"Representative Kucinich was livid when he found out that his provision to allow states to create a single payer system was stripped," News Junkie Post noted. "Kucinich’s amendment passed the House Labor and Education Committee in July. 'No one gave me any rational reason,' Kucinich said. 'I can only assume the insurance company interests brought pressure to take it out. Otherwise I would have heard from someone.'
Watch the video. It enrages me that they stripped the amendment from the bill. A pox on all their houses.
I was watching C-Span years ago when a right vs left issue was being debated. Dennis has just finished making a rousing speech for the liberal view when my right wing Arizona Senator, John Kyle, loomed over little Dennis and gave him a nasty 'brow beating' tongue lashing that was shocking in it's ferocity. I have never been more angered and disgusted. When Kyle gives interviews here at home honey drips from his mouth. It was amazing to see him become a Goliath to a David on the floor of the house. Dennis just looked stunned and didn't respond. John is a large man and Dennis is a small man in stature. That day Dennis was the big man while John became a tiny mean spirited midget. For my money, David won again that day.
During my lifetime as a voter I have been a member of all three parties. When I was young I had to wait until I was 21 to vote (Yes, kiddies; back in the dark ages that was the law.). I wanted all the perks of adulthood, so after my 21st birthday I rushed right down to register, but having no firm convictions of my own I borrowed my families allegiance to the Republican party and registered as one. I did not always vote Republican, but I always voted. I have never missed an election.
My family were staunch Republicans because it was the party of Abraham Lincoln and two of my great grandfathers fought for the North in the Civil War. I can assure you, they would not be Republicans in today's repugnant party. My grandparents were far too liberal to stay in the party of NO.
When I got married at the age of 23 my husband and I decided we should do our civic duty and become voters. Since we were not sure of what the political parties stood for we decided to register as Independents. That worked until we realized that we were unable to vote in the Primaries. Now that we were full fledged adults, with all of the attendant responsibilities, we wanted the whole enchilada. Because my mother always worked during election for the Republican party I decided that we should change our registration to Republican. (You did get that part about "I decided" didn't you? I guess you know who wore the pants in my family. )
We remained Republicans until Richard Nixon changed all that. I watched the hearings with an avid curiosity and became interested in politics with a vengeance. When I realized what the difference was between the Republican and Democratic parties I decided I was with the wrong group. I think I was born a liberal and I am proud of it. (But that's a subject for another post.) So with my husband in tow, it was off to the Court House again to switch to the Democratic party . (He was not as obsessive as I was and probably went along with me to keep peace in the family.)
I remain a Democrat because there are still a few men and women of principle in their ranks. Dennis Kucinich is certainly one. The Republicans are now a lost cause. I will stick with the Democrats as long as there are Democratic Congresspersons who still put the nation's good above their pocketbooks. Or until another party has enough clout to make a difference.
My expectations for Obama were too high. I wish it were not so, but I am becoming disenchanted with his lack of strong leadership. Yes, he talks a beautiful game and I am still hoping he matures and grows the backbone to do more pushing and shoving. Bipartisanship has its place but the Republicans have proven over and over that it will not happen as long as they are able to filibuster a bill. I say, let them stew in their own juice like they made the Democrats squirm when they were in power.
If I could give advice to Obama it would be 'Forget the Republicans and start putting the pressure on the cowardly blue dog Democrats and tell them they will not get the backing of the White House when election time rolls around if they continue to be obstructionists.' The same goes for that turncoat, Joe Lieberman IN SPADES!
Obama has the veto pen and it's time he started to do a little threatening with it. If he doesn't he may lose his majority in the next election. Politics is a brawling, messy game and not for the faint of heart. You can't be an upright mild mannered gentleman if you want to win. Sorry but that's the way it is. It's a fight to the finish.