The Democratic Party Platform – 2016

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 First of all, here is the link to the party platform.https://www.demconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Democratic-Party-Platform-7.21.16-no-lines.pdf

In this post, I’ll be trying to distill the Democratic Party Platform from 55 pages into a more readable form.  First of all, it starts out with the belief that we are stronger together than we are apart.  Then, it goes on to tell us exactly how they will make us stronger.  One of the first mentions is income inequality.  Stating that 99% of the newly created wealth is going to .01% of the country.  One solution to this, is that the Democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.  This will have the added benefit of moving more people out of poverty, thus lowering the number of working families that are on food stamps, electricity payment help, and moving them off the other social programs that working people who are living in poverty need to make ends meet.  They also believe in granting equal pay for equal work.  Right now, there is an income inequality that pays women and minorities lower wages for the same job.  This is seen as a problem as it affects the families of these workers.  The Democrats vow to change this.

Another promise is the passage of a paid medical and family leave.  As it is now, there is no “right” for a worker to even be allowed any time off for medical or family leave, much less a paid leave.  Another promise is to expand Social Security.  As it stands now, elders receiving Social Security (which they paid for) can barely make ends meet.  Also, many disabled individuals cannot receive Social Security and live in extreme poverty.  The party platform plans to reduce such poverty.

These are just a few of the ideas and plans that the platform includes.  There are also ideas for improving infrastructure that is so necessary to the health of the nation’s economy.  Creating good paying green energy jobs is another idea.  Putting money into science, technology, research and education is another promise.

I could go on and on, but I encourage you to read this document before you vote.  The overall tone of the platform is to bring all of the people who live in this nation together in order to rise together.  This platform is inclusive instead of divisive.  Read it and education yourself before November 8th.

 

 

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