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  •  Fair Markets = Better than Free (4.00)
    Yes.  Fair is better than Free, and Fair Markets are what Democrats should push.  And it's not enough to only push that Fair Markets protect workers, small nations, and the environment (as posted below), but it must be made clear that Fair Markets are better for investors than Free Markets.

    A lot of people on dKos have professed undying devotion to Elliot Spitzer because he has been the only public figure to go after unfair market practices that hurt investors.  (See Mutual Fund scandal).

    The SCLM and the market media have almost taken it as a given that Wall Street loves Republicans, but we need to dispel that myth.  It needs to be made clear that Republican pro-business policies actually hurt individual investors, 401k holders, and pension recipients.

    One of my favorite quotes from this diary:

    We also need an economic positioning that is more than "Corporations are Evil." Nobody likes Haliburton or Enron, but if that's all we got, it won't be compelling to pocketbook voters.

    We need to make it clear that Haliburton and Enron fiascos happen when Fair Market principles are violated.  Corporations are neither good nor bad.  They just try to make profits while following the law.  It's up to government to enforce just and fair laws.

    Brooklyn went 3:1 for Kerry, and we're still mad at the 1.

    by brooklynben on Mon Nov 15, 2004 at 08:12:37 AM PST

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    •  But watch the language (none)
      If we get framed as being against "Free" Markets we lose.  Free markets are liek Apple Pie and Motherhood.  Maybe you don't like apples and don't want children but for Pete's sake don't make either a plank of the platform.
      •  Good point (none)
        Well, then it needs to be free and fair.

        The 2004 Democratic Platform was pretty good about this:

        Free markets and honest competition. Economic growth and job creation depend on free markets and competition, but competition and free markets depend on trust, transparency, and integrity.

        I guess I would edit that to

        Free and fair markets (for honest competition). Economic growth and job creation depend on free markets and competition, but competition and free markets depend on trust, integrity, and fairness.

        Brooklyn went 3:1 for Kerry, and we're still mad at the 1.

        by brooklynben on Mon Nov 15, 2004 at 03:19:24 PM PST

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    •  Fair Markets (none)
      I really like "Fair Markets", not "Free and Fair Markets".  You can always follow up a reference to "Fair Markets" with how free they are - no need to include both of them in the slogan.  Plus, "Free and Fair Markets" sounds like you're boasting like a salesman: our markets aren't just free, they're fair, too!

      Every time you say "fair markets", tie it in to <pick your corporate scandal here> that has occurred on the Republican's watch, and about how it's hurt not only the workers, but also all the pension funds.

      Maybe even reframe the Republican platform as "free-for-all markets"?

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