Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

The Day America Ran Out of Gas

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Between the Supreme Court’s throwing open the corpocracy barn and the gutless Democratic Party proving itself totally incapable of governing, with Air America’s collapse thrown on the fire for good measure, today was an epically bad day for American democracy, on par with November 2, 2004, or December 12, 2000. In some ways this is actually the worst of the three, as Democrats have had great electoral successes in recent years and it still somehow adds up to less than nothing. At least before we had hope that things might someday be different; now we know it doesn’t matter if we win or lose, because even when we elect a massively popular progressive president and huge Congressional majorities we still get screwed. It’s really hard to say how things get better from here; both Congressional Dems and the White House seemed bound and determined to sabotage the only possible legislative achievement Democrats could hope to show for themselves by November. If you want to turn the ship around, you:

* pass the Senate health care bill through the House;

* pass fixes and popular improvements to the health care bill that can be passed through the Senate via reconciliation;

* move the hell on to something less toxic, like (say) a jobs bill, or massive tax cuts for middle-class workers and senior citizens. Whatever works.

If health care dies on the vine this administration is crippled and 2010 will be a bloodbath. Health care reform has to come first and it has to come quickly; it could happen tomorrow if the House Democrats had any brains.

What a mess.

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  1. In the past, when people have asked, “why arent Americans rioting in the streets?”, I figured that it was because we knew that however bad things were, there would be another election down the road, and it could be (potentially) corrected.
    Now, I’m not so sure that’s true anymore. When things stay the same, regardless of how the voting comes out, and the same people keep getting the prize while the rest of us get a kick in the fork, how much longer can faith in the system continue? And when the faith is gone, and even the court system seems to be biased towards those who already hold most of the cards, what redress is left?

    daveawayfromhome

    January 22, 2010 at 12:06 am

  2. […] by zunguzungu on January 22, 2010 Finally,  Corporations will have a voice in American politics. I guess the only real question is whether […]

  3. Well-said, dave. I had the exact same thought.

    I’m a pretty institutionalist person. If even someone like me is wondering whether we need to be rioting in the streets, you know things are bad.

    Shankar D

    January 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

  4. I think we’ve needed rioting, or at least demonstrating, for years. What will lead to it actually happening is the appearance (and perhaps the reality) that we have no choice, that it is the only way to effect change.

    daveawayfromhome

    January 23, 2010 at 6:15 am

  5. […] The Canavan Plan for health care sanity is now “the consensus” among Democrats on the Hill, says John Podesta. Clyburn says […]

  6. […] The OpenLeft “whipcount” now has 30 Democratic Senators on board for the totally obvious step of using reconciliation to pass health care, with an additional 17 on board with the […]

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    Bully Pulpit « Gerry Canavan

    February 19, 2010 at 8:45 am


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