The Pelosi Agenda
I'm on record as saying that there is plenty of reason to be excited to vote for Democrats next month even if they offer zero new positive ideas. Republicans are ruining the country - vote Democrat. That's my slogan. But for those of you who want to rest on an even more constructive agenda (or for those people you know who do), Nancy Pelosi has announced her immediate legislative agenda should she become Speaker of the House in a Democratic takeover. She's not thinking about 100 days. She's thinking about 100 hours.
The plan? First, lobbyist reform to keep corporate lobbyists from having too direct of a role in the legislation process. Second, enact all the reforms recommended by the 9/11 commission. Third, raise the minimum wage.
Then, in order: Cut the interest rate on student loans, Medicare reform that will allow the govt. to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices, expand federal funding of stem-cell research, then implementing budget restrictions that would keep the deficit from expanding.
Sounds pretty good to me. I'd like to see House Democrats/candidates embrace this agenda and keep touting it, and not have it disappear like so many other Democratic attempts at this kind of promise.