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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Landmark healthcare passes the house, Chandler votes against it.....

Healthcare reform passed 220-215 yesterday. It's an incredible victory for the Democratic Party and for President Obama and humiliating for the 6th Kentucky congressional district, Ben Chandler voted against the reform bill.

We knew the healthcare fight was going to be a long hard battle, but for my congressman to vote against a bill that aims to extend healthcare benefits to millions of uninsured Americans, this is just disgraceful. Now it goes to the Senate.

I'm stunned, and disappointed with the Democratic Party at this point, especially with my congressman. I was sure after November 4th 2008 that we were going to see sweeping change in this country, and we were going to fight corporate interests in the name of populism.

I'm worried at this point that the Democratic Party after Reagan has become the flip side of the same corporate interest coin. The Democrats have got to get back to their roots and follow the populist agenda of the FDR Democrats. Regulate industry for the benefit of the workers and make the economy work for the people. The fact that the banks are making billions in profits and buying up flu vaccines before hospitals and schools while unemployment hovers around 10% is disgraceful.

A new piece from the Times shows how far out there these people really are. Apparently they're doing God's work?

But, on the bright side of things, maybe the passage of the healthcare bill is a sign that we're in fact getting back to our populist roots, in honor of the passage of the healthcare bill; here's Tommy Douglas in 'Mouseland'.

1 comment:

  1. Contrast the legacy of Chandler and Douglas. Douglas was recently voted The Greatest Canadian of all time. Chandler beat Andy Barr by less than a whisker. Andy Fucking Barr. I call Chandler Little Ben. The ethics of a sewer rat.