Howard Dean seals the deal, Single-Payer is Screwed

You may remember last week when discussing Charlie Crist's lousy health care plan that I proclaimed...

as long as this is the kind of crap that Republicans want to push through as "historic legislation", our country is in for tough times. I don't see any Democrat with the guts and political capital to push through true Universal Health Care coverage here in North Carolina, nor in the US Senate, nor in the US House. They'll fold like a house of cards - just like they did over Iraq.

Well, Howard Dean has now sealed the deal. Dr. Dean has always been more moderate or conservative than most Democrats think of him as being, in Vermont he focused on piecemeal programs like Dr. Dynasaur to provide "near-universal" coverage to children and pregnant women. So, it should come as no surprise when he says....

I think while someday we may end up with a single-payer system, it’s clear that we’re not going to do it all at once, so I think both candidates’ health-care plans are a big step forward. Certainly compared to Senator [John] McCain, who represents a big step backward.

Don McCanne over at Physicians for a National Health Program has a cutting take on what we can expect in the next administration from Democrats.

After dark: Republican "campaign mode"

Scott McClellan's unremarkable announcement that the Bush White House was in permanent campaign mode is revealing on two counts. First is the simple fact that the administration has been focused on manipulating public opinion for seven years instead of governing. That should be obvious to anyone who's paying attention, but it bears worth saying.

The second is equally troublesome. From McClellan's comments we must conclude that for Republicans, "campaign mode" means lying to the electorate at every turn.

Civitas Poll Luncheon May 2008

Civitas has a luncheon every month or so to spin the results of their push polls. These meetings are primarily used to offer advice to Republican elected officials and GOP campaign workers on how to win elections. Given that Civitas claims a 501(c)3 tax free status, this ought to be illegal.

As a staff person of the North Carolina Democratic Party I attended the lunch yesterday. Ric Killian (R, District 105) was the guest. We tried to tape the presentation, but a Civitas staff person prevented us from doing so.

Anguished and Lashing Out

If you read the comments at the Asheville Citizen-Times, you’re already aware that Barack Obama is an Islamic apostate who may be a mooslim, that he’s BFF with terrorists from Hamas to Weather Underground, and that he Hates white people. As a regular participant in the lowly AC-T forums, I’ve come to expect the worst sorts of smear tactics from zealous, frothy-mouthed shut-ins.

This sort of poison is rippling across the internet and talk radio, lapping at the harried shores of truck stops, diners, and dive bars. It’s infecting the subtext of this Presidential contest with racism, xenophobia, and Christian Nationalism.

Public Transit: Not Just For City Folk

As some of you are aware, I am currently on the other side of the continent, enjoying some relatively good weather (fingers crossed) in the Puget Sound area. One of the things I always try to do when traveling is to ride around on whatever public transportation is available. Part of the reason is so I can better envision what might work in North Carolina, but another reason is because you get to interact with locals on an equal basis. You're not just a tourist asking stupid questions, you're a fellow passenger, so you can be trusted with all sorts of local gossip. :)

Frontpaged by James

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