Category: Reform

May 10

Empty Words

by fwoan | 2 Comments »
tillwe via flickr
tillwe via flickr

Time for Obama to string along the LGBTQ community once again! Time for the whole liberal community to blow a fucking gasket over the most insignificant events, because they have been trained to survive on so little sustenance that the mere mention of a plausible “thumbs up” to an issue they sort of care about makes them cum in their pants. Obama supports marriage equality. Boom. Cue applause. If anyone on the planet thinks that this is an indication of our country wandering out of the dark ages on this issue any time soon – I hope they go run into a burning building.

Yeah, he supports it. That’s actually great and deserves some mild credit. Congratulations Obama, you have been “evolving” for so many years on this issue that to arrive at anything other than the most obvious conclusion would have been astounding. Good job man, you picked the right answer. Done. Now, to look at other things Obama has “supported” paints a grim picture. Remember how long he supported the repeal of DADT – a policy he could have ended with the flick of a pen? Years. Well, until it was time for mid-term elections, then he waited while some of the most corrupt and vile bigots in Congress argued over it. What better way to kick off the reelection campaign than more empty proclamations?

He still seems to think that this is an issue for states to decide on an individual basis. Because state governments have such a great record on instituting equality, abortion and segregation aside… If North Carolina wants to outlaw marriage equality, Obama is still cool with that. Unless thousands of people mobilize and demonstrate and kick and yell, nothing will be done – just like DADT. DADT would still be argued about if not for so many groups organizing and forcing the issue. This stunt, unless backed up by actions which I’m sure we’ll never see, is nothing more than an attempt by Mr. Obama to get you lefties back in line at a voting booth.

Think of him as a liberal friend I’m sure you all already know, that can speechify correctly on several issues but the moment you ask him to join you in a protest he is suddenly busy that day. Sorry everybody, but don’t forget to reelect him – who knows what he’ll support next?

Bingo

A science blog I like to read published a post of interest to me this week showing the bonuses to democracy if our legislators were chosen at random. This is a subject I am very interested in because it is one of the only systems that we could employ in order to ensure that our legislators do not become a carefully groomed breed of absurdly rich, created in order to benefit their peers while the workers of the world suffer a gradual grinding into dust. If we were given a chance to run our own lives, we could make this world a better place; a place made for the betterment of all our sisters and brothers. Not only does this ring true in our hearts when we look at the world the ultra-rich have created for themselves at our expense – but science is showing us that it makes sense as well!
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Steve O via flickr
Steve O via flickr

Despite the obvious conflicts of interest and ideology behind the decision, I was heartened yesterday to see the individual mandate portion of our healthcare “reform” bill ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Virginia. Liberals were coming out of the woodwork yesterday to scream and claw at those who would defend such an assault on their so-called reform efforts. This mandate, that in 2014 requires all Americans to purchase health insurance, is no solution to our country’s grave healthcare problems. The problem is an institutional one, a philosophical one, and an economical one.
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Yesterday, despite multiple campaigns to have actual public opinion legislated with regards to healthcare, Washington ultimately decided that our country needs to reward to the private insurance industry that has so ruthlessly broken our health system with a mandate for all Americans to purchase insurance. Uninsured Americans will be criminalized with punitive fines of about 2% of their wages and we will have to start paying for a product that many of us will not be able to afford to use. Let’s be honest about this, this is a tax paid to private corporations who only received this prize because of how badly they have handled their position this far.
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Mar 2

Dead On Arrival

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A recent article on SocialistWorker.org lays out an interesting case for why recent attempts to revive the public option in healthcare reform are misguided and not a strategy progressives should pursue. In the article Dr. Andy Coates of Physicians for a National Health Program argues that by immediately surrendering the single-payer strategy of reforming healthcare that the progressive agenda was lost. So called public options have become so weak and watered down that they are almost assuredly going to fail and discredit progressive reforms in the future. When liberals marched to the chant of “don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good” they seemed to disregard any blows to the public option as long as the name still applied. Creating another layer of bureaucracy instead of cleaning house and making a single system for healthcare has gone contrary to what we were fighting for in the first place. Dr. Coates sums it up well in his article when he says:

It is time to let go. All along, adding a feeble public insurance plan to the insurance market has been a lame and withering excuse to support “insurance reform” that will criminalize the uninsured, divert billions of tax dollars to subsidize unaffordable private insurance premiums and protect pharmaceutical industry super-profits.

I know that I watched this “reform” effort so closely that I got lost in the emotions of it and couldn’t see how lost it’s become. In the wake of last week’s summit, it really is time to let go.

Feb 18

I So Badly Want to Make a Pun Out of His Name (updated)

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Evan Bayh this week announced his retirement from the Senate saying, “I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should.” Bayh, who has only been an enabler of the Republican obstructionist “partisanship” he is now decrying, has decided that instead of working towards fixing that which ills the Congress – he is packing up and going home. This corporatist hack is the one who took the time to attack the left when his insurance-bailout bill crashed in the House. This bought-and-paid-for politician is the one who helped remove the public option from healthcare reform amid fears that it would lead to socialism (and while his wife sat on the board of WellPoint, making millions), despite his constituents being 52% in favor of it! This defender of the status quo used his group of Blue-Dog Democrats (read: corporatists) to shrink the economic “stimulus” package to levels that are making recovery actually take longer,  helped preserve the Bush tax cuts that helped caused the deficit he loves to complain about, delayed Cap-and-Trade, and weakened bankruptcy protection. That this man is a Senator for the people is such a conflict of terms that it shows us what a farce our democracy has actually become.
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As the Obama agenda slowly crash lands, many in the liberal community are seeing their hopes go along with it – causing them to strike out in, what I think, several wrong directions.Liberal blogs flash headlines across their sites identifying the latest turncoat Democrats: enemies of the state; traitors to Obama’s administration. I too have been guilty of this, even starting this blog with a letter to Senator Lieberman attacking him for his destruction of the Senate’s healthcare reform bill. But I’d like to take a nuanced opinion of this in the future as more and more becomes obvious to me about the status quo of our country and how fiercely it is protected. It’s true, Senators like Lieberman, Nelson, Landrieu, and Lincoln should have the full force of the Left’s anger and those aforementioned liberal blogs are right in attacking them. However, it’s the angle of attack and source of the anger that I’ve decided needs to change.
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