Is The 2008 Democratic National Platform - "Renewing America's Promise" worth the paper it is written on? Do elected Democrats take this promise seriously? Did the builders of this Platform "Renewing America's Promise" do it with a wink and a smile knowing full well it was all bull shit? Maybe the Democratic Platform builders could just copy and paste the Republican Platform, because that seems to be what they really believe in. Where were these platform builders and where was their outrage during the Health Care debate? Want my opinion? OK here it is. The platform builders are all words and no action, in other words, bull shit artist hoping and praying we have short memories. Let me make my case.
The 2008 Democratic National Platform - Renewing America's Promise has this to say about a Health Care Public Option plan: Families and individuals should have the option of keeping the coverage they have or choosing from a wide array of health insurance plans, including many private health insurance optionsand a public plan. So what did the Democrats do? They, along with their Republican pals, killed the Public Option.
The 2008 Democratic National Platform - Renewing America's Promise has this to say about a lowering Medicare Part D prescription prices: "Lower drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prices." So what did the Democrats do?
Huffington Post When George Bush and the White House Congress passed Medicare Part D, with the caveat that the government couldn't negotiate for pharmaceutical prices. Now how does a Congress obsessed with "fiscal responsibility" pass a law forcing the government to pay whatever price an industry want to charge them? And yet, we did. So when the Democrats took back Congress in 2006, they made a big show of passing drug price negotiation, championed by Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama. But since George Bush would never sign it, there was no danger of it actually passing. And when Barack Obama could sign it, the Democrats cut a deal with the pharmaceutical companies that guaranteed there would be no prescription drug price negotiations -- in exchange for the low low price of $150 million in political advertising.
The 2008 Democratic National Platform - Renewing America's Promise has this to say about the Employee Free Choice Act. "We will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions and fight to pass the Employee Free Choice." So what did the Democrats do?
Salon In other words, elite Democrats had a real choice, and they decided to stand with the Chamber of Commerce and treat the unions like the misbehaving hired help.
The 2008 Democratic National Platform - Renewing America's Promise has this to say about Don't Ask Don' Tell: "We support the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” So what did the House Democrats do? Well they didn't really support the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, they left it in the hands of the Defense Dept. and 26 Democrats voted against that.
New York Times WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military, a major step toward dismantling the 1993 law widely known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
OK we could go on forever here, but I believe I've made my case. The 2008 Democratic National Platform - Renewing America's Promise is just a bunch of empty promises. Hell if the truth was known the platform builders probably imported the platform planks from China with the Chamber of Commerce acting as middle men.