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What Does Democrats Stand For?

Updated on November 2, 2018
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.


When it comes to policy, elections are the only mechanism we have as citizens to voice our opinion. We vote for the candidates most aligned with our wishes.

- Oct. 2018


The Democratic party has a platform. They have certain principles they believe will help their constituents. They claim to be the party for the workers and the underpriviledged. They are the ones that claim they are for minority rights. They are for unions and for government workers.

Here are a list of what most Democrats want:

1. Big government programs.

2. Higher taxes to pay for these programs.

3. Universal healthcare.

4. Cut military spending.

5. Free higher education.

6. Higher minimum wage, $15 per hour.

7. Open borders on unlimited immigration.

8. Abortion on demand.

9. Strict gun control laws.

Here is what most Democrats are against:

1. Voter ID laws.

2. ICE and border control.

3. Tax cuts and tax reform.

4. Balanced budget Amendment.

5. Strict interpretation of the Constitution.

6. Building the wall on our southern borders.

7. Anything related to Trump.

The ACA Kicks In 2019...

Some Political Groups

Democrats in general support these groups.

  • ACLU
  • Black Lives Matter
  • UN - IPCC
  • Clinton Foundation
  • Open Society Institute
  • Code Pink
  • NOW

IPCC - UN Panel on Climate Change


Even though I am a conservative, I tried to be fair in this article. I am merely stating what the Democrats believe based on their speeches and campaign ads... Obviously, you cannot apply generalities to all Democrats, no more than you can attribute all GOP believing in the same things. The majority is what we are commenting on.

The point is, if you agree with these positions, you should vote for them. That is how our system works. Every two years, our election is the only mechanism our people gets to voice their opinion and dictates who should govern our republic.

Unlike some who thinks mob rules.

Historically, our government works best when the power is divided. That is to say, a bipartisan effort at legislation usually is best for the nation. When one party dominates, they usually lead to abuses. We saw this when the Democrats had the majority of both houses of Congress and Barack Obama was President in 2010. He rammed the ACA bill through without a single Republican vote. The ensuing years of failures and court challenges and over spending was the aftermath. It is unclear what the future holds but we do know this. A 2000 plus pages of major legislation cannot work if only half the legislature supported it. There are bound to be corrections and adjustments.

A Voter’s Guide...

How does one decide who or what to vote for?

Do you listen to advertisements? Attack ads?

Do you watch main stream media or read main stream print news?

They have not been the most trustworthy over the past few years.

Here are some common sense advice.

1. Check your 401k statements over the past year...

2. Look at your paycheck...

3. Do your taxes and estimates for the current year.

4. Observe your surroundings...when you go to the shopping mall or restaurants or vacation business doing well? Or thriving?

5. Ask around your friends and neighbors to see how their job is going, are they working over time?

6. Look around your cities and see all the construction activities..

7. Are you better off today than 2 or 4 years ago?

What I am suggesting is to base your voting choices by empirical evidence. This is one way you can judge for your self how things are going in general.

I am asked often by people what stocks to buy or invest?

My answer is simple. Buy the companies you know. If you go around town and walk past an Apple store, if you see mass crowds there, then you know people are buying their products...

If you go stop for coffee at a local Starbucks and see the lines and the people sitting around on their laptops typing know this company is doing something right.

If you see your kids and their friends ordering stuff online and having packages delivered to their apartments from Amazon, you know where the business is being conducted.

By the same token, when you go to a local shopping mall and you see very few shoppers and stores closing and food courts sparely attended, it should tell you something.

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© 2018 Jack Lee


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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      2 years ago

      Health is challenge No. 4. While separate health deals have been cut with some Atlantic provinces, the failure to sign a new national health accord is a problem. Both sides are dug in and for good reason: the future looks old, grey and economically stunted. “For the first time in Canada’s history, there are now more seniors age 65 and over than there are children under the age of 15,” the Finance department wrote in their updated long-term economic and fiscal projections. They called this a “demographic tipping point” that will “have a negative impact on economic growth over the coming decades.” Pretty simple to see why Ottawa wants a long-term deal that holds down health transfers to the rate of nominal GDP growth while the provinces want more money to manage the grey wave. This is likely to end with Ottawa imposing its own solution on grumpy provinces.

      The amount of debt held by Canadian households has been on the rise for decades. However, it has now reached record highs.

      According to a Bank of Canada article posted in May, the Canadian household debt is around 170% of disposable income. In other words, the average Canadian owes about $1.70 for every dollar of income they earn per year, after taxes. That ratio is up roughly 100% from 20 years ago.

      It’s not just household debt, either. Corporate debt has also been on the rise due to super-low interest rates. For example, U.S. corporate debt is now at an all-time high of about 45% of gross domestic product.

      Low corporate bond yields have encouraged companies to borrow more heavily from the bond markets. With this capital, some companies have bought back shares or participated in mergers and acquisitions activities.

      Share buybacks help lift up or keep stock prices afloat. The easy access to capital might have fueled mergers and acquisitions activities at elevated valuations.

      Share buybacks only benefit shareholders if the shares were bought at discounted or fair valuations. On the other hand, they will destroy shareholder value if shares were bought back at excessive valuations.

      Meaningful interest rate hikes will put an end to the debt bubble. You can imagine that at such times, companies that carry lots of debt on their balance sheets can be in trouble.

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "We still have the best care in the world and we have the best medical devices and we invented most of the new drugs that save lives..." - I said this to Breakfastpop some months ago and now I will say it to You too: Canada has a higher life expectancy than the US. So, do what You will with that FACT.

      "catch up with us on National defense and paying your fair share of the UN and NATO" - I do not wish to catch up with You guys on bombs, killing and destruction. We have no need for aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons. Our threats here are more towards polar bears which are heading south due to global warming and ice melting. Also, the racoons are a bit of a problem but we're not going to bomb them out of existence. No, You can keep your bombs and your spending on the Military Industrial Complex.

      So, don't listen to me but listen to President Eisenhower (just two and a half minutes):

      All the best!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      2 years ago

      Things couldn't be clearer. If the Dems win, we regress. If the Reps win, we all win!

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      2 years ago


      What the democrats stand for above all is to oppose, and resist anything the president Trump does, or says he will do.

      They have not agreed with a single Trump action, and when their opposition is total, there is no room to negotiate, compromise or doing anything together for the benefit of the country or the people.

      Their focus on illegal aliens is simply for the purpose of giving them a path to vote democrat. When you drill down what the democrats are doing for them, it is political and not humane.

      They want to have the government run healthcare, but the government is not equipped to act like a business. They even failed running a brothel in Nevada.

      They also stand for corruption by the democrats as the way they run the government. And they also stand for taking out their competition the republicans. Not because the republicans are bad, but because the democrats want unopposed power of the government.

      They are for globalization, and opposed to nationalism.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      I just added a poll question. Please vote and tell us your choice for this year...

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      By the way, mr. happy, there is no catching up here. When your country and the rest of Europe, catch up with us on National defense and paying your fair share of the UN and NATO, then we should talk about paying for healthcare...

      Our is a free market based system or it used to be until Obamacare came along.

      We still have the best care in the world and we have the best medical devices and we invented most of the new drugs that save lives...

      What has your country produced? Just curious.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Just realized you are Canadian, so never mind about the last question. You have no real knowledge of what our healthcare is all about. Therefore, I wish you would stop commenting on something you have no experience. I would be happy to debate you on other social issues.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Just curious, Mr. Happy, are you happy with the current ACA? The full implementation kicks in in 2020. If you are happy with what the rest of western Europe has, socialized medicine, then you should agree with me that the ACA is a terrible law. It is not a single payer system and it is not a free market solution. It is a hybrid with the govenment dictsting a one size fits all health insurance policy.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Mr. Happy, thanks for weighing in. I will make the correction. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. If there is anything I can fix, let me know.

    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Get a grip already geez ... lol "Transgendered rights"? What is "transgendered"? It's "transgender", not "transgendered". It's not a verb. Goodness gratious! This just shows how clueless some conservatives are about social issues and people who are different then them.

      "Obviously, you cannot apply generalities to all Dmocrats" - Missed an "e" on "Democrats". I do appreciate trying not to generalize because right at the top of your article under "Democrats", it says: "against gun laws". So, there might be a few Democrats against gun laws but that is not correct to say about Democrats in general. It's not about being "against guns" as it is about having "secure gun laws". Like not giving guns to people with mental disabilities, or to people who are on the terrorist watch list - things of this nature.

      Also, there is no Democrtatic plan for (as it says at the beginning of your article) "More Muslim Refugees". No, the plan is to properly process refugees to determine who is a refugee, who is not and who has a right to apply for refugee status. That's the plan: to respect human rights and help those who are truly in need, trying to escape war zones, dictatorships and the like.

      "He rammed the ACA bill through" - About time Americans catch up with the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Neatherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Belgium ... should I keep going on? I could.

      No, I'm done for now. All the best!


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