This blog is dedicated to discussion on the policies of the Democratic Party of the United States.
The Democratic Party in the US was founded in the 1890s on the abiding philosophy of classical liberalism which now came to be termed as modern liberalism in keeping with the times. This philosophy advocates social and economic equality, and so the party promotes the idea of a welfare state, among other things. In order to translate these policies into actions, the Democrats seek to provide government intervention and regulation in the economy which form the core of the party’s economic policy. Such interventions include the introduction of social programs, support for labor unions, universal health care and equal opportunity, consumer protection, and environmental protection.
Under the heading of liberalism the Democratic Party pushes for fair trade and a less militaristic foreign policy. On the contentious issue of abortion, the party makes a pro-choice stand which means that abortion may be performed when it is “safe, legal and rare.” On death penalty, the party is divided but those who favor it outnumber those opposing it.
In one area of the economy, minimum wages and progressive taxation, the party is however one in the belief that standard wage rates must be set and taxes may be increased when the need arises but higher taxes should be imposed only on higher income earners. Also, the Democrats would not have the government incur huge deficits since these affect government services negatively. The party thus advocates for low deficit budgeting as low deficits stimulate the economy.
On oil supply, the Democratic Party opposes increased drilling especially in the US. It wishes instead to find alternative energy sources and solutions. The party is in fact big on environmental care and wants to put the interest of the environment over business. In line with this stand, the Democrats want to maintain federal land under government control.
In foreign policy, the party strongly supports aid for disadvantaged countries, worldwide coalitions and multinational programs that benefit poor countries. It supports the United Nations and all its programs and activities.