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  Green Left - Democrats present budget proposals
The Democrats propose a “minimum corporate tax rate” of 20%, to be levied on 75% of the difference between stated taxable income and publicly declared profits.
On the environment, the Democrats propose a carbon emissions tax and a 15% levy on the logging of native forests.
The Democrats appear to have some support on this minimum tax from the ALP left, perhaps because it was Labor that reduced the top corporate rate from 49% in 1983 to its present 33%.
www.greenleft.org.au /1994/137/10078   (873 words)

  Democrats of the Left - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Democrats of the Left (Italian: Democratici di Sinistra, where "di Sinistra" could be translated more correctly as "Left-wing", often referred to as DS) is the main Italian left-wing political party, part of the Ulivo electoral coalition.
A political placard of the Democrats of the Left.
The core of the democratic socialist party majority isn't related to a specific tendency association, although several smaller movements, splits of former centrist or center-left Italian parties, relate to it.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Democrats_of_the_Left   (668 words)

 Left Party (Sweden) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Left Party (Vänsterpartiet) is a socialist and feminist political party in Sweden, from 1967 to 1990 known as the Left Party - Communists (Vänsterpartiet kommunisterna; (vpk)).
Since 1998, Vänsterpartiet is in an arrangement with the Social Democrats and the Greens and supports the Social Democratic minority government in the Swedish parliament, as well as in many of Sweden's counties and municipalities.
In 1952 Democratic Youth (Demokratisk Ungdom) was founded as a broad youth movement, parallel to the existing Young Communist League of Sweden.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/V%C3%A4nsterpartiet   (2604 words)

 DLC: Valuing Patriotism by Will Marshall
Democrats' most important task is to articulate a tough but smart strategy for winning the ideological struggle against Jihadist extremism.
Democrats should demand an end to this disgraceful legacy of the Vietnam protest era, by denying public funding to schools that deny the Armed Forces access to their campuses (see sidebar).
Democrats ought to insist on a major expansion of the military, by as many as 100,000 troops.
www.dlc.org /ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=253472&kaid=124&subid=307   (2742 words)

 The Democrats' Divide - Policy Review, No. 108   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
To the extent that Gore did underperform expectations, the left argued, this was due to failings not with the message but with the medium — Gore’s apparent inability to seem “genuine” or to connect personally with voters — and to the “moral drag” on his campaign created by Bill Clinton’s many scandals.
The left wing of the Democratic Party still calls for government-supported job training, but it is now to aid “those left behind” by the recent prosperity, not for the salvation of the U.S. economy in general.
Few Democrats today would define their mission as championing the poor, or the disadvantaged, or “those who are different”; almost all seek to identify with the average American.
www.policyreview.org /AUG01/arens.html   (4715 words)

 Bear Left!: The Democrats Earned a D for Effort
Democrats have suffered too long from a misbegotten notion that they needed to be more like the Republicans in order to win.
Democrats can seize a number of issues in the next campaign that will simultaneously differentiate them from Republicans and broaden their appeal.
Democrats need to start describing the leaders of the Republicans in Congress as the extreme conservatives that they really are.
www.bear-left.com /original/2002/1217dems.html   (3486 words)

 From The Loonatic Left: The Democrats And The Filibuster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
From The Loonatic Left: The Democrats And The Filibuster
Democrats that attempt to stand in the way of the public are even losing support from their own party.
When the Democrats and the media play to that fringe, they are radicalizing their message and the radicalization of their message is not resonating with the majority of the public.
loonaticleft.typepad.com /loonatic_left/2005/05/the_democrats_a.html   (659 words)

 Guest Contribution: Wollman: Democrats: Turn Left
It is somewhat significant that, in the infamous 1994 election - which the Democrats lost and which seems to have led them/Clinton to move more to the center - liberals actually did better than moderate Democrats.
Yet others are saying that Democrats should avoid moving to the “left,” where presumably they would have a more distinctive message than preaching the mixed message of moderation.
Thus, if Democrats need a distinctive message, a liberal one seems more likely to bring success, at least at the congressional level that is relevant here.
www.buzzflash.com /contributors/06/01/con06047.html   (848 words)

 Left in the wings The looming fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party
Influential figures on the party's left wing are planning a long-term campaign to move the Democrats to the left, just as right-wing activists took over the Republican Party and moved it to the right over the past 30 years.
If the left's campaign is successful, it could transform the political landscape of the United States, changing the terms of debate and bringing dramatically different policies on local, national and international issues.
Leading the charge was the Democratic Leadership Council, a group of centrist Democrats who subsequently pushed the party rightward on crime, economics and foreign policy during the presidency of Bill Clinton, himself a council supporter.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1248517/posts   (2346 words)

 'Able Democrats, but left-wing all the way' - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Whenever the Democratic candidates encounter a political action committee, they preen and flex their six-pack abs for these special-interest groups, which I call "the Groups," like bodybuilders in a Mr.
But I began to think that the Democratic caucus sees the entire nation through the partisan prism of liberal states like California, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts, and believes that what is good Democratic politics there just has to be good Democratic politics from sea to shining sea.
My yardstick says the Democrats clearly win the vertical leap when "frog" is yelled by NARAL Pro-Choice America or by AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) with their 7.4 million members.
www.washtimes.com /national/20031104-120610-1191r.htm   (2280 words)

 The Democrats Need a Spiritual Left
For years the Democrats have been telling themselves "it's the economy, stupid." Yet consistently for dozens of years millions of middle income Americans have voted against their own economic interests to support Republicans who have tapped a deeper set of needs.
Instead of assuming that most Americans are either stupid or reactionary, a religious Left would understand that many Americans who are on the Right actually share the same concern for a world based on love and generosity that underlies Left politics, even though lefties often hide their value attachments.
Yet to take that seriously, the Democrats are going to have to get over the false and demeaning perception that the Americans who voted for Bush could never be moved to care about the well being of anyone but themselves.
www.commondreams.org /views04/1104-01.htm   (1000 words)

 The Democrats: and Left Masochism
Beyond the observation other speakers have made that the Democrats as a liberal party are tied into the system and always have been tied into the system, the Democratic Party beginning in the 90's specifically, even more than in the past, has been operating according to a seemingly peculiar political contradiction.
Democrats argue that the American public is in the middle, they simply have to go to the right to get elected, and so on and so forth.
In the past, liberals have been in the position of compromising with the bad cops of the left, watering down radicalism and substituting liberal reform proposals; now the people to negotiate with are on the right, yet liberals still have the same tropisms about civility and compromise and statesmanship.
www.wpunj.edu /newpol/issue31/willis31.htm   (1293 words)

 Bentley Democrats - Left Hook Archives
As a candidate for the Democrat nomination, Howard Dean was, to put it bluntly, horrible.
Prior to his meteoric rise, the Democrats were told they had no hope in 2004.
George Soros might be willing to throw down millions upon millions of dollars to help the Democrats win, but it is the average person that is the foundation of any liberal movement.
ecampus.bentley.edu /org/Democrats/arch/larch13.html   (601 words)

 Ramesh Ponnuru on Howard Dean on National Review Online
The resurgence of the Democratic Left is one of the places where they don't.
But if Republicans are moving to the center and Democrats to the left, that means both parties are moving leftward-that the center of gravity of American politics is moving leftward.
It is possible, of course, that the Democrats could suffer so massive a repudiation that conservatives would come out ahead, even given their left turn and the Republicans' reaction to it.
www.nationalreview.com /ponnuru/ponnuru070203.asp   (535 words)

 Chairman Howard Dean -- Driving the Democrats Further Left
The "Stop Howard Dean" movement in the Democratic Party has apparently failed, as the former Vermont Governor is now considered a lock to be elected as the next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Many party operatives and supporters were worried that his vocal advocacy of a very left-wing foreign policy will not be smart politics for a party in desperate need of reclaiming voters in the center.
This is bad news for party centrists and for those who had hoped to steer the Democrats toward the middle in 2008.
www.ntu.org /main/press.php?PressID=688&org_name=NTU   (332 words)

 Lean Left: Democrats to fight Republican Senate plan
Democrats would not be able to stop Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) from being recognized as Majority Leader on the Senate floor, but they are planning to prevent committees from reconstituting if the GOP does not meet their demands.
But that is exactly what Republicans are driving toward, after wresting control of the majority from Democrats in the midterm elections.
Without proper funding, the Democrats on the committees are hamstrung in their ability to do research, conduct interviews, etc. Lose this fight, and they are set up to lose many, many more, if no other reason than lack of resources.
www.leanleft.com /archives/000766.html   (236 words)

 Open Left
Democrats have a consensus in favor of withdrawal, while even Republicans have a slight majority in favor of it.
Democrats have promised to ease the pain by taking the money that would come from putting a price on carbon, whether through a tax or auctioning off pollution credits, and investing it in technological research, job training, tax credits for consumers who buy cleaner vehicles and subsidies for those hit hardest by rising electric bills.
And if, come 2015, electricity costs have indeed increased 30% under a Democratic administration, it will not only be difficult for Democrats to stay in office in 2016, but for his or her replacement to continue to seriously tackle the issue of climate change.
www.openleft.com   (5901 words)

 Untitled Document
One would think that after the political miscalculations the Democrats made during the 2002 and 2004 campaigns they would not make the same mistake a third time, but it is beginning to look a lot like Charlie Brown and the football again.
Perhaps the intensity of their left wing base and the overwhelmingly liberal press corps produces a disorientation among Democratic politicians and prevents a more realistic analysis of where the country’s true pulse lies on these issues.
One of the major problems working against Democrats is many on their side appear to be rooting for failure in Iraq and publicly ridicule the idea that we actually might win.
realclearpolitics.com /Commentary/com-12_19_05_JM_pf.html   (1274 words)

 Democratic Underground Forums - California's Democrats leaning left   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, blamed the party's inability to define itself to voters for the November debacle that cost the Democrats control of the Senate and gave Republicans even more power in the House.
The party's agenda must require it to be as tough on President Bush's domestic agenda as his international diplomacy, the San Francisco congresswoman added.
Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.
www.democraticunderground.com /duforum/DCForumID61/18729.html   (347 words)

 Untitled Document
Apparently, Democrats still have not fully grasped that the public has profound and long-standing concerns about their ability to defend the nation.
Perhaps the intensity of their left wing base and the overwhelmingly liberal press corps produces a disorientation among Democratic politicians and prevents a more realistic analysis of where the country’s true pulse lies on these issues.
One of the major problems working against Democrats is many on their side appear to be rooting for failure in Iraq and publicly ridicule the idea that we actually might win.
www.realclearpolitics.com /Commentary/com-12_19_05_JM_pf.html   (1274 words)

 California's Democrats leaning left / Delegates at party convention talk of returning to liberal roots
While California Democrats swept every statewide office in November and kept firm control of the Legislature, there are still concerns that the party is losing its way.
Some speakers at the convention openly questioned whether the state party and its leaders, under the crunch of a $35 billion budget deficit, have begun to cave in to the GOP on critical issues that matter deeply to California voters.
The council tried to move the Democratic Party to the right, and the results of the past two elections show that as a political strategy, "frankly, it failed," Sharpton told reporters.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/03/17/MN128965.DTL   (963 words)

 Hillary Clinton Is Booed by Anti-War Left - June 14, 2006 - The New York Sun
Senator Clinton was met with loud booing, hissing, and protest chants during a speech at a conference of left-leaning Democrats yesterday when she repeated her view that American troops should stay the course in Iraq.
Clinton as she left the stage, a group of several dozen continued booing her until she had left the hall.
Mention of the war exposed the widespread disagreement among left Democrats.
www.nysun.com /article/34404   (420 words)

 Bozell's News Column -- 08/18/2000 -- The Hard Left's Houston Convention
By any objective measure, the Democratic platform on these issues is more extreme, but you'd never know it from the omission specialists in the national press.
On homosexuality, the Democratic platform puts out more euphemisms, announcing their support for "the full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of the nation.
Perhaps the most ironic sentence in this year's exotic Democratic platform is this: "Democrats call for the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine by the Federal Communications Commission." If President Gore were to follow through on that one, we could expect conservative lawyers to drag the tapes of network convention coverage to the FCC.
www.mediaresearch.org /BozellColumns/newscolumn/2000/col20000818.asp   (585 words)

 Libertarians versus Left-wing Democrats
My Left-wing Democratic friends have told me that there is more to life than a desire for profit, but that if you permit any organization to focus on profit, it will become powerful.
I expect them to do this directly by gaining extensions to the length of copyright or indirectly by influencing schools to hinder technological change.
The second similarity between some Libertarians and some Left-wing Democrats is a favoring of `liberal social values'.
www.rattlesnake.com /notions/libertarians-left.html   (848 words)

 OpinionJournal - Extra
Hoping to unite early behind a candidate to oppose President Bush, the Democrats "front-loaded" their 2004 primary schedule so that everything should be settled by early March.
Yet moving to the left may be a self-defeating proposition for Mr.
Al Gore, the Democrat who lost the last presidential election by a hair's breadth, famously claimed in 1999 that while in Congress, he "took the initiative in creating the Internet." His party may end up wishing he hadn't.
www.opinionjournal.com /extra?id=110003689   (1157 words)

 The Transcript Online -- From the Left: Democrats must counter Bush's agenda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Congressional Democrats, led by Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., left five seats open on the House floor in an appeal to Bush to statistically adjust the recent census.
I applaud the Democrats for their symbolic gesture last week, although I doubt that it had any impact.
In the coming months, Democrats must do more than leave chairs vacant to ensure the passage of legislation that is fair and just, but this gesture was a good start.
transcript.owu.edu /030701/left.html   (749 words)

 The Democratic Party
With new deaths of Americans in Iraq announced today, this year has become the deadliest year for US troops since the war began.
The grim milestone is a reminder that violence in Iraq continues, yet the Republicans in Congress continue to block Democratic measures to bring our troops home.
Paid for by the Democratic National Committee — 430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington DC 20003.
www.democrats.org   (353 words)

 Michael Barone
Cultural conflict between Irish Democrats and Yankee Protestants may have been the focal point of Massachusetts politics for years, but since the mid-1960s both groups have embraced a Massachusetts liberalism that is a lineal descendant of colonial Puritan folkways and out of line with most of the nation.
On the other side are Democrats who are solidly opposed to Bush but who hope for American success in Iraq, as John Kerry has been careful to do.
Kerry needs to build enthusiasm among the left Democrats, who take, as Massachusetts since the 1960s has been wont to take, an adversarial stance toward American policy, but also needs to maintain credibility among center-left Democrats and the small core of undecideds across the nation.
www.jewishworldreview.com /michael/barone072604.asp   (781 words)

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