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  •  Opportunity and Security (4.00)
    These should be the keystones of the new Dem approach.  We can attack the Repeal-the-New-Deal movement (more expressive than Const in exile) as ripping away the safety net that we now take for granted.  Not just retirement security, but the security that food will be (relatively) safe, that the air will be fit to breathe and the water fit to drink.  The assault on governmental regulation of this nature is an assault on our safety and security.  The Dems can easily promise not only to maintain and strengthen the safety net, but to expand opportunity as well.  

    This is the flip side of the movement back to the Robber Barons.  Only those who are either born to wealth or amoral cutthroats will have any real opportunity to do well in the New Repub World.  The rest will have bad schools, no health care and be at the mercy of the sharks out there.  If security was really so overwhelmingly important in the last election, then people should be receptive to this kind of characterization of the Republican Dream.  

    By contrast, the Dems are for maintaining (even strengthening) the safety net and expanding oppportunities through improved education, a healthy start etc, ending with retirement security.  Not a handout, but a helping hand and a promise to maintian the rules of the playing field.  It seems to me to be a pretty coherent message that can be boiled down to a few clear ideas.

    If you're going in the wrong direction and you stay the course, where, exactly, do you wind up?

    by Mimikatz on Tue Dec 14, 2004 at 01:52:16 PM PST

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    •  Let me try to define a message (none)
      Democratic message for every American:

      1.    A healthy start

      2.    A good education including education for necessary career changes.

      3.    Support for a family in trouble.

      4.    Guaranteed health care for life.

      5.    Guaranteed minimal retirement with possibility of supplementing it.

      6.    The possibility of personal success equal to capabilities and opportunities.

      7.    Fair and honest treatment by employers.

      8.    A decent environment.

      9.    The opportunity to find a job that pays well enough to support a family.

      10.     Protection from crime.

      11.     National security.

      Note: The order might be different from this. This is not a listing in priority order. 11 and 10 might be first.

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