We probably do have different definitions. For me, healthcare and education are like freedom in that they are matters of justice. Freedom to me is about choice and autonomy, and though this nation lacks full justice and true equality, we do have an abundance of individual sovereignty.
I'm sure the country won't endure forever, but I do believe the arc of history is the arc of progress, which is very encouraging to me. And we do agree that there is a constant struggle, and that's what matters most.
That is a good chart, and I think it highlights both our points. I'm focused on the fact that the current non-census line is trending upwards; you're focused on the fact that holy crap it's far down on the chart. Both these points matter, and I'm reminded of something I heard on NPR today, that the percentage of the country's working force that's employed is at an all-time low. That's very troubling, but not necessarily an indicator of where we're going - more an indicator of where we've been, since the line is trending up.
Since numbers are still so bad in this perspective, I do side with the stimulus-first deficit-reduction-later crowd. Since the GOP is going to gain seats, I want to keep perspective and focus on the trend - optimism now will help job growth later, on the psychological side of things.
I think it's more mixed than that. You're right - the economy is absolutely not growing. However, we are not shedding jobs anymore, and while not shedding jobs is hardly the same thing as growing the economy, it's also not the same thing as losing jobs. I do believe we have turned a corner, even if it's not growth. The car is faced in the right direction now, and even if it's in park or even 5mph reverse, that's better than full speed driving the other way. Things have changed.
It was a good speech, but I don't think it gives the issue a boost. With financial reform still needing a vote and an energy battle looming, immigration will not get Congressional treatment before the August recess and fall campaign. There's no time. What bringing it up now does is remind Latino voters of the Repub position on the issue ahead of the campaign. Purely about the politics, not the issue.
I think the best we can hope for is a lame duck session in November/December, and that's certainly not out of the question.
The private sector did add jobs for what, something like the 6th month in a row, so I think that is the right direction. So I wouldn't quite call it spin - but I agree it's not worth much because what good is the right direction if the car is barely moving.
I think Baucus and Obama did a pretty good job of listening to Repub ideas on the health care bill, and hundreds of their amendments were included - not that it did any good. But House Democrats are little better than Senate Repubs.