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Why am I a Democrat in Utah? PDF Print E-mail

I understand the challenge of being a Democratic candidate in Utah. Nevertheless, I love the inclusive nature of the party, and the freedom I feel to speak my own mind. I have observed a willingness to engage in civil discourse and a mutual respect for the political process and for the people in our state, both from other Democratic candidates and legislators in this state, as well as from people passionate about their causes. It is a great thing to see American government functioning under a multi-party system. It allows for a greater diversity of ideas and solutions to make it to the table. With balanced representation, these ideas and solutions can be debated, refined, and instituted. Isn't that better than trying to provide all the answers from the same mindset? Too bad that balance does not exist in Utah government.

I saw an article in today's paper (7/5/06 Daily Herald, D-1) mentioning the need for more women in engineering. Christine Hailey, associate dean of the college of engineering at Utah State University, said that “If you recruit only one kind of person, you have less creative design solutions than if you recruit a spectrum of people.” What a great comment! I believe we need creative and innovative solutions to address specific weaknesses in our state, such as education, affordable health care, transportation and energy issues, and the needs of our growing population of seniors. We can and should look to other states for ideas, but our specific demographics and resources demand we come up with exciting, new ideas as well. What a great incentive for insisting on a representative government.

Our politics are born from our values, and Democratic values are about improving the lives of our fellow Americans. I don't feel comfortable improving my life situation at the expense of someone else. That is what many recent tax changes have done by decreasing the percentage of taxes to the wealthy and shifting a higher tax burden on the middle class. I know that many of our lower-income, fixed-income, and minority populations in our state are unable to improve their lives for various reasons. Helping them is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing. Why? Well, when incomes grow, the economy grows. When everyone is educated, opportunities for personal and economic growth increase, as does one's ability to be self-reliant. When opportunity is stifled or ignored, costs rise and dependency grows. Cooperation makes sense.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 October 2006 00:11
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