APPENDIX BTHE ANNOTATED PLATFORM
What follows is the framework of the Platform and material from the Listening to America PlatformMeeting reports that directly relate to each of the sections of the Platform. Please note that somePlatform sections are left blank because those sections were not addressed in sufficient detail in thePlatform Meeting reports. The comments below are quotations from individual participants orMeeting reports.
Littleton, NH, 7/20.
We the people should be citizen participants, not consumers of government.
Burlington, MA, 7/19.
The platform should make Democrats’ strongest case for why we should win in2008. It should be bold; it should connect the party’s core values and historic leaders, such as FDR andJFK.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 7/20.
When FDR ran for President, he was a centrist, but because circumstancescalled for it and the people demanded it, he implemented progressive programs such as WPA (WorksProgram Admin), the New Deal, and even Social Security – the same kinds of focus on the commongood that we need our Democratic Party and President to do now. FDR, like Obama was inheriting acountry in need of change, with a strong movement of the people demanding change.
Renewing the American DreamIntroduction
We see the economy as being the center of every major domestic and foreignpolicy issue that we discussed.
Jumpstart the Economy and Provide Middle Class Americans Immediate Relief
We need a starter plan that is thoughtful, fiscally responsible, and flexible sincewe are heading into a minefield of problems. We need to work the plan, and change it when it iswrong. We need to explain why we are changing it, without excuses, and keeping improving it until weget it right.
Rocklin, CA, 7/23.
Give rebates and tax incentives for builders and homeowners.