By focusing his criticism on what he mistakenly perceives
as "tax and spend" economic policy, Adam fails
to identify how Republicans can address the most serious
problems facing our generation: higher education, the economy
and alternative energy.
In terms of funding higher education, the current Democratic
plan does call for increased aid to public institutions
-- in addition to cutting loan interest rates and providing
tax credits for families with students in college. Why do
Republicans think billionaires deserve tax breaks but not
working families supporting students who otherwise might
not be able to afford higher education?
Adam claims to expose "the Democrats intent on spending"
in every pro-student argument I put forth in previous piece.
To support this thesis, Adam cites Ann
Coulter, the right's premier racist,
pundit -- hardly a reliable source on Democratic energy
policy. Planning now for the looming oil crisis can hardly
be considered "co-opting" gas prices for personal
gain -- Democrats aren't focusing on alternative energy
for the pleasure of spending tax dollars, but are willing
to make tough budget decisions in order to sustain our country's
way of life. If we continue to put off making the hard decision
of ending our addiction to oil, we'll have much bigger environmental
and foreign policy consequences to face. It's worth it for
our generation to make the sacrifice and promote renewable
energy now, and the Democrats are the only ones looking
to even have a serious conversation about it.
the economy, Democrats certainly don't want to "punish
businesses" -- this is just more scary rhetoric that
detracts from actual arguments. Democratic economic policy
is based on one simple principle: don't spend what you don't
have. As evidenced by the aforementioned deficit, it's clear
that Republicans on the Hill don't follow the same rule.
Yes, unemployment is low and the economy is doing well --
but how long can we expect to maintain economic stability
if we continue to spend irresponsibly and rack up national
I agree with Adam that Social Security and other social
programs need to be carefully evaluated to make sure they're
serving people efficiently, but it's inaccurate to say that
Democrats aren't talking about those issues. They are and
will continue to do so. But to be frank, Social Security
and Medicaid reform aren't the most important things on
our generation's minds this November.
As I've demonstrated, Democrats have put forth superior
plans to ameliorate our position in the Iraq war, foster
economic growth, ensure higher education for more Americans
and promote our environment and national security through
investment in higher education. And while I'm the first
to admit that Democrats aren't perfect, it's about time
we trusted them instead of continuing to support the failing
policies of a Republican D.C. Our generation knows who's
exacerbating the problems we're facing today -- and we know
that Democrats are the right choice to get the country back