Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Democrats Have A Plan

The Democrats have rolled out their plan for national security and it looks pretty good, and the best part is, it’s short. The brochure is comprised of ten pages, but that includes the title pages and both an English and Spanish version. The actual plan is only three pages long and it’s filled with easy to digest, specific solutions to security problems that have stumped the GOP. There are a few good swipes at the Republicans as well, even the title, “Real Security: The Democratic Plan to Protect America and Restore Our Leadership in the World” is a reminder of what Bush and the Republicans haven’t been able to do.

There is no wind bagging, no unnecessary words or complicated concepts, just clear-cut objectives and specific dates. Energy independence by 2020, securing loose nukes by 2010, screening of 100% of cargo containers, a promise to eliminate Bin Laden, finish the job in Afghanistan and make significant progress in Iraq this year so that troop redeployment can begin. Reading this plan I get the sense that the Democrats are not as clueless as they’ve led us to believe, a pleasant surprise for sure.

The fear mongering seems to have been kept to a minimum as well. I was a little concerned that the Democrats would use the fear card in order to wrestle control away from Republicans this fall, but there is only one reference to the “danger” of outsourcing our port operations and they handled the bird flu pandemic hoopla in a reasonable fashion. Instead of scaring people about it and encouraging them to spend all their money on stockpiles of food, water and survival gear, the Democrats say they will invest in the public health infrastructure, train health workers and make sure that first responders have all of the equipment they need for any disaster, natural or otherwise. All common sense stuff that doesn’t involve building a new bureaucracy or giving money to big pharmaceutical companies for useless antibiotics, the Bush plan up to this point.

I hope that this brochure makes it into the hands of voters across the country. It is a great first step and it takes the security issue away from Republicans. I’m hoping this is the test plan and that there will be more to come, a healthcare plan and perhaps an economic plan as well. As long as they keep it short and to the point, it’s hard to see how they don’t make gains in November. They are speaking directly to the concerns of the American people, they are promising to fix the critical gaps in security that Republicans have been unable to tackle and they are doing so without nuance. So far, so good, I hope they can keep it up.


Blogger BigNewsDay said...

Once again, brilliant as usual. With your permission, I would like to cross-post part of your article on my blog.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous nuggler said...

This plan still has us going over a cliff to our doom, maybe a little slower than the present catastrophe but just as fatally.
It perpetuates the myth that we can fight a 'war on terror' militarily. Also, the myth that the 9/11 commission was 'independent'.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

bignewsday--Have at it.

nuggler--You are right about that. The 9/11 Commission Report was laughable in parts, far too many things left unexplained and far too many things explained that simply make no logical sense. I do believe that once in power, Democrats would govern much differently (how differently will depend on how far we can pull them to the left from their cozy spot playing middle ground nonsense). There are some logical things we can do to guard against terrorist attacks and I got the feeling from reading this plan that the Democrats recognize that how we play with the rest of the world is critical to our security. That's at least a step in the right direction.

The Democrats aren't who I want them to be, but they are far less dangerous than Republicans at this point.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous nuggler said...

Thanks, I agree with you, and I enjoy your writings.
It's just that I think we need stronger medicine than what the Democrats are offering.

11:38 PM  

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