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  •  No, but I do have a quote from a strike leader (1+ / 0-)
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    Pris from LA

    This is from a fasinating interview with Dr. E. W. Barootes, who led the Doctors Strike with Dr. H. S. Dalgleish--Source:

    So, if we were to adopt a similar health care system here, what might Bob Dole and other vocal opponents to comprehensive health care reform be saying in the year 2025, thirty years after implementation of the plan?

    Dr. Barootes observes, "Today a politician in Saskatchewan or in Canada is more likely to get away with canceling Christmas than he is with canceling Canada's health insurance program."

    "Thirty years ago, when you were describing the Saskatchewan Medical Insurance Act as 'legislation reversing the civil rights and liberties of citizens,' did you ever think you would hear yourself saying that?"

    "At that time I'd rather have cut my arm off."

    This site also has an amazing amount of information. I was looking for it earlier but didn't have access to my bookmarks:

    Scans of old newspapers and actual documents written by the doctors leading the strike.

    I may try to flesh this subject out even more for a new diary tomorrow, as I think it brings an important perspective to our fight.

    PS Thanks for the kind words.

    "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." A. Einstein

    by bewert on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 02:07:39 PM PDT

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      Your diary All About NSA's and AT&T's Big Brother Machine, the Narus 6400 is an all-time classic; always wondering when that story will bubble to the top again. Ties so many things together.

      I'll email you that quote if I  find it!

      Slap it. Shoot it. Kaboot it.

      by adios on Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 06:05:44 PM PDT

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      •  That diary showed me the reach of DKos (1+ / 0-)
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        It's quite amazing how many have passed that around when I Google it.

        The FISA fight will come back one of these days. And the legal challenges continue. I dream of the day that somehow, someway Obama gets one more progressive vote on the Supreme Court.


        "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." A. Einstein

        by bewert on Tue Oct 06, 2009 at 07:40:52 AM PDT

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