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  •  All those with disabilities and their familes (7+ / 0-)

    Were well served by parties who went out of their way to remember that one of the key goals of government is to help those who have difficulty helping themselves.

    When Dole (R) and Harkin (D) really pushed for ADA, they did so not because it was easy or because it was "small government", they did it because it was the right thing.

    It was an expansion of government to help defend the rights of the people, an attempt by government to give people rights who had been denied them.

    What Republicans seem to be totally missing now is that when they worked together with Democratic partners on common goals that reflected the realities of life, they did best.

    Harkin's work on legislation changed the life of millions of Americans.  It's the LAST major civil rights act passed by congress.. almost 20 years ago.

    A senator once told me that the greatest accomplishment of any legislator was to help make society a better place.   For millions of Americans, Tom Harkin did that.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:43:22 PM PST

    •  Well said, thank you. And the work is not yet (4+ / 0-)

      done.  I wonder which legislators will take up the mantle and lead?

      You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Foundmyvoice on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:06:19 PM PST

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