Our Dem leaders should be proud of the principles Democratic Party stand for and own it big. They should be proud for standing up for the people, unlike the Republican Party that advocates govt for the rich by the rich and of the rich.
After all, Democratic Party issues are the issues of the people. Polling results testify to this.
Dem leaders should stop listening to consultants and just stand with people who will watch their backs.
At mass last week, we were asked to sign a Farm Bill Reform.
And I saw this:
Religious Groups Band Together
to Call for Farm Bill Reform
by Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the National Catholic Rural Life Conference and Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, are joining more than a dozen other religious groups in advocating reforms in federal farm policy that could be implemented through the farm bill now working its way through Congress.
The organizations have coalesced into a body called the Religious Working Group on the Farm Bill to propose changes in the legislation that they say would benefit farmers, rural communities and Americans' nutritional needs.
"Passing a new farm bill is an important opportunity to reshape our agricultural policies to build a more just framework that better serves rural communities and vulnerable farmers in the U.S., overcomes hunger here and abroad, and helps poor farmers and their families in developing countries," said an April 20 statement by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y. chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Policy.
"We join together to support policies that promote economic justice, strengthen rural communities at home and around the world, care for the land as God's creation, foster right relations among nations and achieve an end to hunger," said the Religious Working Group on the Farm Bill statement, also issued April 20.
The working group outlined for consideration for the farm bill a broad agenda of issues that would:
1. Increase investments that combat rural poverty and strengthen rural communities.
Strengthen and expand programs that reduce hunger and improve nutrition in the United States.
Strengthen and increase investment in policies that promote conservation and good stewardship of the land.
Provide transitions for farmers to alternative forms of support that are more equitable and do not distort trade in ways that fuel hunger and poverty.
Protect the health and safety of farmworkers.
Expand research related to alternative, clean and renewable forms of energy.
5. Improve and expand international food aid in ways that encourage local food security.