Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Top Ten Reasons Utah County Democrats and Independents will not be "Assimilated"

In a recent article in both the Tribune and
Morning News Marian Monnahan said that because the Utah Democratic Party added planks in favor of traditional marriage and rights for the unborn to their platform they are no different than Republicans and therefore they should be assimilated into the Republican Party. Though I agree with the clarifications in the new Utah County Platform, there are many reasons why we are different than the GOP. The Monnahan remark reminded me of the old Star Trek episodes where the Borg wanted to take over the universe. I think the rallying cry of Monnahan is similar to the Borg claim: "Prepare to be assimilated. . . . Resistance is futile". Just another example of how the GOP myth makers are a message of control and we Democrats fight for freedom of choice in choosing our representatives. That is why I won't be assimilated and therefore offer my top ten reasons Utah County Democrats--and most people in the third district--will not be assimilated.
10. We stand for better funding of education and better pay for teachers.
9. We stand for clean air and water for our children.
8. We stand for comprehensive reform on immigration not one-sided platitudes focused solely on deportation or on the other hand creation of a sub-class of indentured servants that benefits only the benefactors of cheap labor--i.e. huge agribusiness.
7. We oppose elimination of an estate tax that is designed to stop mass accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few that goes against a broadening the gap between the richest of Americans and the poorest of the poor.
6. We stand for tax incentives for the middle class and small businesses instead of the vast majority of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans.
5. We stand for higher wages for workers.
4. We stand for transparency in government--not secret meetings where Enron gets to write the nation's energy policy.
3. We stand for an effective fighting force with a Congress that takes care of troops when at war by opposing cuts in combat pay. We also stand for veterans after they get home by fighting against cuts in veteran's health benefits.
2. We stand for educational opportunity for everyone. This includes opposition to elimination of Pell Grants and subsidized student loans-which my incumbent opponent voted to cut in Congress.
1. We stand for an independent voice in Washington, instead of a Congressman that just rubber-stamps the partisan leadership of people like Tom Delay. My incumbent opponent voted with party leadership 97% of the time.

We fight for the people's interest. We will not be assimilated and resistance is not futile.


Blogger Steve said...


Live long and prosper!

12:04 PM  
Blogger drew said...

Do you know the specific piece of legislation Cannon voted on that cut Pell Grants?

12:05 PM  
Blogger Christian Burridge for Congress said...

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Blogger Holly said...

What is the Democratic take on cleaning up some of the States Departments and Divisions? Some need to be modified, some done away with, while others need more or less power and support. Take the DCFS Division for example, what a waste of taxdollars, this Division needs to be reformed or shut down for unethical behaviors and practices. Recent activities by this division in the communities is appalling. They are in fact there to help aid families in need of services, when they are just homewreckers

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Blogger Emily For Utah Senate 28 said...

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Blogger Emily For Utah Senate 28 said...

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11:30 PM  
Blogger Emily For Utah Senate 28 said...

Holly -

I hope you are not serious about DCFS. However, because DCFS is a state department and not a federal department, I will answer this question. DCFS, specifically in Utah, has gone through a major overhaul in the last 10 years. They have shifted their complete practice model to a solution-focused based approach - meaning, they focus on solutions for families. You also need to take a look at the recent numbers. Utah ranks the *highest* in the nation for returning children to families. Utah ranks the *highest* in the nation for keeping children safe from perpetrators and abuse. Utah ranks *highest* in the nation in achieving permanancy when kids just are not safe to go home, or where parents relinquish their rights.

Also - if DCFS doesn't take care of the abused and neglected children, who will? Their sole mission is to keep children safe from neglect and abuse. Children do not have rights, and DFCS works to make sure that children are safe. They protect children. You are buying into a myth that DCFS ruins families, but if you were to actually learn about their mission, you would find that DCFS strengthens families. Simply doing away with DCFS will not solve any problems. Utah's DCFS is simply the best in the nation. And their goal *is* to keep families together, not to pull them apart as you so boldly claim.

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