on compromise

Exactly, it is a liberal, left, perhaps socialist idea (and to say that you have to then admit that the rest of the developed world is socialist). And that is exactly the point. The compromise was between hard right ideas–corporate control and power–and between centrist ideas that you like. And compromise is not between the hard right and the center. It should be between the hard right and the hard left, and end up somewhere in the middle, rather than still a ways to the right as we did. And no, I don’t think the right would have objected any more strongly if the administration had made a strong case for single payer, for how could they? They threw everything they had at the centrist starting point; they couldn’t have done more. They were going all out to demonize and brand Obama a socialist NO MATTER what he proposed. You have often said that if Obama went more to the left the right would just scream louder. And I keep asking how that would be possible, and have yet to hear an answer.
I do agree there are many good things in the bill, and maybe it can be strengthened down the road. And it is useful to remember history. When LBJ passed Medicare, the intent was that every five years it would be strengthened by reducing the age when you can receive Medicare, so that within a generation or so all Americans would be covered by Medicare. They didn’t push for that when they passed it because that would have been harder to get passed, so they compromised. And here we are almost a half century later, still fighting for what is a basic human right in the rest of the world.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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