We were originally going to use this column to discuss how the two political party conventions reveal the soul – or lack of it – of the Democrats and the Republicans. But on second thought, and after reading through the entire texts of both, we’ve got a better source for that mantle: The parties’ platforms.
Yes, we know, party platforms are usually filed and forgotten. Indeed, even presidential nominees have been known on many occasions to disregard them during the campaign and to reverse course completely once they achieve office.
Workers have only to remember Barack Obama’s promises about renegotiating job-losing trade pacts – and what he did once he took office – to get that point.
Still, the platforms are an even better index, because they reflect not just the views of the nominee, but of the party faithful, and particularly of its officeholders. So reading the platforms will tell you – as it did us – what policies the parties intend to impose should they win.
For workers, it’s no contest.More ...