Policy Shop (2019)

Policy, Plans and Proposals: Drawing Distinctions
More than any other race, be it for city council or governor, the campaign for president focuses on character.  The candidates' positions on issues can be lost amid questions about electability or who is up and who is down in the polls.  The positions of current and former elected officials are a matter of public record, but a presidential campaign provides an opportunity to introduce, re-frame and advance ideas to a broad audience.  Drawing distinctions on policy can help a candidate emerge from the field.  At the center of the discussion is the role of the federal government; candidates approach these issues with varying mixes of ideology and pragmatism.  One could also add realism.  In this era of divided government and an ever escalating national debt, it is not enough just to introduce policy proposals, candidates should address if they could be adopted and how they would be paid for.  Some of the candidates are offering bold, ambitious and specific plans, while others have been very cautious or outlined only broad themes.  In this sense a candidate's approach on policy does provide insights on his or her character. 

The process of developing and presenting policy is also worth considering.  Current officials may have sizable policy staffs and advisors, and can introduce actual legislation or sign actual bills, but they still need to translate those activities to the campaign trail.  Depending upon its resources, a campaign's policy team may be tiny or in some cases even relegated to consultants, or it may have a robust operation.  Not infrequently a candidate may roll out a policy in the days leading up to or coinciding with an issue specific forum, for example on gun violence or with a labor group.  The candidate may deliver a speech before a think tank or interest group  or in a key state or take a lower key approach such as an op-ed.  Several candidates have taken to posting policy on Medium.  Policy rollouts are often accompanied by emailed ICYMIs (in case you missed it) and WTASs (what they are saying) and sometimes tied to fundraising appeals.  The candidates' websites show a range of approaches to presenting policy; most have in-depth issues section or a more general vision section, but on some policy appears as an afterthought.

Below is a fairly thorough list of policy plans and proposals by subject.  It is limited to rollouts from the campaign trail.and does not cover legislative announcemens from congressional/Senate offices (+).  IIt does not include every single policy announcement; one or two have likely gone unnoticed and t is missing some lower key announcements, for example by op-ed Nonetheless, the list does give a good sense of the areas of discussion in the Democratic primary campaign.  One can see the heavy emphasis on domestic policy, in particular a focus on justice.  Although the 2016 primary included discussion of race in America influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement, the discussion in 2019 has delved deeper into specific policy solutions for addressing structural injustice and achieving racial equality than perhaps any previous presidential campaign.  Noticeably absent from the discussion thus far are federal deficits and the debt.  See the candidates' websites (bottom of page) for more information on candidates' policies and positions.


Policy Plans and Proposals by Subject    
Note to campaigns and supporters: If you see a policy or plan I've missed please call or email: action08 @ gmail
- as of Nov. 1, 2019 -

CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Booker (end exploitation in sports)  |  Bullock (Americans with disabilities, women's equality)  |  Buttigieg (empowerment of Black America, women's agenda)  |  Castro (foster care)  |  Delaney (Black America, Cities Fair Deal plan, digital privacy and technology)  |  Gillibrand (family bill of rights)  |  Harris (equal pay, invest in HBCUs and Black entrepreneurship, economic opportunity for people with disabilities, children's agenda)  |  O'Rourke (women's equality)  |  Sestak (social and racial justice)  |  Williamson (Department of Children and Youth, reparations)
Criminal Justice: Biden  |  Booker  |  Buttigieg  |  Castro (policing, criminal justice)  |  Gillibrand  |  Harris  |  O'Rourke  |  Sanders (criminal justice, marijuana)  |  Warren (criminal justice, prisons)
Gun Violence, Domestic Terror, Hate Crimes: Biden  |  Buttigieg  |  Booker (gun violence, hate |  Castro  |  Harris (gun violence, hate)   |  Klobuchar O'Rourke Steyer  |  Swalwell  |  Warren
LGBTQ+:
Bullock  |  Buttigieg  |  Gillibrand  |  Harris  |  O'Rourke  Warren  |  Williamson
National Service:
Buttigieg  |  Delaney, 2  |  Moulton   |  Steyer
Seniors:
Biden  |  Buttigieg  |  Gillibrand (expand Social Security, aging with dignity)  |  Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke  |   Sanders
Tribal Nations and Indigeneous Peoples:  Buttigieg  |  Castro  |  Harris  |  Sestak  |  Warren


DEFENSE, NAT'L SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Warren  |  Moulton  ||  Bennet (election security)  |  Biden  |  Buttigieg  |  Delaney  |  Gillibrand  |  Sestak (Israel)  |  Warren (corporate influence at the Pentagon, rebuild the State Department)  |  Williamson (foreign policy, Department of Peace)
Veterans: Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke  |  Warren


THE ECONOMY

Booker (EITC expansion)  |  Bullock (economic inclusion)  |  Buttigieg (disaster preparedness)  |  de Blasio (tax plan, automation ("robot tax")  |  Delaney (entrepreneurship czar, infrastructure, living wage)  |  Harris (equal pay)  | Hickenlooper (National Strategy for a Working America)  |  Inslee (clean energy economy)  |  Klobuchar (infrastructure)  |  Moulton (tax reform)  |  O'Rourke (women and minority owned businesses, trade)  |  Ryan (industrial plan)  |  Sanders (21st Century Economic Bill of Rights, income inequality tax, corporate greed and corruption)  |  Steyer (economic framework)  |  Warren (ultra-millionaire tax, child care, corporate profits tax, tech reform, debt relief for Puerto Rico, economic patriotism, Small Business Equity Fund, value the work of women of color, financial sector, averting economic crash, trade, Social Security)
Agriculture and Rural America: Biden  |  Buttigieg  |  Bullock  |  Delaney  |  Gillibrand  |  Harris  |  Inslee  |  Hickenlooper  |  Klobuchar, 2  |  O'Rourke  |  Sanders  |  Sestak  |  Warren, 2
Housing: Bennet  |  Booker  |  Castro  |  Delaney  |  Harris  |  Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke  |  Sanders  |  Warren
Labor: Bennet  |  Biden  |  Booker  |  Buttigieg  |  Castro  |  de Blasio  |  Inslee  |  Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke  |  Sanders  |  Warren  ||  Unionizing Campaign Staff (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


EDUCATION

Bennet  |  Biden (public education, education after high school)  |  Bullock  |  Castro  |  de Blasio  |  Harris (teacher pay, HBCUs)  |  Inslee  |  Klobuchar (federal-state partnerships, post-secondary)   |  O'Rourke  |  Ryan  |  Sanders +  |  Sestak  |  Warren (student debt, early childhood, public education)  |  Williamson


ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Climate Change: Bennet  |  Biden  |  Booker  |  Buttigieg  |  Castro  |  Delaney 2  |  Harris  |  Inslee (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)  |  Gillibrand  |  Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke  |  Sanders  |  Steyer (1, 2)  |  Warren  |  Yang
More: Booker (strengthen EPA)  |  Bullock (public lands)  |  Castro (invest in renewable energy)  |  Warren (public lands, green manufacturing, environmental justice)


HEALTH CARE
Bennet (rural health care)  |  Biden (protect and build on the ACA)  |  Buttigieg (rural health, Medicare for All Who Want It, cost of prescription drugs)  |  Castro (lead exposure)  |  Delaney (framework, drug prices)  |  Harris (prescription drug costs, Medicare for All)   |  Sanders (Medicare for All, medical debt)
Mental Health: and Addiction: Buttigieg  |  Delaney (mental health, opioid epidemic)  |  Gillibrand  |  Klobuchar  |  Moulton  |  Warren (opioid crisis, financing Medicare for All)
Reproductive Rights: Booker  |  Gillibrand  |  Harris  |  O'Rourke  |  Warren
 

IMMIGRATION
Booker  |  Castro  |  Harris  |  Inslee  |  O'Rourke  |  Warren  |  Williamson


POLITICS IS BROKEN
Bennet (clean up corruption and strengthen our democracy)  |  Biden (government works for the people)  |  Bullock (shorten campaigns/restore our democracy)  |  Gillibrand (Clean Elections, restore our democracy)   |  Hickenlooper (protect voting rights)  |  O'Rourke (cabinet town halls, voting rights and democracy reform)  |  Sanders (media reform, corporate money out of politics)  |  Steyer (fix the broken political system)  |  Swalwell (transparency and free press)  |  Warren (no president is above the law, strengthen our democracy, end Washington corruption, congressional independence from corporate lobbyists, tax on excessive lobbying, restore trust in the federal judiciary, big money out of politics, political influence of market-dominant companies)
          
  
             Ed. note: One point of this section, in addition to allowing for comparision of the plans, is to present them in a uniform style without fancy formatting and images. 

             However, removing formatting can also take out external links which contain interesting citations and references.  See the campaign page for those links.

Democrats
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
michaelbennet.com/vision/
proposals
Senate
Priorities
Legislation
Voting Record
Congress.gov
Fmr. VP Joe Biden
joebiden.com/joes-vision/
proposals
Congress.gov
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker
proposals
Senate
Priorities
Congress.gov



Gov. Steve Bullock
stevebullock.com/one-big-idea/
proposals
Governor
Issues
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
meetpete.org
peteforamerica.com/issues/
proposals
Fmr. HUD Sec. Julián Castro
proposals



Mayor Bill de Blasio
proposals
Fmr. U.S. Rep. John Delaney
www.johndelaney.com/issues/
proposals
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
House
Issues
Congress.gov



U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
kirstengillibrand.com/issues/
proposals
Senate
Issues
Congress.gov
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris
Our America
proposals
Senate
Congress.gov
Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper
proposals



U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
proposals
Senate
Issues
Congress.gov
Mayor Wayne Messam
wayneforusa.com/   priorities



Seth Moulton for America
sethmoulton.com/#issues
proposals
House
Issues
Congress.gov
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
proposals
House
Issues
Congress.gov






Author Marianne Williamson
www.marianne2020.com/issues
proposals



Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
www.yang2020.com/policies/
proposals


 


               Republicans              

Donald J. Trump
www.promiseskept.com/




Mark Sanford
Joe Walsh

Bill Weld
   




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