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A look at the platform

October 28, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

A look at the platform

To the Editor,

I am a member of the Brooke County Democratic Party representing the Wellsburg District. I would like to explain the party's national platform and highlight some of its key points on Social Security, families and women's issues.

The Democrats oppose the privatization of Social Security and changing Medicare to a voucher system.

Privatizing Social Security would remove the word security and change the age-old pension fund to Social Market Risk. The Republican plan would have workers borrow money from their Social Security accounts, buying stocks on margin. The last time a large number of Americans purchased stocks on margin was just prior to the stock market crash of 1929.

The idea or shared prosperity comes from the understanding where labor, management and government come together to build the great American economy that will last. This begins when we invest in the United States where we out teach, out learn and out build foreign competition.

The Democrats see this country as a young nation where we insource jobs, not outsource them. It is easy to vote for the leaders of the Democratic Party on the great issue of our time! I ask voters to look to the apparition of FDR and hear his voice in his second inaugural address. "We of the Republic sensed the truth that democratic government has innate capacity to protect its people against disasters once considered inevitable, to solve problems once considered unsolvable. We would not admit that we could not find a way to master economic epidemics just as, after centuries of fatalistic suffering, we had found a way to master epidemics of disease. We refused to leave the problems of our common welfare to be solved by the winds of chance and the hurricanes of disaster ... Our progress out of the depression is obvious. But that is not all that you and I mean by the new order of things. Our pledge was not merely to do a patchwork job with secondhand materials. By using the new materials of social justice we have undertaken to erect on the old foundation a more enduring structure for the better use of future generations.

But it is not in despair that I paint you that picture. I paint it for you in hope - because the nation, seeing and understanding the injustice in it, proposes to paint it out. We are determined to make every American citizen the subject of his country's interest and concern; and we will never regard any faithful law-abiding group within our borders as superfluous. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little..."

Michael Traubert


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