Democrats need to start laying the Progressive Foundation for 2020 now.

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As other pundits in the national and local media have pointed out, It will be tempting these next several months to focus on the Popular Vote Loser’s (Presidents) tweets, outrageous comments and behavior, and potentially criminal acts that will be adjudicated in the courts.

Now that they will be in control of the House of Representatives, Democrats do have a responsibility to provide oversight of the Executive Branches actions that the Trump (Republican) Party failed to undertake. That is only right and proper.

Democrats and Progressives, in the federal government and in the state government offices they triumphed in, should also take this as an opportunity to advance progressive policies (both incremental and ambitious) that will further attract supporters in the rural, urban, and suburban parts of the country.  They should attempt to create bipartisan consensus with the Trump Party but be prepared to fight for and campaign on what the Trumpists obstruct in the Senate and the Oval Office.

There are eight legislative agenda items Democrats should promote in the House include measures that are also embraced by Democrats at the state and national level as well as progressive pundits. This includes:

  • An increase in the minimum wage. Democrats should fight for a $12.00 to $15.00 minimum wage, take any compromise that the Trumpists offer (as long as it is at least $10.00 an hour) and campaign in 2020 on bringing it up to $12.00 to $15.00.
  • Stabilize Obamacare and its subsidy programs. Democrats should also push for Medicaid expansion at the state level and Medicare expansion (allowing people 55 and older to buy into the program with gradual allowances for younger individuals) at the federal level. There should also be a continuation of the efforts to improve care for our veterans. Again if the Trumpists obstruct, Democrats and Progressives need to campaign on that.
  • Doing what supposedly the occupant in the White House wants and finally, after years of saying they would, approving an infrastructure program, based on mostly green energy, that would rebuild and modernize our roads, highways, electric grid, railways, shipping, and airline industries.
  • Improving broadband, especially in Rural Areas (assuming the Trumpists want their base to have access to real information).
  • A middle-class tax reform that includes increases in charitable giving, green energy purchases, child care, and college tuition tax credits and pay for it by taking away some of the tax cuts given to the one percent in the last congressional session. Let us see Trumpists go against that by advocating for the one percent over the rest of the populace.
  • Working to making all public-state colleges and universities free, incrementally starting with community colleges and gradually incorporating four-year universities.  Let us see Trumpists argue against that to the swing voters especially after they have tripled the budget deficit on tax cuts for the rich.
  •  Paid family and medical leave.
  • Promoting legislation and a constitutional amendment that protects our voter rights and seeks political reform on campaign finance and term limits for officeholders and staff. Again, let us see Trumpists speak out against this from the wrong side of history.

These reasonable and overdue legislative items are supported by a substantial portion of the American People. Democrats and Progressives need to show the people that they will lay the foundations for progressive governance now and fight the Trumpists all the way to 2020 if they stand in the way of the wishes of the people. This will be one of the keys to helping increase progressive influence among the electorate and sustaining it throughout the coming years.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/12/18065602/trump-pelosi-house-democrats-investigations-impeachment?fbclid=IwAR2vOWxDK-4enw8FbCp5X_0lBq6YZ0eNCLKJZEmzz0qFP_VvKDiRKRZi3SU

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/7/18065500/midterm-elections-results-2018-house-democrats-health-care?fbclid=IwAR0MtsUrqwBP4XQZxNqliZ4VAsw0bjZ37D1XFrBBQZNPwkVVk-Fp-iNRfXQ

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-let-progressives-fool-you-moderate-democrats-can-win/2018/11/07/37648218-e2b1-11e8-ab2c-b31dcd53ca6b_story.html?fbclid=IwAR0bj0n7TfnZzHfpg0PMG2Ljl_GOK00s_IvEh-Y88jILgWJQDNOy9ceuxo0&utm_term=.ed25d83cb600

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/what-to-do-with-the-democrats-progressive-darlings/575293/?fbclid=IwAR2t_jK4eRFwtadi3isC65SKaRWPjDrW3en_jNYZLvLOm-ph-QogQEYgWWo

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/opinion/democrats-midterms-rural-ohio-midwest.html

http://prospect.org/article/how-progressive-message-won-house-seats

https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/47/reconnecting-with-rural-america/?fbclid=IwAR2yElyB3uDgIiqEAz2289H5pM1coFPpwS4DeL-af06-wyMJG5JyjYOPRqk




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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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  1. Democrats and Progressives also should SHOULD protect a woman’s right to choose. And the Democratic party ought to stay out of the way of the progressives who may have well given them the blue wave that they got. With two of the new highly acclaimed women at the federal level being from DSA, its about time the Heritage Dems recognized that Progressives are actually a sizable voting block.

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