Like a BP oil gusher, foreign money is allegedly flowing into the midterm elections. Heavyweight interests with the muscle to influence legislation to suit their agenda, like the Chamber of Commerce, are at the center of this foreign money gusher putting Republicans over the top in many of the elections where Democratic incumbents are now endangered. Another corporate money gusher, unsurprisingly, is coming as a result of Karl Rove’s and the Koch Brothers’ attempts to influence the outcome of the election.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 12, 2010 11:12 am|
|By: letsgetitdone Monday February 15, 2010 10:36 pm|
Lambert, DC Blogger and various commenters at Correntewire report an observed problem at The Wonk Room. Experience, tests, and screen shots indicate that the Wonk Room site is rejecting links to the PNHP and Health Care-Now web sites. Both sites advocate for enhanced Medicare for All, while the WonkRoom and its parent organization the Center for American Progress are advocates for the public option.
|By: letsgetitdone Sunday November 22, 2009 11:15 am|
We cannot seek a public option-based health care reform in the context of an incremental legislative process specifically pressuring for that, and expect to be successful. We must seek and work for, and move heaven and earth for, only Medicare for All, whether we believe we can pass it or not, and then, if we do fail to pass it, we must be prepared to use the desire of others for any reform bill, to compromise just once on a Jacob Hacker-type public option, without entering a multi-stage de-generative reflexive process that will kill the Public Option as an instrument for getting to Medicare for All.
|By: letsgetitdone Thursday August 6, 2009 5:09 pm|
In the past, progressives were not there for Administrations that frustrated them. Specifically, they were not there for Jimmy Carter in 1980; and they were not there for Hubert Humphrey in 1968. Also, in reflexive movement situations we’re not always talking about black and white reactions to Administration changes in direction. All it takes to lose a movement is to destroy its trust and kill its enthusiasm. Once you do that it’s very difficult to get movement support back with promises, and vague and up-lifting words. Once trust is lost and enthusiasm for the leader of a movement has waned, the leader must then do something concrete to persuade people that he/she again deserves that trust and support. Until that happens the movement, which is not, after all, a machine, won’t work for the leader again.