The political platform for the Democratic party in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika has been drafted and can be found here. The first plank on that platform is entitled, "Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class." Let's consider that plank for a while today.
Under the Democratic party's initiative to raise incomes and restore economic security for the middle class are several proposals. Interesting to me is the fact that how it came to be the business of government to raise incomes of a particular group of citizens is never explained. Nor are the phrases "restore economic security" and "the middle class" ever defined. In fact, there are no definitions whatsoever in this entire plank. I would at least like to know what we are talking about but the Democrats apparently believe that using words with no meaning is superior to actually making rational arguments. About the only thing that can be said about plank # 1 is it presupposes that civil government is a god, endowed with god-like powers to create jobs, income and wealth. No argument for that religious belief is presented, rather, it is simply presupposed to be true.
The first splinter in the plank is entitled "raising worker's wages" and it contains the following religiously held doctrine, "Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union and will work in every way we can—in Congress and the federal government, in states and with the private sector—to reach this goal." The religious belief that civil government has the omnipotent ability to increase the income of that majority of people who make up the lower 51% of the income population is fundamental to the Democratic party. It is a crucial part of their scam and an obvious attempt to procure the majority of the votes cast this November, thus allowing them to remain in power and keep career politicians in their seats. The simple economic fact is this....a government mandated minimum wage hurts the lower 51% of the income population because it increases unemployment within the category of those who are already marginally employed. Those who keep their jobs make more, that is true, but there are less total jobs, less total wealth and less economic growth when minimum wage laws are enacted. Democrats, and those who support them, do not care about this economic truth. They favor minimum wage laws because the enforcement of those laws hurts the entrepreneurial members of the upper 49% of the income population. Make no mistake, minimum wage laws are about envy and nothing else. Indeed, the entire platform for the Democratic party is little more than a classic example of institutionalized envy.
The second splinter in the plank is entitled, "Protecting Worker's Fundamental Rights." Can you guess what those rights are? In a moral society the civil government would function to protect the rights of those who choose to sell their labor services to profit seeking businesses by adjudicating disputes about the contracts between the two groups in an impartial and just way. That, of course, is not what this splinter is about. This splinter, like all splinters in the Democratic platform, is about creating a class of economic winners and another class of economic losers. Here is what it proposes to do, "Democrats will make it easier for workers, public and private, to exercise their right to organize and join unions. We will fight to pass laws that direct the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union if a simple majority of eligible workers sign valid authorization cards, as well as laws that bring companies to the negotiating table....Democrats believe so-called 'right to work' laws are wrong for workers—such as teachers and other public employees who serve our communities every day—and wrong for America. We will continue to vigorously oppose those laws." Did you get all that? If not, let me explain.
Democrats want people who make the voluntary decision to sell their labor services to a profit seeking business to be permitted to join with others who have done the same thing and create a union that can force the profit seeking business to pay them an above market rate for their services. To make sure that the employer will be forced to pay an above market rate for the labor services of the members of the union the Democrats need to exclude other workers who are willing to sell their labor services for the prevailing market rate. To accomplish that goal they promise to create immoral laws that require all people to be a part of the union, even if they morally oppose it, when 51% of those employed by the company favor unionizing. The democratic principle of the moral right of the majority to create and declare what will be done, regardless of the beliefs and practices of the minority, is clearly enshrined here. The Democrats praise their opposition of the moral right of every individual to negotiate a labor services contract for himself as an example of sticking up for the little guy and helping the poor and oppressed to not be exploited by profit seeking corporations. What they fail to acknowledge, and will never admit even under logically necessary arguments, is that their support for unions actually hurts more of the people it is theoretically designed to help. Unions have never been about helping poor workers. Unions have always been and always will be about using the power of government to force businesses to pay a wage higher than the market would bear to a small percentage of workers who are able to procure that government created privilege for themselves. Not surprisingly, unionized workers vote en masse for Democrats.
Under the splinter entitled "Supporting Working Families" (I have seen individuals working but I have never seen a "family" working. I wonder what that thing looks like?) I found this assertion, "Democrats will make sure that the United States finally enacts national paid family and medical leave by passing a family and medical leave act that would provide all workers at least 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child or address a personal or family member’s serious health issue." Well there you have it. The Democrats are able to force profit seeking companies to pay people to not work and, at the same time, increase their profits and create economic growth around the country. Only a god can do what the Democrats believe they can do. I especially like the provision that I can force my company to give me 12 weeks of paid vacation because my Uncle Joe checked into a rehab hospital, suffering from a serious "mental illness" or course, in what will be another vain attempt to dry out. What a country!
The splinter entitled "Helping More Workers Share in Near-Record Corporate Profits" contains this little gem, "Corporate profits are at near-record highs, but workers have not shared through rising wages....That is why, working with business, labor, and other stakeholders, we will incentivize companies to share profits with their employees on top of wages and pay increases, while targeting the workers and businesses that need profit-sharing the most." Do you know what a government created incentive is? It is a promise to tax you into oblivion if you do not do what the career politician and his lackey bureaucrat order you to do. This splinter illustrates the total economic ignorance to be found within the Democratic party. The Democrats are distressed that profit seeking corporations are making near record profits but are, allegedly, not sharing some or all of those profits with the people they have hired to provide labor services to the company. There is a good reason for that that the Democrats miss entirely. The people who are hired to provide labor services to the company are not members of the company. They are therefore not entitled to any of the profits. They are entitled to be paid precisely what they voluntarily agreed to be paid in their personal services contract but the notion that an employee is morally entitled to profits he did not earn or create is preposterous. I tell you what, if the Democrats really want to create this law they must also create another. When a profit seeking corporation suffers losses I want there to be a law that holds the employees responsible for their share of those losses. When losses mount the employees should be forced to dip into their personal savings accounts and cover them. That is, after all, only fair.
(I think we all know what the envy-filled Progressive's counter argument would be here. She would say that when a company realizes losses it is due exclusively to the mismanagement of the overpaid executives within the company. On the other hand, she would continue, whenever a corporation realizes profits those profits are exclusively the result of the labor services sold to the company by the employees. The overpaid executives have nothing to do with it. Could I ask for a better example of the irrational and religious nature of these doctrinal beliefs than that?)
The Democrats also promise to "Protect and Expand Social Security." Anyone who wants to remain a career politician must repeat this mantra about the insolvent Social Security system. There are way too many old folks in the country today to appease. Anyone who hacks off the old folks lobby will soon be forced to look for a real way to earn a living. So how do the Democrats propose to not only protect, but also expand, a fiscally insolvent government program? You guessed it. They will tax the top 49% of the income population more. They will also pay less of what was initially promised to those top 49% when it comes their turn to retire by enforcing a "means test" that really only means those who paid the most will get the proportionately smallest share back. This could only work in a democracy where the will of the majority establishes what is morally correct and the hapless minority is nothing more than a group of people to be plundered.
The last splinter in this first plank of the Democratic party is clearly thrown in to buy the votes of the members of the enormously bloated government mandated Postal Service. It is entitled "Revitalizing Our Nation's Postal Service" and basically just promises the people who work in this utterly unnecessary and grossly inefficient government bureau that their jobs are secure. That should be good for quite a few votes come November.
I conclude that the Democrats believe they have the god-like power to ensure economic security for those who vote for them by promising to use the hegemonic power of the State to take money from its most productive members and giving that money to politically privileged classes that they create. This activity is called "theft" by the God of the Bible and those who support and promote it are guilty of the sin of "envy." I have only one word for those of you who believe Plank #1 is a good idea......Repent!