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Learning the Wrong Lessons February 16, 2010

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Duncan Black is right:

If the Dems get thrashed in November, it’ll be because they failed to do enough to help the economy and generally do things for people. The lesson they’ll learn is that Obama the socialist did too much and what the people care about is “deficits.”
Madness, yes.

This is indeed madness but what would you expect given that the mad are in control of our media and our political discourse?

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Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

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Embarrassed January 20, 2010

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One day after Republicans win back one Senate seat, Democrats as usual are acting like the spineless, pathetic losers they been for most of the past 30 years.

They now claim that their signature issue, health care reform, can no longer pass Congress.

I am embarrassed to be a Democrat, not because we lost an election but because, in the aftermath, they are proving they lack the courage of their convictions.

Look. When Obama was inaugurated there were 58 Democrats in the Senate and 257 Democrats in the House. Once Scott Brown is sworn in there will be 59 Senate Democrats and 256 Democrats in the House. We are better off now than we were throughout most of Obama’s first year.

This Congress has already passed the stimulus package, regulations on credit card and tobacco companies, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and SCHIP with fewer Democrats than they have now.

Pass the damn Senate version of the bill, fix the flaws in the budget reconciliation process (which cannot be filibustered by the Republicans) and move on.

As Howard Dean said on the Rachel Maddow show:

This is like Washington was when I got there five years ago. You know, the Democrats really weren’t sure they were Democrats. If you want to win, you actually can’t sort of move to the middle and become a Republican. You’ve got to stand up and stand for the things that you got elected on and that the Democratic Party believes in and we haven’t seen that in the healthcare bill and I think that’s part of the problem.

Try to show some leadership for once.

Just pathetic.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com

World-Destroying Finger Pricks March 18, 2009

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This  was a minor but quite disturbing development last week that goes to the heart of why our political system does not work.

When President Obama submitted a budget that predicted passage of a revenue-raising climate change bill, hopes rose that Congress could successfully rein in carbon emissions this year.

But a cap-and-trade climate bill is almost certain to be filibustered by Republicans — and in a letter delivered to the Senate Budget Committee yesterday, eight Democratic senators joined 25 Republicans to defend the GOP’s right to set a 60-vote margin for passing emissions limits.
“We oppose using the budget process to expedite passage of climate legislation,” the senators, including eight centrist Democrats, wrote in their missive.

Using the procedure of budget reconciliation, which would allow a climate change measure to become law with 50 votes while preventing filibusters, “would circumvent normal Senate practice and would be inconsistent with the administration’s goals of bipartisanship, cooperation, and openness,” the 33 senators wrote.

Why is this a big deal? I can guarantee these Senators weren’t worried about Senate rules.

A cap-and-trade system of regulating greenhouse gases will increase the price of coal-generated electricity, hitting the South and Midwest especially hard.

The eight Democratic Senators who signed this letter were from states that generate most of their electricity from coal or have significant coal-mining industries. (The signees were Robert Byrd (WV), Blanche Lincoln (AR), Ben Nelson (NE), Evan Bayh (IN), Mark Pryor (AR), Bob Casey (PA), Carl Levin (MI), and Mary Landrieu (LA).)

The fact that greenhouse gases from burning coal (among other fossil fuels) threatens human life on this planet seems not to have been a main consideration.

David Hume famously said “It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.” Hume meant that it was the passions, not reason, that drove us to care about others.

Apparently these Senators prefer the destruction of the whole world to inconveniencing their main campaign donors. (It would of course be irrational to piss off campaign donors.) For Republicans and centrist Democrats, politics is not about taking responsibility for the welfare of the country, although they never hesitate to wave the flag. Its about protecting their little piece of turf.

Events like this convince me that our biggest problem is a deficit of care.