Democratic Platform Pitches Economic Recovery Plan, Embraces Immigration Reform, Marriage Equality

The Democratic National Committee released a draft of their party platform Monday night, to be voted on Tuesday in Charlotte, NC. The platform not only lays out the party’s vision for the future but also articulates President Obama’s first term accomplishments and attacks Romney’s policies. Most issues are framed in comparison to radical Republican policies, affirmed last week in what was called “the most conservative platform in modern history.”

Here are some highlights:

  • Tax breaks for insourced jobs. “We want to cut tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas and for special interests, and instead offer tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in the United States of America, betting on American workers who are making American products we sell to the world that are stamped with three proud words: Made in America.”
  • Extend tax cuts for the middle class. “We are committed to extending the middle class tax cuts for the 98 percent of American families who make less than $250,000 a year, and we will not raise taxes on them. In order to reduce the deficit while still making the investments we need in education, research, infrastructure, and clean energy, the President has asked for the wealthiest taxpayers to pay their fair share.
  • Unrestricted abortion rights. “Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way.”
  • Clean energy by 2035. “An all-of-the-above approach to developing America’s many energy resources, including wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal, hydropower, nuclear, oil, clean coal, and natural gas.”
  • Stop Citizens United. “We believe we must take immediate action to curb the influence of lobbyists and special interests on our political institutions…by constitutional amendment if necessary.”
  • Pass the DREAM Act. “We need an immigration reform that creates a system for allocatingvisas that meets our economic needs, keeps families together, and enforces the law…Only Congress can provide a permanent, comprehensive solution.”
  • Close Guantanamo. “We remain committed to working with all branches of government to close the prison altogether because it is inconsistent with our national security interests and our values.”
  • Repeal DOMA, legalize same-sex marriage. “We also support the freedom of churches and religiousentities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference. We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples.”
  • Tougher gun control. “We can work together to enact commonsense improvements — like reinstating theassault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole — so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breakingfew.”
  • Build on Obamacare. “No law is perfect and Democrats stand willing to work with anyone to improve the law where necessary, but we are committed to moving forward…We refuse to go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your health policy, deny you coverage, or charge women more than men.”