As a lifelong Democrat, it pains me to say the best advocate for people with serious mental illness appears to be Representative Tim Murphy, the Republican Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
First, we can and should demand that the negotiations between Congress and the White House be done in front of C-SPAN cameras. Second, once a "deal" is agreed to, it should be written down in legislative language and put online for every American to read.
Showing reruns in primetime is far more lucrative than convention coverage. But if the three major networks want to avoid rightful challenges to the licenses of its stations, they should accept their mandated responsibility to serve the public interest and not just their bottom line.
It's a shame Eric Massa is leaving when he is. Never mind the definite impression he's a wacko, lying sleaze bag; just as Democrats are groping for some way to pass health care reform, he bails, just when his expertise would be useful.