In a videotaped message to the fourth Netroots Nation conference of his administration President Obama had a simple message to Progressive activists that had hoped his election would signal a change in the direction of our country. His message? "Change is hard". Indeed, for a man elected with such soaring "hopes" for "change" by a country that was starved for a leader that would simply fight for the interests of our country as a whole and not the selfish very few, change has been coming very "hard". In fact, we have seen little change at all.
It really gets frustrating. It seems as if Mitch McConnell can get more of what he wants from a minority in the Senate than a huge majority and a now trimmed-down majority of Democrats could. Of course this is no surprise because in the Senate are many Corporate Democrats who should really be in McConnell's caucus serving Corporate America and the communist Chinese. Well now McConnell has pulled it off again. After weeks of Senate leaders refusing a vote on healthcare reform repeal McConnell will once again get his way.
After a couple of long tough years President Obama finally got a little bit of a chance to bask in some kind of glow for once. While we here at Hillbilly Report have been pretty tough on him of late, we do not do so because we want him to fail. Actually, we want him to fight for what is right and win. And while we admit readily that the President does have some victories to point to and should have some pride after the withering critisizm and unfair hatred he has suffered the simple fact of the matter is that at this point like many of our fellow Progressives who only want what is best for our country and EVERYONE within we feel nothing but disappointment with the state of our country. That is why I feel that it is ironic for the President to declare the recent "victories" a "Season of Progress".
President Obama needs to just stop. He needs to realize just because he is too cowardly to fight the Republican agenda we all are not. You know, many of us will not be recieving a huge tax cut for the rich like he is. Now, instead of admitting his own betrayals to his base due to cowardice, or even worse complicity he is attacking his base instead of addressing his own huge failures as President, a failure to fight.
It seems that nowadays everyone has some kind of plan for reducing the deficit. Republicans are constantly harping on reduction of the deficit, but one thing remains true. Every plan they have for doing so has failed miserably and only calls for sacrifice from working America, the very group which has paid dearly for the problems our country face and the very group which has been drained dry and has no more blood to give. It is time for America to not only get serious about deficit reduction but also for them to be realistic about it. There is simply no way we are ever going to reduce the deficit by asking only working folks to sacrifice yet again.
Across the country a funny thing is happening. Despite all the cries of "socialized medicine" and all the doomsayers that stated that America would be gasping her last breath if we got healthcare reform, support for the healthcare bill is going up. While I believe that the bill that was passed did not go nearly far enough, many claim it was a government takeover of the industry and it has been blasted since before it was passed. However, now it appears as if the whole country is figuring out what we here have known for a long time. The Right-Wing gasbags who preached doom and warned of the "government taking over your Medicaire" are completely full of hot air.
Is The 2008 Democratic National Platform - "Renewing America's Promise" worth the paper it is written on? Do elected Democrats take this promise seriously? Did the builders of this Platform "Renewing America's Promise" do it with a wink and a smile knowing full well it was all bull shit? Maybe the Democratic Platform builders could just copy and paste the Republican Platform, because that seems to be what they really believe in. Where were these platform builders and where was their outrage during the Health Care debate? Want my opinion? OK here it is. The platform builders are all words and no action, in other words, bull shit artist hoping and praying we have short memories. Let me make my case.
Well, the Healthcare Bill will soon go to the President's desk. While this bill does have some good to it, and will extend coverage to millions while hopefully keeping those of us with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage in retrospect this fight can only be viewed as a sorry saga for our country. Along the way you had Republicans and Democrats both confirming the worst stereotypes about their parties.
Alan Grayson has been a godsend in a mostly disappointing Democratic Congress. Like John Yarmuth of Kentucky, he has been elected in a district that is not a cakewalk but still fearlessly stands up for what he believes is right. With the Healthcare fight raging on and getting closer to an up or down vote, Grayson is once again trying to speak for the will of the majority of the American people who would like to see at least a public option in the Healthcare bill that will eventually be voted on.
After the much advertised "bi-partisan" forum on healthcare it seems to me one glowing fact remains for the American people to be blinded by. Republicans simply have no interest whatsoever in changing one of the most costly and least effective healthcare systems in the world. They also care very little about whether millions of uninsured Americans recieve coverage and ultimately seek Emergency Room treatment for illness, passing the cost on to everyone else. Now, it is time for Democrats to take off the gloves, come out swinging and fight with every power at their disposal to pass true healthcare reform.
The most hypocritical Senator for Communist China, Mitch McConnell is at it again. Yes, this man talks a good game about the American people while he outsources their jobs to oppressive governments who use virtual slave labor all while telling them we should "listen to" them. However, the sorry truth is that Mitch McConnell could really care less about what the American people think.
After months of leaving it to Congress to come up with the details of the Healthcare Bill the President Obama has released his own plan for healthcare. The only problem is that it widely resembles the plan put foward earlier by the Senate in many regards. While the House plan was far from perfect it was far superior to the Senate plan in many ways. Unfortunately, the President still seems to think that compromising with Corporate Democrats instead of using the bulley-pulpit for forcing real reform is the best route to go.
In Kentucky there is one person that working folks simply know as Congressman Awesome. With our depressing Congressional delegation, he is the one bresh of fresh air on the national scene. He is Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky's Third Congressional District in the Louisville area. He has been a godsend not only for Kentucky Democrats, but for all of those in the country who truly believe in Democratic ideals for our country. With the dangerous environment for incumbents, national Democrats need to do all they can do to help us get John Yarmuth re-elected.
Instead of fighting for real healthcare reform it seems as if long ago President Obama has settled in on a strategy of "reaching out" to Republicans and Corporate Democrats. This will include a televised debate on Feb. 25 between the two parties. Now, reaching out would not be such a bad thing, if it weren't for the Republicans simply not wanting any real reform in the system and doing all they can to slow and stop the process. Just a look at some Republican ideas lets you know this is yet again another practice in futility.
All through the healthcare debate last year Republicans made one thing perfectly clear. They simply would not accept any kind of meaningful reform and indeed just sought to delay the problem by making President Obama and the Democrats mad. Now, one leading Progressive is scoffing at the idea of bi-partisanship on healthcare and is offering the suggestion that could have saved healthcare if it would have been fought for, the public option.
As a Democrat it makes me just a little sad to write this but as a Progressive seeing what was coming out of Washington after Blue Dogs in the House and Corporate Democrats in the Senate poisoned the process it makes me happy to say that for the time being Universal Healthcare is dead in the Congress. I say this as an uncovered American who desperately wanted real reform, but saw the process devolve away from me to how to pass out more Corporate Welfare. In the end, the bill that would have come out of the "House of Lords" known as the U.S. Senate simply scared the hell out of me.
We have been pretty disappointed here for most of the heatlhcare debate. I mean, we lost single-payer before sitting down to bargain, and now barring a Christmas miracle from sixty or so House members we have lost the public option while being mandated to buy coverage. Folks like myself with a pre-existing condition in my case Type 1 Diabetes can still be discriminated against for five long years. Now in retrospect we lost another battle that shows nicely just how bought and paid for our Congress really is.
As everyone knows now the Senate version of the healthcare bill has passed and it mandates coverage without a viable public option. While much fanfare was made about 60 votes in the Senate and how that had to kill the public option to get them. That makes Progressive House Democrats our last line of defense in keeping the public option. There are over sixty of them who have pledged not to vote for a bill without a public option.
After months of healthcare debate a bill has been passed in the Senate. A bill that stripped basically all that was good for working Americans out, and has become very unpopular among a majority of Americans. A bill that mandates millions of Americans at the mercy of the insurance industry, and allows them to continue to discriminate against folks with pre-existing conditions. Quite simply, a bill that was written for Corporate Welfare complete with backroom bribes to get it passed. And for many Progressives, the fact that we had not a champion in the Democratic caucus to stand up for us and vote against these junk reforms was painful enough, Harry Reid added insult to injury.
Now they are saying that the public option was doomed from the beginning. And from the beginning the only problem with that is that the public option was the main thing that was like by well, the public. Two new polls now show that the public option may very well not be the only thing that was doomed from the start of the healthcare debate.