's because you are confident that if there's a fire during the night, public servants will protect you, that burglars will be deterred and/or caught and prosecuted, that your plumbing or electricity won't malfunction because you are protected by government building codes.
When Americans gets up in the morning, until they are 16 years old, the "union' of all Americans has agreed to pay taxes to make sure they get the best basic education that we can provide. And that union has agreed that its a great idea to pay taxes to help young people go to college as well.
Americans lucky enough to have jobs are required by the "union of all Americans" to at least get safe working conditions, a minimum wage, a maximum of 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week, with a mid-day break, and extra pay rates for "overtime", and a multitude of other benefits that would not exist, were it not for the demands of the "union of all Americans".
When Americans can't get jobs, the "union of all Americans" has agreed to try to help in various way, especially when it concerns helpless children, the handicapped and the elderly.
Wherever Americans spend their day, the "union of all Americans" uses some of taxes we prevent "private enterprise" from corrupting the air we breath and water we desperately need for a thousand purposes and can no longer take for granted.
Before Democrats won enactment of Social Security under F.D.R., and Medicare under L.B.J., only rich Americans looked forward to "golden years". The rest didn't live long beyond age 65 because they suffered from poverty, homelessness and untreated illnesses; and whatever years they had beyond 65 were likely to be miserable. It's "Tax and Serve" Democrats who changed all that for the better.
4. Public spending is a better deal than "privatization".a very costly military that protects us from foreign threats
police, a justice system, and a very costly incarceration system
fire and emergency services
a system of transportation involving roads, trains, airlines, shipping
and a multitude of public services at the local, state and federal level which we take for granted, but which are only there all the time because our taxes pay for them.
Look at what you get for your spending on "private" car insurance each year. In order to "collect" anything, you have to drive poorly or have bad luck. Now look at what most of us get for the same amount of money invested in taxes:
There are few "profit making" enterprises that come close to the deal that Americans get for their taxes. good government is a very good deal, and that is what Democrats should be proud to represent.
5. We should insist that we are "Tax and serve Liberals", and proud of it!
We should be proud of being for taxes and for government, so long as the public services we provide in return for those taxes are a good deal. And when Republicans clamor for "tax cuts",we should make it clear that they are clamoring for service cuts, and we should force them spell out whose services they want to cut, and why.
Now, contrast what Democrats have to offer with the Republican campaign to oppose just about ALL taxes in order to prevent the government from offering any services to anybody except for the rich and the powerful, who always get theirs !
If progressive taxation was good enough for Thomas Jefferson, why not for the rest of us?
"The consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much
misery to the bulk of mankind, legislatures cannot invest too many
devices for subdividing property… Another means of silently
lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from
taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of
property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there
is in any country, uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is
clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to
violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for
man to labor and live on."
is a great site which shows how your taxes are being spent,
probably not the way your would like them spent!
When discussing Income and / or Taxes in America, it helps to have some good basic data on the topic, like :