The Democrats' Burden
The endurance of our democracy demands that permanent, unequivocal reforms be enacted to prevent the candidacy of
future Donald Trumps for the U.S. presidency. Enacting said imperative reforms falls squarely on Democrats' shoulders!
Unfortunately, today's self-serving Republicans will not support any reform
without some kind of remuneration.
John Bolton's decision to hold out for a book deal rather than testifying at the congressional Trump impeachment hearings is an example of today's what's-in-it-for-me Republican creed
Effecting meaningful reforms will require multiple, consecutive, Democratic administrations occupying the White House as well as large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.
How Democrats Can Win
To achieve consecutive Democratic majorities, Democratic candidates must become cognizant of American voters' Priority #1:
The need for income
is, without doubt, the one thing that all
voters, regardless of party, have in common! Putting food on the table and paying the rent is priority #1!
For everyday, financially-insecure — possibly unemployed
— Americans, everything else is secondary.
As the old saying goes, "Americans vote their pocketbooks"
. For these voters, higher taxes are out of the question!
It's no secret: with few exceptions, politicians who talk about raising taxes are D.O.A. on Election Day!
To win, and stay in power
, voters, especially Independents and disgruntled Republicans, must be convinced that
Democrats are aware of their aversion to higher taxes and our massive out-of-control national debt.
They must convince voters, regardless of party affiliation, that historically, Democrats have been truly fiscally-responsible
while Republicans have not!
Voters must be convinced that Democrats have a plan to increase the income of the majority of Americans
while gradually paying off the economy-busting, national debt without raising their taxes because everyone will pay their fair share
. No exceptions!
This is the key!
To most taxpayers, higher taxes means less income
to put food on the table. Republicans know and exploit this. Without fail, no matter what the state of the economy is, Republicans' platform always includes lower taxes
: historically, unless the economy is in terribly bad shape and unemployment is high, Republicans win the White House
In fact, since 1920, Democrats have won the presidency only after reckless Republican tax-cut policies have wrecked the economy, e.g., Hoover in 1929 and George W. Bush in 2000.
How do Republicans manage to win the White House after having destroyed the economy every time they've been in power?
How They Do It
It's simple! To fix the economy after Republican policies have wrecked it, Democrats always have to increase revenue by raising tax rates.
After Democrats have fixed the economy, Republicans simply repaint Democrats as "tax-and-spend Liberal Socialists
" who will raise taxes and — BAM! — they win.
To win — and stay in power
— Democrats must be able to put an end to these reckless, "seesaw-tax-rate cycles".
If Republicans Win In 2020
- our government will continue to drift toward the scourge of Fascism!
- greedy oligarchs will be able to put a knee on the neck of our democratic institutions, gradually choking our Constitutional Democratic Republic
- the oft-vaunted unalienable rights for which so many Americans have paid the ultimate price — which we, for so long, have taken for granted — will be relegated to the bins of oblivion!
- the national debt (soon to exceed $25 Trillion) will keep growing. The U.S. will never have fiscal sanity, a stable economy or the capacity to raise the revenue necessary to meet the needs of the citizens of the wealthiest nation in the history of the world.
- Americans can wave bye-bye to healthcare for all, quality education, infrastructure repair and the rest.
A Question Of Morality
In America, the scourge of insatiable greed
pervades the land. Greed seems to permeate throughout every transaction between buyer and seller.
For example, every American who subscribes to any service provider
, e.g., internet, cable, phone, etc., is at the provider's mercy. All "agreements" are made by phone, leaving the subscriber with no written document
that could be used against the provider in any future dispute. The result: every so often, providers arbitrarily and shamelessly
increase their rates and the subscriber has no recourse.
What does the government do? NOTHING!
Even worse, unless a family can afford more pricy, organic food at the supermarket or the farm, American families are forced to consume foods of questionable nutritional value, often consisting of ingredients detrimental to their health.
Is there any wonder why obesity runs rampant in the U.S.? Why healthcare is so costly?
How long can the American people endure these egregious conditions — the product of insatiable, downright despicable, GREED?
We have a plan.