Sunday, October 04, 2009

The Wrong Side of Right

We get emails. This is from someone using the name "south90":
You probably have heard this before. I vote for the person, not the party. I happened to see this article yesterday about a Republican governor who is sorry he opposed the national park program: I may be changing the way I vote.

It is not only about a great national park. It is also about doing the right thing by people and the politicians who are for and against it.

It got me to thinking how almost every modern law that makes life better happened because of a Democratic president and Democratic congress. Social Security, minimum wage, unemployment compensation, the G.I. Bill, FHA mortgages, Medicare, the Civil Rights Act, fair housing, federal college loan programs, Medicaid, handicapped access, the Family Leave Act. Maybe a few moderate Republicans voted for some of those things. But the main Republican Party was violently against them. They only happened because of Democratic presidents and a Democratic majority in Congress.

That says a lot about who to trust on health insurance reform.

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