DCCC 100 Hours Survey

Last month I posted my suggestions for the incoming Democratic Congress on tax policy.  Yesterday the DCCC sent out an email surveying us on what we want the House to do in its first 100 hours.  Ignoring the timeframe, I added below some more actions our newly Democratic Congress should take in 2007-08--please take the survey yourself and send them these suggestions!  (Or just include the ones you like :)  I know I'm a bit of an inside the Beltway policy wonk, so I'm happy to explain anything or answer questions.  Thanks!

ban racial profiling, pass the Innocence Protection Act (DNA testing before someone is executed), ENDA (bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (formerly known as the Hate Crimes Prevention Act), end asbtinence-only "education", lift the cap on wages taxed for Social Security, update the 1978 Gas Guzzler Tax so it applies to all cars getting less than 25 mpg, raise fuel efficiency standards to 40mpg, raise the tobacco tax, give the FDA authority to regulate nicotine as a drug, fully fund NCLB, IDEA, Head Start, the Child Care Development Block Grant, and Section 8 (rental housing vouchers for the poor), extend paid FMLA coverage to workplaces of 25+ employees, restore the Clinton ergonomics rule, enact mental health parity, pass clean elections law, cut the Defense Dept, increase Pell Grants and Stafford Loans--not regressive tax deductions for tuition, spend more on rail and other transit and less on air and highway travel, BAN earmarks, create progressive Individual Development Accounts, create an affordable housing trust fund, pass the Kennedy-DeLauro sick leave bill.

DO NOT BE WIMPS!  Pass good bills and force Bush to sign or veto them!

Tags: 110th congress, dccc, progressive policy (all tags)

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Re: DCCC 100 Hours Survey

You missed one, we need to put priority on the Employee Free Choice Act. This gives workers a safe and fair option to join unions. Increasing union density within our workforce has a number of good outcomes. First, workers have the ability to negotiate with the companies for wages, benefits, and fairness within the workplace. And don't forget, unionized workers vote in greater numbers than non-unionized workers and guess who they tend to vote for; yeah, democrats

Union density right now is about 10 percent. If we had 20 percent union density in the workforce, Florida would not have mattered in 2000 and Ohio would not have been an issue in 2004.

by jfoster 2006-12-15 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: DCCC 100 Hours Survey

I wholeheartedly agree.  Paul Wellstone had a Right to Organize Act, but I wasn't sure what comprehensive pro-labor bill was out there now.

PBS' NOW was about the effort to unionize a meat-packing plant in NC tonight.  They reported that 12% of US workers belong to unions now, compared to something like 28% in 1979 (which is what it is in Canada).  I know it was closer to 50% in the 50s.

by Sandwich Repairman 2006-12-15 04:22PM | 0 recs
I have a different list

Aside from impeachment and removal of Bush and cheney, which is non-negotiable, here's the list of important legislation that is CRUCIAL:

1) Energy Independence. 250 billion dollar program to rebuild our energy infrastructure, converging hydrogen fuel production and electricity production, using a point-of-use, just-in-time-inventory, web model infrastructure of small, non-toxic energy plants, located close to markets and using locally advantageous renewable sources to create fuel and electricity. No pipelines. No tankers. No huge plants making massive amounts of hydrogen and shipping it out. No high voltage networks shipping energy from remote, toxic plants to markets. We get the money by scrapping the proposed plan to spend 250 billion on new nuclear plants. This is THE most important priority. It addresses economic growth, global prosperity, national security, shortages of potable water, and creating new breadbaskets. It addresses war, famine, disease, poverty, and global warming.

2)Redefining the role and the powers of corporations, and decentralizing their power. Corporations are hierarchical and authoritarian in organizational structure, and they are voracious consumers of power and influence in society. Occupation of multiple board seats in several corproations by one person: BANNED. Occupation of executive and board positions simulataneously by one person: BANNED. Controlling interest in a corporation by fewer than five persons related by blood or marriage: BANNED. Maximum salary of 50 times the lowest paid worker for an executive in a corporation.
And there are more.

3) The Fairness Doctrine. Neutral presentation of a political, economic or social debate is not the same thing as an OBJECTIVE presentation of a debate. The truth does not lie somewhere between facts and a passionately delivered FALSEHOOD. Mass Media corporations should be NON-PROFIT organizations, and media monopolies should be BANNED. Public Access programming should be expanded and liberalized to allow cross-market participation.

4) Lobbying should cease to exist as we know it. Lobbyists should be required to lobby CONSTITUENTS of elected representatives, not the representative or his party. Let them come to US for favors, not bribe our representative to push us out of the loop in a representative system!

5)Mandatory 20 year sentences for white collar crime involving amounts over $10,000.

6) Single Payer Health Care. SCRAP the privatization of Medicare and Medicaid. We have a federally chartered corporation that manages our banking system, and we should have a non-profit federally chartered corporation to manage our health care insurance. We should VIGOROUSLY dispute the notion that health care is a "market" driven by the profit motive. We should VIGOROUSLY dispute the notion that doctors are entitled to be RICH.

7) We need to SCRAP Bush's education agenda, and fully fund public education, including college education, as it is REQUIRED to earn a living wage to raise a family.

8) We need to standardize election laws and mandate BOTH verified voting AND election audit procedures. Perpetrating election fraud should be punishable with LIFE IN PRISON, as it is TREASON.

9) Legalize Marijuana. End the unreasonable jailing of hundreds of thousands of people and the link between crime and marijuana that arises principally because it is illegal. Tax marijuana, and use that tax for drug addiction treatment and enforcement of drug laws targeting heroin and cocaine. Expand the use of HEMP for economic growth.

10) Institute regulation of arms sales and pass stiff sentences for those who foment wars around the world.

11) 500 billion dollars a year in defense spending for WHAT? They can't even tell us where it's all being spent. They don't even know. For answers on how to address problems that cause war, see all of above.

by taraka das 2006-12-15 03:25PM | 0 recs
Re: I have a different list

I have a really different approach to energy independence, and I can tell you from living in Canada the past year and a half that there are real problems with single payer health care.  Though anything would be better than the mess we have now.  

I'll try to come back to this and respond to your whole list later.

by Sandwich Repairman 2006-12-15 04:24PM | 0 recs
Canada

Yeah, I know they have problems, but I'm not in favor of the kind of system they have there, and as you probably know, we have other options besides simply adopting the Canadian system.

by taraka das 2006-12-15 04:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Canada

But what you advocated was adopting the same system Canada has.

by Sandwich Repairman 2006-12-16 08:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Canada

No, I advocated a "single payer system."

I didn't say it had to be just like Canada's system.

by taraka das 2006-12-16 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Canada

How would your single-payer system differ from Canada's?

by Sandwich Repairman 2006-12-16 04:31PM | 0 recs

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