There's some truth to that. The democrats don't talk a lot about big, visionary plans like the Republicans. That's because the Democrats have become the new conservatives. They have a plan and a vision. It was drafted by the founders of the US and finalized as the constitution.
Progressive Democrats should proudly claim their rightful place as the new conservative party in the USA.
Right wing extremists, fascists and flat out traitors to the USA are aggressively assaulting the constitution in fealty to transnational corporations, extreme religious orders and cults, where sexual predation is rampant (Catholics and Southern Baptists in particular.)
--plans to eliminate protections to the environment, so they attack democrats for complaining about their assaults.
-plans to export jobs to cheap labor countries, using trade agreements like WTO, NAFTA and CAFTA. They bask Democrats for not having ideas. We have ideas. Keep our jobs here in the US. Don't sign agreements that destroy our industries and cost us tens of thousands of jobs.
-Plans to weaken or diminish worker protections-- From fighting living or minimum wage legislation to eliminating worker rights protections, the right wing republican extremists are working for big corporations, against the interests of the average worker. But they attack the Democrats for complaining, for standing up to these assaults.
-Plans to eradicate the separation of church and state that the founders clearly defined. They want to bring prayer into schools, vouchers to destroy public schools. They give money to churches that discriminate based on religious beliefs in their hiring. The Democrats complain. They want the constitution obeyed. None of this crap about judges legislating from the bench. That's a total lie, right wing spin.
The fact is, the Republican party and right wingers are no longer conservatives. The Progressive Democrats have become the party of conservatism-- preserving the classic values that our nation was founded upon. The Democrats are not proposing sweeping legislation aimed at social change. That has been the prime goal and behavior of the right wing extremists now in control of the whitehouse and the congress.
Do the Progressive Democrats have positive visions and plans? Absolutely yes. They have superb proposals for extricating the US from it's energy addiction, great plans for defusing the already hemmorhaging health care system that has begun destroying industries and mortally wounding our competitiveness abroad. Just look at the automobile industry for starters to see how badly the current health care industry is parasitically killing off good jobs and one of our greatest industrial resources.
But the Progressive Democratic plans are the opposite of the destructive plans of the Republicans, so the right wing extremists dismiss them.
No wonder they say we have no plans. It is time for the leaders of the Democratic party to fight back tough. When some rightwing nutjob uses this canned, kneejerk talking poing, which rightwingers are not used to getting responses to, Harry Reid, Hilary Clinton, Diane Feinstein and all the other limp spined Democrats who have been failing to stand up for the constitution, should snap back--
"Plans? Let's talk about your plans-- that took us into a war that shouldn't have been fought, that are de-regulating laws that protect workers, our environment, and we the people. Plans? We have plenty of plans that you don't like. You don't call them plans because they are directly opposing your BAD PLANS. And then, let's talk about your plans for the Occupation of Iraq. Great job there."