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It has been more than four decades since the Congress of the United States has been able to summon the will to pass a major piece of social legislation. Not since 1965, when Medicare and the Voting Rights Act both overcame decades of opposition to become law, has Congress proved itself up to the task.

Visiting US Senators from left, John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, John Barrasso and John Thune attend a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, 01/08/10. (photo: B.K. Bangash/AP)
Visiting US Senators from left, John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, John Barrasso and John Thune attend a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, 01/08/10. (photo: B.K. Bangash/AP)

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0 # Guest 2010-02-07 08:13
Massa Shelby wields his bullwhip. Gotta put that uppity boy in his place.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-02-07 09:11
I will continue to argue, even as they tamp the dirt onto my casket, that the reason we've been unable to get any major social programs passed since 1965 is that the fight against social programs was made part and parcel of the fight against what a great American called "Communist infiltration, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy", and thus opposition to social spending became inextricably linked, in the public mind, to the purity of America's natural fluids.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-02-07 12:21
An apt turn of phrase. Also, as Eisenhower (howe were his fluids?) warned us against, "the military-indust rial complex" has the economy in its grip. The healthcare industry is a big lobe of that complex, and a "financial services" sector that produces nothing but is too big to fail have all contributed to the economy that is "recovering well" except for the people who haven't got homes or jobs.

Incidentally, the reader of the L.A. Times commented that Medicare part D was a social program, hated by liberals because it didn't set up a beauraucracy. It was a giveaway to the Drug Companies: Medicare cannot save by buying generic, and the government outlawed importing cheaper drugs from abroad. Doesn't sound fiscally conservative to me.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-02-07 13:16
Without vision the people perish!

Our institutions are failing us, power to the people!

The Constitution does not say "We the Wealthy!"
 

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