The Democratic National Committee is the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. It is the place where the ideals the make up the Party are formed. Before the internet, the members of the Democratic National Committee were seen once every four years at the Presidential Conventions. Today, you can get to know the people 24/7 and keep up with everything that is going on. Read about the people and the agenda and let them know your opinion. You are the voter and your voice should be heard, pro or con.
Everyone is familiar with the Democratic Candidates, but there are those who head the Democratic National Committee and set the pace for the party as a whole. They are the ones who run the party on a day to day basis and play a bigger role than you might think in forming policy. The major movers and shakers of the Democratic Party are:
DNC Chairman: Gov. Howard Dean, DGA Chairwoman: Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, DSCC Chairman: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), DCCC Chairman: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and DLCC Chairman: Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal
The Democratic Party has very extensive outlines of the items that make up their agenda for the 2008 Presidential Election. In order to understand the Democratic Party Candidates for President, you need to understand the overall make up and issues of the Party, the issues that will be for most on the table if the next President is the Democratic nominee. There are short statement here on all of the points of the Democratic Party Agenda and the links will take you to the full text.
Honest Government & Open Government
In this section the Democratic Party States in brief : “We will end the Republican culture of corruption and restore a government as good as the people it serves, starting with real ethics reform.” There are also links to recent articles related to Honest Government.
The Democratic Party policy on Security begins with this statement: “We will protect Americans at home and lead the world by telling the truth to our troops, our citizens and our allies. We believe in a strong national defense that is both tough and smart, recognizing that homeland security begins with hometown security.”
“We will create a cleaner, greener and stronger America by reducing our dependence on foreign oil, eliminating billions in subsidies for oil and gas companiesand use the savings to provide consumer relief and develop energy alternatives, and investing in energy independent technology”.
Economic Prosperity and Educational Excellenc
We will create jobs that stay in America and restore opportunity for all Americans, starting with raising the minimum wage, expanding Pell grants and making college tuition tax deductible. We also believe in budget discipline that reduces our deficit.”
A Healthcare System that Works for Everyone
“We will join 36 other industrialized nations in making sure everyone has access to affordable health care, starting by fixing the prescription drug program and investing in stem cell and other medical research.”
“We will ensure that a retirement with dignity is the right and expectation of every single American, starting with pension reform, expanding saving incentives and preventing the privatization of social security.”
“The Democratic Party believes that it is our responsibility to protect America’s extraordinary natural resources. The health of our families and the strength of our economy depend on our stewardship of the environment.”
Civil Rights & Justic
“Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws, and every law that protects workers. Most recently, Democrats stood together to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act.”
“A fundamental tenet of our democracy is the right to vote and have that vote counted. We must be vigilant in protecting this right and ensuring that our voting system is fair for every American.”