The Dems are blowing it

Okay, I’m pretty frustrated with the more liberal party right now. Tuning in, there are two major themes right now. Health care and Fort Hood. These are both important issues, but I am not liking what I’m hearing.

First, Fort Hood was a tragedy, plain and simple. But the theme that I’m hearing on the (left) radio is almost a defence of of Hasan for the pressures he was under. Laying the onus on the military, that they didn’t listen enough. It’s a military, not a cruise ship. I do not, and cannot know the true motivations of the shooter, whether he snapped, if it was terrorism, or what. But what he did was wrong, extremely wrong, and he is the responsible party in the end. This was premeditated. And it was a tragedy. My heart goes to all those affected.

Second, health care. Now that things are happening (for better or worse) people are bitching about one particular issue. Abortion. And that it may or may not be covered by the health care plan. All I can say is that this is not the time or the place to make a Roe v Wade stand, or whatever bill is up your craw. Abortion as covered in the health plan must defer to other laws as to its treatment. That’s right. Leave it the heck out of the health care bill, at most indicating that it will be covered as a health issue as prescribed by the law. Then if there are laws that block what you see is right, tackle those. But quit screwing up our freaking health care bill, it’s complicated enough already.

So those points bring me to my overarching problem with the dems. They just can’t seem to get their act together. Really. Let’s find some alignment. It isn’t perfect, you won’t please everyone. One of your jobs isn’t just to represent the people (or too often the money), it is to turn it around and influence the people with what is right. You need to make the hard decisions and sell them back to your constituents. So get it together, get a keel on your ship, and let’s get something done before half of you get fired next year.

  • divebarwife

    So leaving the topic of abortion out of the health care bill IS what the 'liberal side” wants. I'm no expert, but I think I'm fairly well-informed and as far as I've heard there are no attempts from any pro-choice organizations, or other liberal groups to include any specific coverage or mention of abortion rights in the health care bill. What we're angered at is the conservative sides pushing to include an amendment that increases restrictions already set in place regarding federal funding for abortions. Yes – the health care bill in and of itself is MUCH more important that this single issue, but if that bill goes through with the final final care bill, it is a huge step in the wrong direction for allowing women access to the sad, but sometimes needed service. We shouldn't let it stop us from passing health care – but we also shouldn't let them strong-arm us into going down without a fight.

  • http://www.beerdrinker.org m8ryx

    I think we're arguing the same thing. My issue is that we're taking the bait here. Politically, abortion is a wedge issue and a trap. We need to resist like water. When they introduce an amendment, counter by deferring to existing law. The fight for health care and the fight for women's reproductive rights cannot be intermingled.

  • marysaunders

    National stuff is interesting. The alphabet soup of agencies are getting scary.
    Bringing health of various kinds down to a local level, we have a water bureau wanting to sell off to Goldman Sachs, it appears, to put water underground with dead animals, radon, and specially brewed unidentified, so far, chemicals, included mixing water from wells near the Columbia.

    This has some serious ramifications for both home brewers and micro-brewers. I linked over here from a blog, looking for people who might care about this admittedly geeky concern.

    Any takers? You can go to citizensforportlandswater.org or .com if you are interested in this. There isn't much time to stop this heist.