Saturday, November 8, 2008

My Political Party Wish List

One of the things that I hope comes out of this election is a redefinition of the platforms of both major political parties. In the unlikely case that anyone with any clout is reading, here's my wish list. I want a party that is...

  1. Fiscally responsible. Maybe even conservative, in terms of not spending money we don't have.
  2. Environmentally responsible. Able to see that long term, we can't afford NOT to have strict regulations that protect the environment.
  3. For personal responsibility. Government programs should help those who are truly unable to help themselves. For those who are able to work, and but can't find jobs, we have a huge mess of an infrastructure that needs rebuilding. Let's get some public works jobs going. While we're at it, let's raise the minimum wage to something a person can actually live on without further assistance.
  4. Pro consumer and pro-small business. Regulate big business to protect consumers, small business, and the Earth, but let the little guy have the freedom to grow.
  5. Globally aware. Recognize that we live in a "small world," and cooperate with other nations.
  6. Fair. Tax the wealthy and corporations fairly, and stop making the rest of us carry their load. It's become clear that profits don't "trickle down." They go into the pockets of the CEO.
  7. Unintrusive. Stay out of my religion, and let me make my own decisions about my health and education.