Here’s my blog digest for July 2nd through July 3rd:
- Urban vs. Academic Progressives – During the primary, Barack Obama came under some criticism for being inconsistent in his position on single-payer health care. But, he explained his mix of idealism and pragmatism in early 2007: In a profile of the Senator in the New Yorker this past spring he offered that, “a single-payer system-a government-managed system like Canada’s, which disconnects health insurance from employment-‘would probably make sense. But we’ve got all these legacy systems in place, and managing the transition, as well as adjusting the culture to a different system, would be difficult to pull off. So we may need a system that’s not so disruptive that people feel like suddenly what they’ve known for most of their lives is thrown by the wayside.'” Another way of putting this is that Barack Obama would prefer a single-payer system but that it is politically impossible to get it done at the moment and he isn’t going to let people go without health insurance just because health coverage is a theoretically better solution. Now, you can be cynical and say he’s just making excuses, but this is a consistent theme with Obama and I believe it comes from his experiences working with the needy in the inner city. I think those experiences inform a lot of his pragmatic approaches and that what might seem centrist is actually coming from a progressive place.
- What Color are Your Glasses? – How many of you think that things are so bad that the safest thing to do is to let them get a whole lot worse really quickly so that things come to a head and we don’t delude ourselves that we can get by with small changes? And how many of you think things are so bad that the safest thing to do is have the Democrats win the White House and sweeping victories in both Houses of Congress so that we can emphatically reject the Bush administration and get headed as soon as possible in a better direction?
- What Obama Can Learn From Bubba –
- Obama FlipFlops on – Gay rights moved to the forefront of the presidential campaign Tuesday after Democratic Sen. Barack Obama’s announcement that he opposes a November ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California.
- Christopher Hitchens Admits Waterboarding is Torture –