Monday, June 06, 2005

Why do Democrats keep doing things like this

A friend of mine informed me yesterday that John Edwards had basically rebuked the DNC Chair.

Here's the story
, if you happen to like diversions in myopia.

Here is what is not being reported in the news papers, just because guys like Edwards, and Biden, and Liberman, etc. feel they need to embrace that increasingly elusive center.

This is what Dean said:

However, I said that we were not simply going to criticize the president. We were going to make some positive suggestions as well. Here's what I think Democrats need to stand up for. We need to have pension portability so that pensions, as we move from job to job to job, the pensions follow us, they don't stay in the company. (Cheers, applause.) That great Democrat Jim Jeffords has been introducing this for 15 years. (Laughter.) George Bush has had his chance to fix the pension programs in this country. He has failed to do it. We need a new president and a new Congress who will fix the private pension plans. (Cheers, applause).

We ought not to allow people like Ken Lay to loot the pension plans of America while their companies are going down. Pension plans ought not to be controlled by companies. They ought to be controlled by the people who those pensions belong to, that's the working people of America. (Cheers, applause). Enron began around the time the president took office. Forty thousand Americans lost their pensions; another tens of thousands, just last week when the courts took away the United Airlines workers' pensions. This is a serious problem. The president has had his time; he has done nothing. Let the Democrats try to fix the pension program. We have a positive plan with portability and independent control outside these corporations who abuse the money. This is stealing to let pension plans go down. That money does not belong -- (cheers, applause) -- that money does not belong to these companies who are bailing themselves out of bankruptcies; it belongs to the people who they promised it to in their contract.

It has been set aside. We want these pensions in America to be independently run so that they are not looted in the throes of bankruptcy while CEOs make $30 million and $40 million a year. That is wrong. (Applause.) They have had their chance.

My Progressive Democrats, we ARE the center. Dean is handing Democrats winning language and strategy on a silver platter, and all one can find in the MSM are potshots from Edwards and Biden. I only hope that these words will spread by our word of mouth. These are solid American values, and it comes as no surprise to me, that they come from a Democrat.


At 10:31 AM, Blogger Dem-X said...

Word on the internets is that the media blew the Edwards / Dean disagreement out of proportion. Check it:

John Edwards' Blog

And I must say, as DNC Chair, Dean is off to a great start!

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Synthesis said...

It was definitely blown out of proportion, that is what the media does, and John Edwards seems to know this.

I believe Edwards and others need to know that when the media asks for answers to quotes like this one, they are asking Democrats to fight with Democrats. It isn't just about Howard Dean, this hurts our party.

No one is going to read Edwards's explaination, if anything, they will only see a CNN "headline" of "Edwards criticizes Dean, chair of the Democratic party." It makes our leadership look weak.

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Sue said...

What about Bill Richards? According to AP he's out there today distancing himself from Dean. Anybody know what Richards really said?

At 8:51 PM, Blogger johnnie said...

Richardson said that Dean was not the spokesman for the Democratic Party.

Silly me, I thought that was part of being chair...

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Synthesis said...

Whether those few corporate Dems like it or not, Dean IS the leader and spokesperson of the party. And he will be so until we have a presidential candidate.


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