Note to Howard Dean: Better Work on That Platform

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From Sunday's Meet the Press:
MR. RUSSERT: [...] What do the Democrats stand for?
DR. DEAN: Tim, first of all, we don't control the House, the Senate or the White House. We have plenty of time to show Americans what our agenda is and we will long before the '06 elections.
MR. RUSSERT: But there's no Democratic plan on Social Security. There's no Democratic plan on the deficit problem. There's no specifics. They say, "Well, we want a strong Social Security. We want to reduce the deficit. We want health care for everyone," but there's no plan how to pay for it.
DR. DEAN: Right now it's not our job to give out specifics.

We've got historically large and growing deficits. We've got Republicans threatening to cut essential safety-net programs to fund capital gains tax cuts. We've got an AMT problem that really ought to be resolved by the end of the year. Pretty specific plans are needed to confront this stuff. So can anyone explain to me why Dean's answer is NOT a completely lame and wrong response?

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