2008 Democratic Platform — Weston Recommendations

On Monday, July 21, 2008, a group of Weston Democrats met to draft recommendations for the 2008 Democratic National Platform.  This work does not necessarily reflect the views of the Weston Democratic Town Committee, as it was done in between monthly DTC meetings.   We submited our recommendations to the national campaign on July 27.


2008 Weston Policy Topics for Democratic Platform


  • Universal Health Care
    • Everyone in the United States should have access to high quality health care, comparable to Health Insurance Available to Members of Congress
  • Adherence to the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law
    • Separation of Powers
    • Separation of Church and State
    • Military Code of Justice
    • Geneva Convention on Treatment of Captives
    • Bill of Rights
    • Right to Privacy
  • Achieve Energy Independence, Stop Global Warming, Protection of Environment
    • Develop an Energy Policy that develops and improves renewable energy sources.
    • Pursue all approaches that reduce dependence on fossil fuels immediately.
      • Promote manufacture and use of non-food-based biofuels.
      • Convert to non-carbon-based electricity production.
      • Improve electric power grid to support electric cars.
    • Increase subsidies and other incentives to railroad and other mass transit systems that are energy efficient.
    • Implement cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
  • Peace and Security
    • Use diplomatic initiatives and observance of international treaties to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
    • Establish broad-based alliances and coalitions to combat terrorism, genocide and regional conflicts.
    • Help Pakistan build democratic institutions and fight Islamic extremism.
    • Induce Iraq to take over responsibility for its own security, with help from its neighbors.  End U.S. combat role.
    • Strengthen U.S. military
      • Train our service personnel to win hearts and minds. 
      • Provide uniformly high-quality healthcare to veterans.
      • Reduce Use of Mercenaries (Blackwater, etc.)
  • A Strong, Equitable, Growing Economy
    • Well-Regulated Market Economy  (see plank below)
    • Equitable Progressive Tax System
    • Rein in National Debt
      • Increased dramatically during Republican Administration
      • Reduce Federal Deficit without causing undue hardship on low-income families.
    • International Balance of Payments
    • Restore Oversight to Federal Contracts (Halliburton, KBR, etc.)
    • Trade Agreements
      • End farm subsidies that hurt poor African farmers.
    • Reduce Outsourcing of Government Functions
  • Education
    • Support Public Schools
    • No Unfunded Mandates
    • Replace “No Child Left Behind” with something that works.
    • Promote early childhood education and intervention.
    • Require assessment of individual child’s performance and measure a child’s year-to-year progress.
  • Women’s Rights
    • The Democratic Party actively promotes women’s rights here and around the world. 
    • Women must have the right to control their own bodies and to be protected from inequality and inequity.
  • Support Research with Additional Funding
    • No rewriting summaries of scientific studies to conform to political or religious ideology
  • Improve Support for FDA

Plank on Well-Regulated Market Economy

The Democratic Party will promote economic growth, general prosperity, and fairness to all citizens through a well-regulated market economy.  We know communism and socialism do not work as well as capitalism.  However, it is clear from the Savings and Loan Crisis of the late 1980s, the Asian debt crisis and the collapse of LTCM in the 1990s, as well as the collapse of Bear Stearns and the sub-prime mortgage meltdown over the past year, that Republican-inspired laissez-faire deregulation of the financial industry destroys people’s lives as well as capital. 

The extreme deregulation of the telecommunications industry led to huge capital and pension losses.  Unregulated price manipulation in the electric power generation and distribution industries led to unjust transfer of wealth as well as loss of pensions and savings for many people.  The next Democratic Administration will develop fair and equitable regulatory institutions for the financial industry as well as the public utility industries.


7 Responses to “2008 Democratic Platform — Weston Recommendations”

  1. Barbara Schwab Says:

    I agree with the platofrm recommendations as set forth by this committee.

  2. howard aibel Says:

    Bur–Thanks so much for getting this on the website so quickly. I am sorry that I left the meeting so precipitously. A message that I received on my blackberry indicated that it was important that I handle a particular matter that afternoon. Of course, it turned out not to be the case.

    You, Deirdre and others have done a marvelous job of sorting out all of the ideas that came out. Thanks so much.

  3. Gayle Weinstein Says:

    Great job!! Bur, thanks for organizing the meeting and getting the information up so quickly. Thanks to all who attended the meeting for giving their opinions, and to Deirdre for welcoming us in her home. Can we add “Respecting a person’s Right to Privacy” under adhering to the Constitution?

  4. barbarareynolds Says:

    Re Universal Health Care – I would like to widen this to mention residents, not citizens.
    Re Iraq, “end” not “reduce” us combat role
    Hi Bur – I can’t still quite figure out how to reply or edit the above so I’ve let some thoughts here
    re “National Debt” – shouldn’t there be something here re what about it??

  5. Deirdre Doran Says:

    At the get together with Jim Himes, there was a woman who made a good point about women’s rights. Somewhere in this document we need to say that the Democratic Party actively promotes women’s rights here and around the world. Women must have the right to control their own bodies and to be protected from inequality and inequity in its many forms. A simple mention will probably suffice.

    Thanks Bur for all that you are doing!!

  6. Terry Castellano Says:

    Bur and Deirdre,
    Thank you, again, for spear heading this effort. Also, to whomever (plural that, if appropriate) “smoothed out” our brainstorming—it is sincerely appreciated. Bur, I think we need to be a bit more specific than just, “National Debt.” Something like: “Immediately address the need to reduce the national debt in a pro-active way that will not cause an undue hardship on lower income families. Just a thought….

  7. Barbara Reynolds Says:

    We did it!!! Many thanks to Bur, Deirdre and all those who participated in this endeavor – we did have a lot to say, didn’t we??

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