Archive for December, 2009

Everyone admires Rhee but DC parents

Robert Vinson Brannum

It is greatly disingenuous for the media and outsiders to ignore the fact primary stakeholders in District public education are the people of the District of Columbia.

It should be so self evident. How can you advance education while you are disrespecting teachers, parents, and stundents?

Senator Webb must be very pleased

Army general in Iraq issues pregnancy ban

And because of the realities of the rape culture that we conspire to never address, very few people will stop to consider that female soldiers who get pregnant as the result of being raped in the war zone, in recruitment centers, in military academies, and in the military generally are now probably more likely to themselves be court-martialled than their rapists, whom the US military loves to ignore.

Dear Santa

Please give Jonah an AAC device.

Please wish Digby a Merry Christmas

She is one of blogosphere’s best.

PA SB 400, health care reform you can believe in

Duncan Black:

A bit tired of people demanding that progressives support a bill which doesn’t exist

What about PA SB 400

An Act providing for a Statewide comprehensive health care system; establishing the Pennsylvania Health Care Plan and providing for eligibility, services, coverages, subrogation, participating providers, cost containment, reduction of errors, tort remedies, administrative remedies and procedures, attorney fees, quality assurance, nonparticipating providers, transitional support and training; and establishing the Pennsylvania Health Care Agency, the Employer Health Services Levy, the Individual Wellness Tax and the Pennsylvania Health Care Board and providing for their powers and duties.

A specific piece of legislation you can read and make a judgment about. There is a real, if slim, chance this could pass and Rendell has promised to sign it. An endorsement from a major blog right now would have a tremendous impact. So how about it Duncan, will the middle C in the mighty casio sound out for SB 400?

Andy Stern is the new John L Sullivan and not in a good way

Andy Stern and the Public Option

I am here today to say I think the employer-based health care system is dead. I think we need to find a system that’s not built on the back of the government. I am here to also say I don’t think we need to import Canada or any other system. We are going to build an American system because we are Americans and we don’t like any other system. So we are going to build our own….. This is now simply a question of leadership and political will. It is not a question of policy. No more policy conferences. (See pages 15-16 of the transcript of the conference proceedings.)

Those were the remarks of Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, a member of the Herndon Alliance and Health Care for America Now (HCAN). Stern made those comments at a June 16, 2006 conference sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the New America Foundation.

It is interesting to consider how similar Stern’s remarks are to those of other “option” movement leaders I have quoted in this six-part series. Like Celinda Lake, Jacob Hacker, Roger Hickey (Campaign for America’s Future) and Bernie Horne (also CAF), Stern has no qualms about promoting the insidious claim that single-payer cannot be enacted in America because “Americans” don’t want it. Like Hacker, Stern preaches opportunism dressed up as political wisdom (he calls for more “political will” and no more stinkin’ “policy conferences”).

A Chicago operation

How Obama Rigged the Caucuses to Win the Nomination