by Chris Bowers, Sun Nov 07, 2004 at 01:27:42 PM EST
To try and improve public education, but to do so without providing the funding for your own plan, is not a "good work," it is instead a really poor job.
To provide health care for all of your citizens, not just to make the costs lower, is to perform a "good work."
Too often in this country, we engage in policy debates purely at the ideological level, rather than at the level of works and functionality. For example, to simply be in favor of, or opposed to, Roe vs. Wade does nothing. However, to increase reproductive rights and simultaneously reduce the number of abortions in this country, as Bill Clinton's policies were able to accomplish, is an example of carrying out the sort fo good work both sides seek. On the other hand, to reduce reproductive rights worldwide while simultaneously increasing the number of abortions in America, as Bush's polices have done, is an example of the sort of work neither side desires. No one would consider what Bush has done on that front good work.
I think we can really use this phrase. Not only does it shift the debate away from ideological demagoguery and toward actual results, not only does it describe much of the liberal agenda in extremely positive terms, but it does so in a moralistic frame to which people of many different religions have a strong connection.
Are there any phrases stuck in your head?