In 2008 I read far to much here on Daily Kos and elsewhere proclaiming that Progressives were moving into an age of a permanent majority. That was nothing more than hubris. The wake up call came quickly and harshly in 2010 with the loss of control of the House and a majority we kept in the Senate only by the mistakes of our opponents.
We and Barack Obama just won an historic election. In some ways, this election was a bigger deal and more improbable than the first time. We probably have a few more days where we can unabashedly celebrate. Let's enjoy these day, but remember we have hard work ahead. This election does not mean we have a permanent majority. Don't fall into the trap of a self-defeating overreach with boasts and bluster of our ruling permanence.
Four specific points below the fold.
The US is a rich country. We can afford to take care of the sick. What we can't afford is to continue to pay what we are being charged for that care. The US pays upwards of twice as much on healthcare as any like economy, but our healthcare outcomes are worse. The solution is not to cut benefits. The solution is to raise standards and cut costs.
There is a moral imperative to provide healthcare to our children, sick and elderly. Cutting benefits should not be an option.
Recently I read on these pages that forcing Senate repubs to actually filibuster would require democrats to maintain enough people 24x7 to make quorum calls and Senators might have to sleep on cots! Heaven forbid.
William Dunkelberg is quoted by ABC:
Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, echoed that criticism of the administration's efforts, dubbing the jobs summit "a political show." Dunkelberg gave the administration a "D" on creating new jobs.
"There's been a lot of money spent and authorized, but it really hasn't been very effective at delivering job creation," he told ABC News' business correspondent Betsy Stark.
Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee are getting in the way of health care reform. CALL THEM and let them know how you feel about them siding with Republicans to stop health care reform.
Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) says there is "no alternative" but to have healthcare legislation bypass his Energy and Commerce Committee if Blue Dog Democrats don't accept a deal worked out Friday.
Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee
Mike Ross (AR-4) (SPOKEPERSON)
DC Phone: 202-225-3772
DC Fax: 202-225-1314
Barrow, John (GA-12)
p: (202) 225-2823
f: (202) 225-3377
Gordon, Bart (TN-06)
Phone: (202) 225-4231
Fax: (202) 225-6887
Harman, Jane (CA-36)
Phone: (202) 225 8220
Fax: (202) 226 7290
Hill, Baron (IN-09)
phone is (202) 225-5315
fax is (202) 226-6866
Matheson, Jim (UT-02)
Phone - (202) 225-3011
Fax - (202) 225-5638
Melancon, Charlie (LA-03)
Phone: (202) 225-4031
Fax: (202) 226-3944
Space, Zack (OH-18)
ph: (202) 225-6265
fax: (202) 225-3394
The other day I was talking with my mom. She was a Clinton supporter, and despite being a lifelong Democrat, her feelings about Obama were tepid at best. She also had trouble saying anything particular about Obama other than she had a general sense of unease about him.
I proceeded to launch into a bit of a diatribe about how Republican's are very good at making those on the left uncertain about our leaders. They are practiced in invective and produce a steady stream of it, most of it untrue, but often with a grain of truth or at least an idea that fits into our preconceived notions.
At any rate, my mom has an extensive e-mail list (she's one of those people e-mailing bad jokes). She's also 67 and has figured out how to use a computer. I told her I wanted to send a political e-mail to her friends. When I started writing that e-mail, I came up with the two lists in the body. Let me know what you all think.
(updated with helpful feedback).
John McCain may have reconciled himself with the agents of intolerance, but this American, has NOT.
John McCain's selection for VP demonstrates the only American's he thinks are important are the most radical and extreme in American politics. Perhaps the worst VP-selection in a generation, his candidate is without ANY significant experience aside from peddling oil and committing an internal republican coup in the AK state house (some reformer). Her only value for the republican campaign (because she has none as a leader of our country) is that she puts a disarming spin on radical social conservatism. That and a healthy helping of SHOCK politics
More below the fold.
With our opponents selection of the unknown and unready some what scandal ridden, 20 month govenor of the 47th most populous state, we see a campaign agressively moving on into uncharted territory. They are abandoning as a central focus of their campaign attacks on Senator Obama's readiness to lead. They will keep up the rally call of his lack of experience, and use Palin as a foil to keep the conversation going, but it will no longer be the central thrust of their message.
From now on it will be "Country First."
Click "There's more..." for a further explination.
John McCain is reported to own many homes: 4, 6, 7 even as many as 10. One of his defenses is that these homes aren't really his, they are his wife's, heiress Cindy's.
But, does John McCain even own a home or have any permanent place of residence in his name?
How many homes one owns shouldn't be a consideration for who would make a good president, but I find something creepy about the idea of McCain turning 72 and not having anything in his own name (if that is the case). I am reminded of Kerry's campaign, when he put up a loan against his OWN house.
There are other things that shouldn't be considered for who would make a good POTUS, like being tortured. McCain has become quite found a reminding everyone of his long ago heroic plight. Unfortunately he does this to silence his critics right here at home in these United States. After all, who really thinks Putin gives a damn whether or not John McCain was tortured?