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What will you do when health reform doesn't pass?

I just received the following e-mail from MoveOn.org.

It’s no longer clear whether Congress will pass a comprehensive health care reform bill this year.

The White House and Congress will decide within days whether or not to go forward with reform-and before they do, it’s critical they know the impact that decision will have in terms of participation in the next election.

So we’re polling MoveOn members: If Democrats do not pass comprehensive health care reform this year, will you donate to Democratic candidates in the 2010 elections? Just click the appropriate link below to let us know:

  • Definitely won’t donate
  • Probably won’t donate
  • Probably will donate
  • Definitely will donate

After reading this, I’m not sure if I understand the question. If you are liberal, and support the Democratic Party, what choice do you have? Seriously? If you believe an effective government, diplomacy first and using military might second, a better public educational system, healthcare reform, civil rights, equal rights for everyone, where you going to turn? In our current political system, if the Democratic Party is let you down and you believe in progressive ideas, you can’t sit at home. If you do that, Republicans and conservatives get elected. (Ask the good folks of Massachusetts.) Staying at home and pouting is not an option.

We might need to change the Democratic Party. We might need to get more involved instead of less. This is what you do when you don’t like the choices you have. Currently, in the game of politics, there are two sides. This is the way the game has been set up. There are liberals. There are conservatives. There are Democrats. There are Republicans. Independents are nice for Vermont, but don’t seem to work below New York. There are some folks who say we need to change the game. My question is how? Both Republicans and Democrats have enormous influence in every state house and in Washington. How are you going to create a new system right under the noses of Republicans and Democrats when they stand to lose from this new system? Therefore, pick a side. Then, work to change that side so it is more to your liking.

I do not like the direction healthcare reform is going. To be honest, I haven’t liked the direction since May or June. I think that starting over is foolish. Starting over is a victory for health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Starting over is a victory for conservatives who have tried to gum up the works and slow this process down since the beginning. So, in this political environment, I would look at what key items do have broad agreement amongst all Democrats and Independents. Whatever that is, pass that! Do it now! After the midterm elections, we can come back and tackle one or two items, but comprehensive reform is going to have to be done in a piecemeal fashion. Currently, there is no other way. That’s how I see it. How do you see it?

By |2010-01-25T21:28:03-04:00January 25th, 2010|Healthcare, Party Politics|Comments Off on What will you do when health reform doesn't pass?

More Analysis of the Palin-Biden Debate

There’s been a lot of analysis of the debate between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin. I think that any honest assessment of the debate reveals that Palin lost in a number of ways. She lost the debate on substance. She lost the debate on style. Finally, she didn’t answer most of the questions. Debate moderator Gwen Ifill stated, “She blew me off.”

From Politico:

On at least 10 occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney’s vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.

If you really don’t know that much, then your best defense is smiling and repeating talking points. Palin proved that even after a lot of preparation, she doesn’t know much.

By |2008-10-05T14:01:24-04:00October 5th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on More Analysis of the Palin-Biden Debate

Didn't We Warn Georgia?

It is hard for me to imagine that after we warned Georgia not to get sucked into a military conflict, they simply gave us the Bronx salute. How is it in their best interest to ignore our warnings? Or is Secretary Condolezza Rice telling us a fib? This administration isn’t big on diplomacy, although they have been better over the last 12 – 18 months.

I don’t know the answer to this question, but I wish I did.

Georgian conflict.

By |2008-08-25T06:02:25-04:00August 25th, 2008|Bush Administration, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Didn't We Warn Georgia?
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