This draft does not reflect Obama's and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's newfound (if overdue) openness to offshore oil drilling. Ergo: "We know we can't drill our way to energy independence." There are the usual salutes to biofuels and plug-in hybrid cars, which should "help free us from the tyranny of oil."
The draft platform says the Democrats can "solve the problem of four dollar a gallon gas" -- one hopes not with $5 a gallon gas. And the draft pledges to make America 50 percent more energy efficient by 2030, to make 25 percent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2025, and they'll double fuel efficiency standards -- no date on that.
The Democratic platform would raise the child-care tax credit, "provide every child access to quality, affordable early childhood education," and double funding for after-school and summer learning programs. Then, there's the commitment to special education and "transitional bilingual education."
A "new American Opportunity Tax Credit" would cover the first $4,000 of a college education for most Americans -- in exchange for which students will perform community service. It's a great way to create Democrats -- by putting practically every college kid on the government payroll.
How to pay for all these bright packages? Chances are that you won't have to give, but only will get, get, get. "We won't increase taxes on any family earning under $250,000 and we will offer additional tax cuts for middle class families," the Dems promise. Those making more than $250,000 will be "asked" -- "asked" (it's almost European) -- "to pay a bit more." The energy mandates will be funded "by dedicating a portion of the revenues generated by an economy wide cap and trade program" on greenhouse gases. It's barely worthy of mention.
Then the platform promises a return to fiscal responsibility. Really.