Barish, Lawrence S.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / State of Wisconsin 1991-1992 Blue Book
Wisconsin political parties, pp. -868 PDF (16.1 MB)
844 WISCONSIN BLUE BOOK 1991-1992 The United States must lead the world in halting the spiraling arms race, which impoverishes the world's people and threatens their survival. The United States Defense Department and the United States Treasury Department should not guarantee bonds issued by foreign governments to purchase arms. We urge as a high national priority negotiation toward the eventual total nuclear disarmament of all nations. We recognize that a vital step towards this goal is a multilateral, verifiable, comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty. We must reject the costly, destabilizing and impractical SDI program; ban chemical, biological and space weapons; and create an international disarmament inspection agency. We should negotiate a reduction of forces in Europe and declare a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons. Our strength as a nation is not measured by the size of our arsenal but rather by the welfare, health, education, productivity and character of our citizens. Therefore, let us curb excessive and wasteful military spending, reject costly and destabilizing new weapon systems, and develop plans for conversion of war industries to civilian production. We should foster peace by reducing our arms exports and our troop strength abroad, and by implementing a genuine national-academy of peace. We support vigorous enforcement of the War Powers Act and an end to military adventurism. Our foreign policy should promote fair multilateral trade, mutual arms reduction, a good neighbor policy of non-intervention in Latin America, and a just Mideast settlement. Our economic aid should be allocated on the basis of meeting human needs. We oppose racism, including apartheid. We oppose military and economic aid to other regimens that violate human rights. Our government should work through the United Nations and other international organizations to guarantee equal rights for all women of all nations. We should offer refuge to victims of oppressive regimes, regardless or political persuasion, and promote fair immigration policies. We should support the growth of democracy in Eastern Europe and provide maximum safeguards for balanced trade and free trade unionism. HUMAN CONCERNS We reaffirm the Democratic Party's commitment to the equality of rights, privileges, and opportunities for all individuals, without regard to race, color, sex, marital status, age, class, occupation, income, national origin, ancestry, disability, physical appearance, living arrangements, sexual orientation, and political or religious preference. We support expansion and effective enforcement of civil rights and anti-discrimination legislation. We oppose sexual stereotyping, particularly in education, jobs, wages, and the written and spoken word. We support the concept of pay equity. We support strict enforcement of the Constitutional principles of separation of state and church. We assert that everyone should have the opportunity to lead dignified, healthy, useful and secure lives free of abuse, with the assurance of adequate health care; safe, accessible, affordable and sanitary housing; and an acceptable standard of living. Familyplanning services should be readily accessible, rendered in confidentialit without governmental interference. We support the right of individuals to make their own independent mora, religious, philosophical and medical decisions, including decisions regarding reproduction and death with dignity. We demand adequate funding for health care, rehabilitation, housing, education and employment opportuni- ties for all veterans who need assistance. We support funding for addressing the drug issue as primarily a health problem rather than a legal problem. We demand adequate funding for research, treatment, human care and public and school education to halt the AIDS epidemic. We support legislation to prevent discrimination against people with AIDS, and/or positive Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) persons or their families. A sound and adequate system of human services, including Social Security, Medicare, catastrophic health insurance, unemployment compensation and medical assistance is essential. We favor establishment and support of programs for the aging and developmentally, mentally or physically disabled, including subsidized home care and long-term care. We call upon the federal, state and local governments to abide by all treaties with Native American Nations. Education is critical to our democracy. Education underlies a strong economy, a strong defense, a strong system of justice, and freedom from poverty. We urge the federal government to assume its responsibility for improving the funding of public education, both directly and by means of student financial aid. We oppose privatization of any educational functions which is currently publicly funded. Our state education policy should promote increased cooperation between local school boards and state government in educating children to develop their full intellectual, emotional, physical and social potential. State government should help provide affordable, life-long education. We endorse the funding of accessible and afford-able quality day care centers for children, supported by state and federal governments and private industry. Children have the right to educational opportunities in public schools and in self-supporting certified private schools. We encourage the implementation of students rights to participate in the governance of post-secondary institutions. Persons of all ages must be guaranteed access to information available in all public libraries throughout the state and nation. These libraries must be supported by all levels of government. RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT, CITIZEN & CONSUMER PROTECTION Government must be responsive to the needs and will of the people, while at all times protecting individual rights and freedoms. Government itself must conform to and abide by all laws. We urge public scrutiny of the budgets of federal agencies such as the CIA and National Security Agency. We support stringent supervision of regulatory governmental agencies so they regulate as established by law. We must reverse the deregulation trend. To secure political liberty and to promote true democracy, we must ensure freedom of information; make available public financing or campaigns; safeguard Constitutional protections and individual rights; and encour- age open, full and fair debate on issues. Government must strengthen and rigorously enforce all consumer and worker protection laws. Government must deal effectively with crime, protecting the rights of victims, witnesses and the accused. Individuals must be secure against injury to person and property. Public financing of legal representation of indigent defendants must be maintained. Court ordered restitution for victims must be vigorously enforced, and witness protection programs expanded. Adequate levels of funding must be maintained to protect lawfully against all crime, including white collar crime, government contractor fraud; juvenile crime and illegal traffic ing in controlled substances. We support equitable sentencing commensurate with the crime. We oppose the death penalty. CONCLUSION In conclusion, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will provide the leadership on both the state and federal levels to better the lives of all individuals and to defend and protect the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
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