Similarities Between CPUSA & Democrats

This is taken from the DNC Platform 2008 and compared against the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA).

CPUSA: Immediate Relief. A moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. Reset mortgages so payments are affordable.
Democrats: We will ensure that the foreclosure prevention program enacted by Congress is implemented quickly and effectively so that at-risk homeowners can get help and hopefully stay in their homes. We will work to reform bankruptcy laws to restore balance between lender and homeowner

CPUSA: Assist deficit-ridden state and local governments so they can preserve services and jobs.
Democrats: This will include assistance to states and localities to prevent them from having to cut their vital services like education, health care, and infrastructure.

CPUSA: Fund “ready-to-go” infrastructure projects.
Democrats: We will start a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank that can leverage private investment in infrastructure improvements, and create nearly two million new good jobs.

CPUSA: Enact the Employee Free Choice Act to enable workers to form unions without intimidation and win higher wages and benefits, dignity and respect.
Democrats: We will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions and fight to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

CPUSA: Enact HR 676 the US National Health Insurance Act to provide universal health insurance with singlepayer financing.
Democrats: Health care should be a shared responsibility between employers, workers, insurers, providers and government. All Americans should have coverage …

CPUSA: Fully fund public education from pre-school through higher education and technical training.
Democrats: We will provide all our children a world-class education, from early childhood through college. We will develop innovative transitional job programs that place unemployed people into temporary jobs and train them for permanent ones.

CPUSA: No privatization of Social Security or Medicare. Expand and improve benefits.
Democrats: We will fulfill our obligation to strengthen Social Security and to make sure that it provides guaranteed benefits Americans can count on, now and in future generations. We will not privatize it.

CPUSA: Restore Civil Rights Act enforcement, affirmative action in employment, education, and housing.
Democrats: We will restore professionalism over partisanship at the Department of Justice, and staff the civil rights division with civil rights lawyers, not ideologues. We will restore vigorous federal enforcement of civil rights laws in order to provide every American an equal chance at employment, housing, health, contracts, and pay.

CPUSA: Preserve Roe v. Wade.
Democrats: The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right

CPUSA: Expand voting rights. Enact publicly financed elections, same day registration, voting rights for ex-felons, verifiable voting equipment, and instant runoff voting.
Democrats: We oppose laws that require identification in order to vote or register to vote, which create discriminatory barriers to the right to vote and disenfranchise many eligible voters; and we oppose tactics which purge eligible voters from voter rolls. We are committed to passing the Count Every Vote Act.

CPUSA: Restore Fairness Doctrine in media.
Democrats: We will encourage diversity in the ownership of broadcast media, promote the development of new media outlets for expression of diverse viewpoints, and clarify the public interest obligations of broadcasters who occupy the nation’s spectrum.

CPUSA: Ratify Kyoto Treaty and other climate change agreements.
Democrats: We need a global response to climate change that includes binding and enforceable commitments to reducing emissions, especially for those that pollute the most: the United States, China, India, the European Union, and Russia.

CPUSA: Enforce nuclear non-proliferation, work to abolish nuclear weapons.
Democrats: America will be safer in a world that is reducing reliance on nuclear weapons and ultimately eliminates all of them. We will make the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide a central element of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.

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