"Somehow we have to convince people w;ho vote in the presidential election to vote in the midterm elections. If they don't they have no reason to complains." Bill Clinton
A lease has been signed for 342 River Street to function as the Party Headquarters for the 2016 election season. We have moved in. The headquarters will be open as volunteers permit until after the primary in August, but on a more regular basis thereafter.
Manistee Dems Filling the Slate for County Commission
Six out of the seven County Commission Districts have declared and filed Democratic candidates The goal of having every position contested was not reached but we came close and have an extremely good slate. Below are the individuals who have will appear on the ballot.
1st District - Bernie Ware
2nd District - Alan O'Shea
3rd District - Brook Schafer
4th District - Karen Kolb
6th District - Karen Goodman
7th District - Bob Paetschow
Lon Johnson Announces for the 1st Congressional Districk
Next Regular Meeting and Open House
June 23, 2016
Headquarters Open House 5:30 PM
Food and Special Guests
Meeting 7 PM
Guest Speaker Lon Johnson
Candidate for 1st District Congress
Words from the County Chair
Can Democrats be Fiscally Conservative?
I was at a recent debate of local candidates for County Sheriff. In the Manistee County Sheriff race, there are two Republicans and our Democratic candidate, Ken Falk. All three were asked “How will your party affiliation affect the way you carry out your duties?” Ken and one of the Republicans stated that they would perform their duties without regard to party affiliation. This is a reasonable answer given the duties of our chief law enforcement officer. None of us want differential treatment based on politics.
Putting politics aside, I hope our next Sheriff manages the office with an eye toward Democratic ideals of social justice, equality, liberty, diversity, restorative justice, rehabilitation, and all of the rights and responsibilities included in our constitution. The County Sheriff can and should establish a culture within his or her department that promotes these ideals. Possibly these topic can be explored in more depth in the next debate.
The answer to this question from the second Republican candidate was a little more enlightening and much more concerning. He said he would be guided by Republican conservative values. His explanation centered on being fiscally conservative with taxpayer resources. Being fiscally prudent is laudable and promoted by Democrats. But the actions of prominent Michigan Republicans demonstrate that they have a much different definition of fiscal conservatism.
A closer look at Republican actions shows their policies have little to do with the public interest. Consider Governor Snyder’s decision to forgo payment of $150 per day to treat the water in Flint resulting in untold harm to children and millions of dollars in damages. Consider the Republican’s decimation of the Detroit Public School system resulting in further economic decline and poverty in Michigan. And look at the consequences of the Republican’s inadequate attention to our roads and infrastructure. All of these and more are examples of the Republican’s conservative fiscal policy designed to cut taxes for the rich while neglecting the needs of our middle class and lower income citizens.
Most Democrats especially in rural areas promote liberal views on social justice, equality, liberty, diversity, opportunity for all and the principles in our constitution. And Democrats also demand fiscal accountability from our public officials. Unlike many Republican officials, our brand of “fiscal conservatism” requires consideration of the consequences of failure to properly invest in the public interest.
Democrats recognize that budget cuts to slash taxes for the rich are much more expensive in the long run. Good outcomes from strategic investments in people and in infrastructure are much more effective than the short-term gains resulting from making government “smaller” at any cost. Our form of conservatism truly puts people first by investing in success for all and not just for a few. Based on this definition, it is not only possible for Democrats to be fiscally conservative but actually the prevalent position of most Democrats.
David Berns, Chair
Manistee County Democratic Party
2016 Don Jennings Awardee
It's not too early to think of who the 2016 Don Jennings Awardee should be
Annual Don Jennning Dinner
Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Little River Casino Resort
Keynote Speaker: Dale Kildee
Cash Bar, Silent Auction
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