Progressive Calendar 05.03.08
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 00:26:46 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R    05.03.08

1. Cinco de Mayo     5.03 9am
2. Choice            5.03 9:30am
3. Workplace justice 5.03 10am
4. Homeless vets     5.03 10am
5. NWN4P Mtka        5.03 11am
6. Northtown vigil   5.03 2pm
7. Living green expo 5.03-04
8. Walk for animals  5.03

9. American boys     5.04 9:30am
10. Faithful fools   5.04 10:30am
11. Stillwater vigil 5.04 1pm
12. Mayday parade    5.04 1pm
13. Laos/war/film    5.04 5:15pm
14. Sprogs           5.04 6pm
15. KFAI Indian      5.04 7pm
16. Bible/GLBT/film  5.04 7pm

17. Michael Nolan - How crazy is Hillary?
18. Ralph Forbes  - 151 congressmen profit from war
19. David Sirota  - D.C. Dems back off health care promises
20. ed            - bumper sticker

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From: PRO826 [at] aol.com
Subject: Cinco de Mayo 5.03 9am

Cinco de Mayo  Celebration - Parade; low rider show; salsa contest;  art.
Friday on Wabasha St between Plato St and Cesar Chavez St; Saturday on  Cesar
Chavez St between Wabasha St and Anita St. Call 651.222.6347 for more
information.
Festivals (http://calendar.citypages.com/search/117284/)
Sat., May 3, 9:00am-6:00pm


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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org>
Subject: Choice 5.03 9:30am

May 3: Midwest Health Center for Women. 3rd Annual Motherhood by Choice
Brunch. Featuring author and physician, Dr. Susan Wicklund. 9:30-11:30 AM
at the historic 317 on Rice Park Event Center in St. Paul. $35 & each
additional ticket is only $25. More info.


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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org>
Subject: Workplace justice 5.03 10am

Saturday, May 3: Workplace Justice. Support/Networking Meeting. 10
AM-Noon. Minnesota Women's Building, St. Paul. 952/996-9291.


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Homeless vets 5.03 10am

Saturday, 5/3, 10 to 11:30 am, Homeless Vets for Peace meet at Peacehouse,
510 E Franklin, Mpls. Bob Heberle 612-789-9020.


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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net>
Subject: NWN4P Mtka 5.03 11am

NWN4P-Minnetonka demonstration- Every Saturday, 11 AM to noon, at Hwy. 7
and 101.  Park in the Target Greatland lot; meet near the fountain. We
will walk along the public sidewalk. Signs available.


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From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 5.03 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday
2-3pm


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Living green expo 5.03-04

5/3 and 5/4, Living Green Expo, State Fairgrounds, Grandstand Building, St
Paul.  http://livinggreenexpo.org

--
From: iasa [at] mtn.org

Come to the Living Green Expo
Minnesota's biggest environmental event!
Join us at The Living Green Expo, and learn about low-impact living
an achieving long-term sustainability.

Saturday & Sunday, May 3-4, 2007, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Grandstand Building
Admission is free! Parking is free, secure bike storage is available,
and the Expo is accessible by bus.

Featured Presentation by Terry Gips - Sunday   11 a.m. - Noon
Sustainability 101: Everything you always wanted to
know<http://www.livinggreen.org/workshop.cfm?id=499559928>

The Living Green Expo is a free annual event taking place at the Minnesota
State Fairgrounds the weekend of May 3-4, 2008. The Expo provides
information and products to help Minnesotans improve the environmental and
social impacts of their day-to-day living. The Living Green Expo features
more than 200 exhibitors of products, services, and information, along
with 60 workshops on a variety of sustainability and green living topics.
Expo attractions include music, food, demonstrations, and activities for
youth and children.  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency leads a
collaboration of governmental, nonprofit and business organizations to
produce the Living Green Expo.

Visit www.livinggreen.org for full listing of Exhibitors Workshops and
activities including Music, Food & cooking
stage<http://www.livinggreen.org/food.cfm>

For kids & family <http://www.livinggreen.org/kids.cfm>, Youth-focused
workshops, Eco-fashion show Renewable Energy Demonstration Area,
Alternative Vehicles Area, Community Food & Farm Festival FREE:  Recycle
household compact fluorescents


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From: Charlie Swope <mcswope [at] yahoo.com>
Subject: Walk for animals 5.03

The Animal Humane Society will have its 34th annual "Walk for Animals" on
May 3rd. The walk in St. Paul begins at the St. Paul Como Midway
Pavilion/East Picnic Area, 1199 Midway Pkwy, Walk around Como Lake. The
walk is approximately 3 miles. For more information about participating in
this event, see http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/walk/schedule.asp


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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net>
Subject: American boys 5.04 9:30am

Sunday May 4, 9:30 AM, Kevin Obsatz
Kevin Obsatz, cinematographer, codirector, and editor of "Journeyman:
American Boys at a Crossroad", will speak at the First Unitarian Society,
900 Mt. Curve, Minneapolis, on Sunday May 4, 9:30 AM. A preview segment of
the one-hour documentary about rites of passage, mentoring, and male
culture in America will also be shown at this Forum. Obsatz will speak
about the film and the issues it raises about an emotional and social
crisis evident in increasing academic failure and gang violence among
American boys.  Free and open to the public.


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From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Faithful fools 5.04 10:30am

The Rev. Dr. Kay Jorgensen, cofounder and president of The Faithful Fools
Street Ministry, will speak on Sunday May 4, 10:30 AM, at the First
Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve. The service will be led
by the Faithful Fools who are based in San Francisco and have just
completed ten years of ministry on the streets of the United States,
Canada, and Nicaragua. Music will be presented by Will Agar and Mary
Stoyke. The public is welcome.


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From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 5.04 1pm

A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2
p.m.  Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song
and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be
positive.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers.

If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it.
Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to
<http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560


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From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Mayday parade 5.04 1pm

MayDay Parade and Festival: March with WAMM

Sunday, May 4, 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Powderhorn Park, 15th Avenue and 35th
Street, Minneapolis. Join fellow members, volunteers, interns, and staff,
and walk with WAMM in the annual MayDay Parade. Gather at Cedar Field,
18th Avenue and 25th Street, Minneapolis (look for the yellow WAMM signs)
at Noon. The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end approximately two
hours later at Powderhorn Park, where a short ceremony will follow. Don't
miss the WAMM information booth at Powderhorn Park. Sponsored by: In the
Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. FFI: Visit <www.hobt.org>.


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From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com>
Subject: Laos/war/film 5.04 5:15pm

Saturday, 5/4, 5:15 pm, MSP Film Fest documentary "Witnesses to a Secret
War" about the U.S. clandestine war in Laos through the eyes of CIA
recruited Hmong soldiers who were later abandoned to flee to refugee camps
in Thailand, Oak St Cinema, 309 Oak St SE, Mpls.
http://www.mspfilmfest.org/2008/


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From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com>
Subject: Sprogs 5.04 6pm

Network of Spiritual Progressives MN Announcements

A great opportunity occurring this Sunday night.  Nichola Torbett,
Director of National Programs for NSP will be with us for a potluck, and
informational session. Jackman Room at Plymouth Church, on Sunday
May 4th, starting at 6pm.  We will be breaking bread with Nichola, and
then conversing with her about how to grow as a chapter, and what ways we
can best support the national efforts of NSP here in Minnesota.

This will be an open session, and we encourage everyone to come and share
their thoughts, ideas, and spirit.  Oh, and some food as well.  The best way
to create the most productive and effective chapter is to have wide-spread
engagement by all of our members.


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From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org>
Subject: KFAI Indian 5.04 7pm

KFAI¹s Indian Uprising for May 4, 2008 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT #264

Statehood - now reaching one hundred and fifty years. "On May 11, 2008,
Minnesota will reach its 150th anniversary as the 32nd state in the United
States of America. Beginning in January 2008, the Sesquicentennial will be
a year long, statewide commemoration and a catalyst, to learn from our
past and connect all of us as Minnesotans in creating a thriving,
innovative future." - 2007 Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission.

The public's knowledge about the Indigenous people of their homeland, Mini
Sota Makoce (land where the waters reflect the skies), and their true
history before and after Minnesota statehood proclamation and how it came
to be, is abysmal.

 What about the gallows where the 38 Dakota men were hung in Mankato,
Minnesota, on December 26, 1862, for defending their homeland? It was the
largest mass hanging in the U.S.

 What about the Treaty of 1805? Most of St. Paul and Minneapolis are on
this land.  The land is Dakota land and was not compensated for.

 What about the 1,700 Dakota people, primarily women, children, and elders
who were force-marched 150 miles from southwestern Minnesota to the
concentration camp at Ft. Snelling in 1862-1863?  Many were killed during
the march and others died at the camps.

"My grandmother was bayoneted in the stomach by a soldier on horseback.
Then, hundreds more were killed in concentration camps during the cold
Minnesota winter of 1862-63." - Chris Mato Nunpa (Dakota)

"My grandfather spent his third birthday at the concentration camp at Fort
Snelling, which ironically was only a few miles from his birthplace on
Nicollet Island in the Mississippi River. My great grandfather, Mazaadidi,
was one of the warriors condemned to hang at Mankato but was instead sent
to prison." - Reuben Wambdi Kitto, Jr. (Dakota)

Letter to the Editor excerpt, Mpls Star Tribune: "The decision of the
Legislature whether to fund a project concerning Fort Snelling is a golden
opportunity for Minnesota to take a leadership role in the nation in
dealing with the legacy of the genocide of indigenous peoples in the
Americas. We can renovate the fort or we can imagine something better. I
propose that the state appropriate funds for the removal and
reconstruction of Fort Snelling on more neutral ground and to turn the
reconstructed site into the Minnesota Museum of Genocide. The original
site would be turned into a state park in which the DNR and the Dakota
communities of Minnesota, both federally recognized and non-federally
recognized, would come to an agreement on the design and management." -
Jeffrey Kolnick, Associate Professor of History, Southwest Minnesota State
University and Augsburg College. See complete letter:
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentary/15679667.html

Guests are:

Chris Mato Nunpa (Dakota), Ph.D., Associate Professor, Indigenous Nations
& Dakota Studies (INDS), Southwest Minnesota State University

James Anderson (Dakota), Cultural Liaison, Mdewakantunwan Dakota Community
Center, Minnesota

Waziyatawin Angela Wilson (Dakota), Ph.D., AAUW American Postdoctoral
Fellow, former Associate Professor of Indigenous History, Department of
History, Arizona State University; Editor, In the Footsteps of Our
Ancestors: The Dakota Commemorative Marches of the 21st Century, Living
Justice Press

Indian Uprising a one-hour radio Public & Cultural Affairs program
relevant to Native Indigenous people, broadcast each Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
CDT over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul.  Producer and
host is volunteer Chris Spotted Eagle. To receive or stop getting
announcements, message Chris to radio [at] spottedeagle.org

For internet listening, visit www.kfai.org, click Play under ON AIR NOW or
for listening later via their archives, click PROGRAMS & SCHEDULE > Indian
Uprising > STREAM.  Programs are archived only for two weeks.


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From: Ncorliss41 [at] aol.com

Subject: Bible/GLBT/film 5.04 7pm

May 4, 2008, 7PM Showing of the film "For the Bible Tells Me So" (
www.FortheBibleTellsMeSo.org), a documentary by Daniel Karslake about 5
families( one from Minnesota) who find themselves in the middle of
conflict with their churches when their children come out to them as gay
or lesbian. Discussion following.

Minnesota Valley Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship
10715 Zenith Ave. South, Bloomington
For information call Nan at 952-835-6832


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How Crazy is Hillary?
Who Gets Totally Obliterated, Iran Or the US?
by Michael Nolan
May 1st, 2008
Dissident Voice

Norman Podhoretz, an impassioned cheerleader for war with Iran, reached
heights of apocalyptic sang-froid scaled only by the criminally insane
when he predicted the following scenario, in the event of a US attack on
Iran: "It [Iran] would attack Israel with missiles armed with non-nuclear
warheads but possibly containing biological or chemical weapons. There
would be a vast increase in the price of oil, with catastrophic
consequences for every economy in the world, very much including our own.
The worldwide outcry against the inevitable civilian casualties would make
the anti-Americanism of today look like a love-fest".

But Hillary Clinton isn't frightened, even as commentators from all over
the political spectrum issue similar dire warnings. She told an ABC
interviewer, "In the next 10 years, during which they [the Iranians] might
foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to
totally obliterate them". The threat (which the Boston Globe called
"foolish and dangerous" and the Saudi-based Arab News called the "foreign
politics of the madhouse") puts her in lockstep agreement with President
Bush, who has pledged to "defend Israel, no ifs, ands, or buts".

Mrs. Clinton is so desperate to play the tough guy card that she's had
herself photographed throwing shots and beers back with the boys. Now,
with her nuclear threat, she proves that she'll say anything, do anything
in order to win what Ken Silverstein of Harper's calls "the frenzied
bidding war to be the most 'pro-Israel'". There's no indication, as yet,
that she's ready to explain the monstrous consequences of a war with Iran
to the American people.

William Lind, writing from the Center for Cultural Conservatism, fears the
slaughter of US troops in Iraq, if we bomb Iran. Iranian regulars and
Iraqi militias, grossly outnumbering US forces, could cut off US supply
lines from Kuwait. "[W]e could lose the army now deployed in Iraq," said
Lind in an Antiwar.com piece. If that happens, "American power and
prestige would never recover". Consequences at home could be as ugly as
those abroad. An attack on Iran would be an invitation to a retaliatory
terrorist attack on American turf, and, as Pentagon Papers author Daniel
Ellsberg has pointed out, "if there's another 9/11 or a major war in the
Middle-East involving a U.S. attack on Iran there will be, the day after
or within days an equivalent of a Reichstag fire decree that will involve
massive detentions in this country, detention camps for middle-easterners
and their sympathizers, critics of the President's policy and essentially
the wiping-out of the Bill of Rights".

Should the US risk existential defeat for Israel?

Clinton adviser Ann Lewis seems to think so. Lewis, President Clinton's
Director of Communications in the late nineties, is now an active member
of Hillary's campaign staff, and, in the event of a Clinton win, likely to
follow her, in some capacity, back into the White House. Making Mrs.
Clinton's case for president at a United Jewish Communities debate in
Washington, she recently made the astounding pronouncement that "[t]he
role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions
that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and
choose from among the political parties". And what are these "decisions
that are made by the Israeli people?" A survey by the Israeli newspaper
Haaretz found "fully 71 percent of Israelis believe that the United States
should launch a military attack on Iran if diplomatic efforts fail to halt
Tehran's nuclear program, according to a new poll".

But Mrs. Lewis is not on record as to what responsibility, if any, Israel
has here? Despite a decades-long propaganda campaign that paints Israel as
an island of stability in an otherwise unstable corner of the world, this
sixty year old state, without geographical borders or a constitution,
doesn't seem able or willing to enforce its own laws. Benjamin Netanyahu
pledged recently that, in the event of his election to Prime Minister of
Israel, he will disregard any peace deal made between current Prime
Minister Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. So Israel would
be selective in its choice of treaties to honor, but the US, as pledged by
President George Bush and potential president Hillary Clinton, would go to
war for Israel without reservation or qualification.

The moderate voice of President Abbas identifies Israel's illegal
settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "the most
important obstacle to the peace process". Yet Israel has broadened its
settlement construction so expansively (even as an ever-groveling US State
Department "warns" against it) that, according to the Israeli group Peace
Now "almost nothing is left of the [Annapolis peace conference] promise
that Israel would freeze construction in the settlements". Why should
America risk everything for a so-called ally who cares so little for a
genuine peace process?

No matter how many illegal settlements rise, no matter how cruel the
collective punishment of innocents in Gaza, no matter how many broken
promises on the "road map to peace," and - most frighteningly - no matter
how deadly the consequences to the US, Clinton would write Israel a blank
check.

Pat Buchanan, that severe old lion of the Paleo Right, writes in a recent
column, "In early 2007, Nancy Pelosi pulled down a resolution that would
have denied Bush the authority to attack Iran without congressional
approval". The Jewish Telegraph Agency, in a March 2007 piece, referred to
the destruction of that same resolution: "It did not help AIPAC's case for
bipartisanship [at its annual convention] that the lobby this week
successfully pressed for the removal of a provision in an Iraq war funding
bill that would have required the president to get congressional approval
for war against Iran". In the same JTA piece, Representative Gary Ackerman
brags, "you should get them [the Iranians] to know that maybe we're as
crazy as they think we are".

Now Hillary Clinton has shown the world just how crazy she is.

Michael Nolan is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Antiwar.com,
Common Dreams, Dissident Voice, Lew Rockwell.com, and the Vermont
Guardian. He can be reached at: nolanmj [at] msn.com. Read other articles by
Michael.

This article was posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 5:15 am and is filed
under Elections, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Military/Militarism. Send to a
friend.


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Tuesday, 29 April 2008
151 Congressmen Profit From War
by Ralph Forbes
American Free Press
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/151_congressmen_derive_financi.html

Who profits from the Iraq war? More than a quarter of senators and
congressmen have invested at least $196 million of their own money in
companies doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) that profit
from the death and destruction in Iraq.

According to the latest reports, 151 members of Congress invested close to
a quarter-billion in companies that received defense contracts of at least
$5 million in 2006. These companies got more than $275.6 billion from the
government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according to FedSpending.org,
a website of the watchdog group OMBWatch.

Congressmen gave themselves a loophole so they only have to report their
assets in broad ranges. Thus, they can be off as much as 160 percent.
(Try giving the IRS an estimate like that.) In 2004, the first full year
after the present Iraq war began, Republican and Democratic lawmakers -
both hawks and doves - invested between $74.9 million and $161.3 million
in companies under contract with the DoD. In 2006 Democrats had at least
$3.7 million invested in the defense sector alone, compared to the
Republicans' "only" $577,500. As the war raged on, so did the billions of
profits - and personal investments by Congress members in war contractors,
which increased 5 percent from 2004 to 2006.

Investments in these contractors yielded Congress members between $15.8
million and $62 million in personal income from 2004 through 2006, through
dividends, capital gains, royalties and interest. Sen. John Kerry
(D-Mass.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who are two of Congress's
wealthiest members, were among the lawmakers who garnered the most income
from war contractors between 2004 and 2006: Sensenbrenner got at least
$3.2 million and Kerry reaped at least $2.6 million.

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees
which oversee the Iraq war had between $32 million and $44 million
invested in companies with DoD contracts.

War hawk Sen. Joe Lieberman (IConn.), chairman of the defense-related
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, had at least
$51,000 invested in these companies in 2006.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), who voted for Bush's war, had stock in
defense companies, such as Honeywell, Boeing and Raytheon, but sold the
stock in May 2007.

Of the 151 members whose investments are tied to the "defense" (war)
industry, as far as we know, not one of them offered to donate their
bloodstained profits to the national treasury to offset the terrible
debt they have imposed. Has one of them even offered to donate one cent
of their war profits to lessen the debt that increases more than $1
million a minute?

When our boys and girls are wounded the government bills them to return
their reenlistment bonus. They have to return any pay they received
while they were hospitalized. They have to pay for their helmets and
uniforms that are destroyed in the hell of war. But they keep on
fighting for these politicians' right to keep their war profits.

 Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) $3,001,006 to $5,015,001
 Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) $250,001 to $500,000
 Rep. Kenny Ewell Marchant (R-Tex.) $162,074 to $162,074
 Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) $115,002 to $300,000
 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) $115,002 to $300,000
 Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) $100,870 to $100,870
 Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) $65,646 to $65,646
 Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) $50,008 to $227,000
 Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) $50,001 to $100,000
 Rep. Stephen Ira Cohen (D-Tenn.) $45,003 to $150,000


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Hill: D.C. Dems Back Off Health Care Promises
by David Sirota
Posted April 24, 2008 | 09:38 AM (EST)

In a stunning - if predictable - story, the Hill newspaper reports that
congressional Democrats are now saying that they will effectively thwart
any effort to create a national health care program. Here is the key
excerpt:

"Congressional Democrats are backing away from healthcare reform promises
made by their two presidential candidates, saying that even if their party
controls the White House and Congress, sweeping change will be
difficult...Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), a member of Senate Democratic
leadership and a key Hillary Clinton ally who also sits on the Finance
Committee, said he is 'not sure we have the big plan on healthcare.'
'Healthcare I feel strongly about, but I am not sure that we're ready for
a major national healthcare plan,' Schumer said Rep Kendrick Meek
(D-Fla.), a Clinton supporter who sits on the House Ways and Means
Committee, said "the money is not necessarily there right now"  to enact
the plans." There's a lot to unpack here.

First and foremost, to those in Washington who say the nation should just
wait for Washington to act on health care and wait for Democrats to win
control of Congress and the presidency, this story exposes the glaring
failure of that strategy - especially as states move forward into the
breach. Health care reform has to be a dual effort - at the federal level
and at the state level. And most likely, real reform is going to start in
the states - in part, because Democrats in Washington are so afraid of
their own shadow and bought off by Big Money interests that they are now
acknowledging that they are not serious about fulfilling their health care
promises.

Second, you'll notice the right-wing arguments being made by Democrats in
this piece. Schumer, like a reliable Fox News anchor, tells us that
America isn't "ready" for national health care plan, despite polls over
the last decade showing strong support for such a concept. Likewise, Meek
- playing right into the Grover Norquist "drown it in the bathtub" mantra,
claims the federal government doesn't have the cash to pay for a health
care overhaul - even as Congress continues writing blank checks to fund
the Iraq War.

Finally, this reminds us of the need for progressives to focus on building
a social movement, rather than exclusively on winning elections. Democrats
are effectively saying that no matter how many elections are won, they
will not move forward on the most pressing domestic issue. That's because
there isn't yet a powerful social movement putting constant pressure on
both parties - and instilling fear in both parties. The infrastructure
that has been built in recent years is largely partisan rather than
movement-oriented - that is, aimed at buttressing the Democratic Party,
regardless of what it does. If we are to get health care reform, it will
require a movement - not a party.

--
Comment by Lydia Howell:
So we can't count on the Dems to end the war and now we can't count
on them to do anything to reform health care. Remind me of how it is that
the Dems are so damn different from the Republicans? Maybe, the Dems will
get a backbone & NOT allow ANOTHER war on Iran! Ooops. Forgot Hillary said
her solution is to just "totally obliterate" the Iranians. (And people
said Nader was soooo wrong to say "there's not being a dime's worth of
difference between the two parties".
Don't you love living in a democracy with the freedom to choose between
two political parties?! LH


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