Wednesday, August 4

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Conneticut was among the first speakers to greet the Washington State caucus at the convention. Representative DeLauro chaired the platform committee, and came to talk about the party's vision going forward.

"Something has gone fundamentally wrong in Washington [D.C.]," she said. Then she asked the audience to consider "What values guide the people in power today?"

DeLauro wondered whose values gave tax cuts to the wealthiest, while leaving the nation in debt. She said that over half of Washington State taxpayers got less than a $100 tax cut, when some individual taxpayers got as much as $93 million in tax reduction. She said that people all over the country are tired of debt and lost jobs. In her own state, she said that around 40,000 had lost jobs, and that the figure was around 67,000.

DeLauro said there was a desire not only for fiscal responsibility, but for services that can only come with responsible fiscal policy. She mentioned environmental stewardship, making healthcare a right for everyone, and real respect for the troops.

She said that starving the government of resources only cut its obligations to the public. DeLauro said Kerry and Edwards won't be listening to Bush confidante Grover Norquist who famously said, "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."

DeLauro said that the country shouldn't be run on the principle of everyone for themselves, because we're all in it together.


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