The 2016 Democratic Party Platform Draft (July 1, 2016) is interesting. Having read some of it, I sincerely urge Democrat decision-makers to abandon their dance around the issues platform and follow the lead of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton is the presumptive candidate for president, but the party is risking the loss of some of the progressive vote if the final platform contains watered-down versions of Sanders’ core principles, as does the July 1, 2016 draft.
For example: Americans are demanding that government provide free education through the college level to all citizens, just like other industrialized nations have been doing for their citizens for decades. Sanders is proposing free tuition through the college level. The Democratic Platform proposes to “make community college free” for all, which constitutes only half of the Sanders’ proposal.
The platform also proposes refinancing student loan debt to a lower interest rate and cutting interest rates for future loans thus “…preventing the federal government from making billions of dollars in profit from student loans.” No mention is made of the billions of dollars being made by well-connected Wall Street bankers! And why should government make a profit from educating its citizenry?
Democrat kingmakers take note: the D.C. bubble is not the essence of America! The presidency is not guaranteed for Hillary Clinton! Do right by the citizens and they will reward you with positions of power. Deceive the citizens and they will vanquish your political aspirations.
Michael K. Broughton, Green Park, Mo.