Blogs and Opinion
BLOGS AND OPINION
Movements Making Noise by Frances Fox Piven, The Nation | February 1, 2013
Wanna Get Involved in the Coming Immigration Reform Fight? Here’s How. by Julianne Hing, colorlines.com | February 1, 2013
America’s New Progressive Era? by Jeffrey Sachs, project-syndicate.org | January 31, 2013
The New Politics Of Immigration by E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post | January 31, 2013
Immigration, Yes. Indentured Serfdom, No by Michael Lind, salon.com | January 30, 2013
Can The Rising Progressive Tide Lift All Ships? by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post | January 29, 2013
How Will Immigration Reform Affect Black America? by Marlon Hill, thegrio.com | January 29, 2013
A Striking New Consensus on Immigration Reform—Thus Far by Seth Freed Wessler, colorlines.com | January 29, 2013
Senate Immigration Reform Proposal Surprisingly Good by Markos Moulitsas, dailykos.com | January 29, 2013
Immigration Reform Now by Joe Peyronnin, Huffington Post | January 28, 2013
Health-care reform is historic, surely the most significant social legislation passed since Medicare. But it is a flawed and conservative bill, akin to the reforms Mitt Romney championed as the Republican governor of Massachusetts. It gives the insurance companies millions of new customers with no public option or Medicare buy-in to help put a lid on costs. It sustains the outrageous law that prohibits Medicare from negotiating bulk discounts for prescription drugs. It sustains the exemption of insurance companies from antitrust laws. This reality — a historic reform that isn't strong enough to get the job done — is characteristic of the Obama administration, a progressive-centrist government in a moment that demands fundamental reform.
Yes, we did. Finally, President Obama can use those words. The passage of health care reform provided the first piece of incontestable evidence that Washington has changed. Congress is, indeed, capable of carrying through fundamental social reform. No longer will the United States be the outlier among wealthy nations in leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage. In approving the most sweeping piece of social legislation since the mid-1960s, Democrats proved that they can govern, even under challenging circumstances and in the face of significant internal divisions.
The common thread in yesterday’s unbroken string of Democratic and progressive victories was the popular rejection of right-wing overreach. The series of elections held across the country yesterday weren’t supposed to yield a coherent narrative. Yet a common theme emerged: Radical-right Republicans hit a wall last night all over the country, even on a conservative social issue in what may be the most socially conservative state in the nation. So can Democrats take some hope from last night’s results? Provisionally; sort of. If Barack Obama can make next year’s election a choice between his ineffectual moderation and the Republicans’ wacked-out lunacy, the Democrats should do well. If next year’s election is a referendum on his stewardship of the economy the Democrats will likely get clobbered. It’s clear that Americans have had it with Republican extremism. Whether that will be a decisive issue in 2012 is not yet apparent.
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At long last, we saw this president leading, as only a president can. And we saw him leading as a progressive Democrat, finally admitting that no common ground with today's Republicans is possible, narrating stories we all can recognize about the human tragedy that is our current health care system. We watched Obama master the mechanics of legislative politics, cobbling together a majority one vote at a time. And we observed the Republican right reduced to sputtering frustration. What a splendid shift from the Obama who less than a month ago went imploringly to reason with the House Republican Caucus.