What we as Democrats believe

Democrats believe in a strong central government that preserves our rights, protects our health and safety, ensures equal opportunity, stands strong against our adversaries, treats our allies with respect, and, most importantly, works for us, not vice versa. Some specifics: 1. Effective, fiscally responsible government. An Ayn Rand-style utopia is a pleasant but unworkable fantasy that ignores the fact that we must include the government when we pay for goods and services. Government provides much — armed forces, police, infrastructure, scientific research, the arts, safety nets for the most vulnerable, etc. — that private industry can’t or won’t. Taxes are analogous to fee-for-service, but

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