So unlike Paul Krugman who’s just being critical of Obama’s lack of a mandate, over at Spot-on I think I see the political brilliance behind it–or am I just deluding myself? Come back here to comment of course:
It’s a perplexing time to be a liberal. A Martian arriving on earth,
having seen the Republicans pandering hard to their base in the
primaries would assume the Democratic base would be rallying behind the
candidate who held the correct positions in 2004, and be apologizing
for ignoring him last time.
Getting to voluntary universal coverage by trying to lower encourage
lower costs and hoping everyone will join in will not work, and even
Obama’s main health care adviser admits it.
But this irrationality has got me thinking. Why is Obama trying to promote something he knows won’t work?
Read the rest at Spot-On
Meanwhile, there’s an almost companion piece also at Spot-on from Deborah Klosky. Interestingly, both pieces focus on misinterpretations of how our society
actually functions – Deb notes that assuming women will care for the old and
sick is as out-dated as assuming they’re able to stay home and care for their
children. Some are but many – most are not. She writes:
It’s the same problem as with caring for a child; our current
system relies on a mythical, anachronistic view – there’s a big happy family
living all together, with mom in the kitchen running the home front all
Kind of like Obama – a little wishful thinking might go a long way. Read Deb’s piece also at Spot-on