Letter to the Editor

To The Editor:

I believe that I speak for many Democrats when I tell you that I don’t like some of the direction that the national Democratic Party is taking.  I would like the party to be more like it was in the 1960s when it focused primarily on the bread-and-butter and kitchen-table issues that affect about 90 percent of Americans except for the wealthiest 10 percent.  I want the party to stand for enhancing the social safety net programs such as Social Security, as well as advocating for other social programs including a Canadian-style national health insurance program.  I believe that the party focuses too much on fighting against President Trump and the Republicans on the “identity-politics” and “cultural-war” issues.

While these issues are important, I worry a lot more, for example, about people who have lived good and responsible lives but who can’t afford to pay for and take their prescription medications that they need to be in decent health and often need just to stay alive.

I would also like to see the party have the courage and bravery to advocate for the passage of a “National Wealth Tax” of 15 percent on all individuals with a net wealth of $10 million and higher so that we will be able to pay for this new social spending, as well as to advocate for eliminating the $100 billion per year that is spent on “corporate welfare” and “business subsidies,” which will also help us to pay for this so that we will be fiscally responsible and not increase the national debt as well as the federal budget deficit.


Stewart B. Epstein