I am glad to see some small acknowledgment here that right wing fundamentalists don't speak for Christianity. It clearly stands as evidence of the diversity that exists in present day Christianity in this and other countries, and flies in the face of the anti-Christian bigotry often expressed in the left wing blogosphere.
I fully expected at this time last year we would be in Great Depression 2.0. The fact that unemployment is only as bad as the 1980s, is a minor miracle. Hardly anyone seems to appreciate the fact we were close to full, across the board, collapse of all economic activity. I support WPA type interventions, but you also have to find the tax money to support those interventions. And we live in a country where those who are employed don't seem to want to pay taxes, even to keep their own job.
Gee, some on the left hates it when Democrats win, because they might hang out with rich people. Well, I'm on the left and I don't hate rich people, and I don't mind it one bit if Obama hangs out with some of them. The whining, and purity obsession, the ideologues who think they are somehow on the side of the "real people" who have less is so self defeating and absurd.
Acting on the best that is in us, is hard. Reid deserves support and congratulations for doing the right thing in a way that is actually doable. Going down the road of the right and humane policy is no small step.
Guilt by association. I know people on this site and Americablog love to blame Obama for everything but I don't believe he is calling the shots and setting the agenda. No doubt he wishes he were. That was never true under any president. The U.S. Senate is filled with an aristocratic elite of its own creation. No one tells them what to do. They are barons of their own little fiefdoms and getting them to line up behind any legislation is a major feat. Senators are full of themselves and their clout. They exercise their clout by being hard to get.
What happened on the Baucus Committee was entirely predicted, and dissing the president once again is not going to move one vote towards the public option.
And Chris Bowers from Open Left reports we now know we have 51 votes for PO in the Senate, under cloture or budget reconciliation. I would say things are looking up. No one in their right mind thought the Baucus group would pass PO.
The PO is not dead. It never had a shot in the Baucus venue. It's stronger than ever, and we know now, as per analysis from Chris Bowers and others that there are 51 votes for the PO in the Senate, either with cloture or with budget reconciliation. The PO is on track.