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by Matt Stoller, Thu Feb 01, 2007 at 02:13:00 AM EST
This question is from Andrew White:
Why does SEIU 1199 back Republicans in New York instead of fighting for real change by trying to solve the problems of the existing structure in New York?
I understand the need to work within the system, broken or not, to try and help out your constituency but at some point leadership needs to be visionary and look beyond the short term towards creating real change for the long term betterment of the people.
In New York that means getting rid of the old leadership that is blocking reform of state government. That starts with Senate Republicans. It may prove true later that certain Assembly Democrats need to go too but the obvious immediate first step is removing Senate Republicans from majority control.
Why then is SEIU supporting Senate Republicans?
Why the lack of vision?
This one's from Juls:
I would ask him about health care and particular the various proposals at the state level. I am particularly interested in California, obviously, but we are not the only state with a big push for serious reform to our system.