Great activist movies portray the ongoing struggle between the welfare of working people and larger societal forces, seemingly beyond their control, that threaten their integrity, livelihood, and often, their very survival.
It was amusing -- if appalling -- to watch David Brooks yesterday declare that Sarah Palin is a "joke" and only qualified to be a TV "talk show host." During the 2008 campaign he believed the same thing but refused to put it in print.
What exactly does the HAA accomplish that could possibly attract such broad, bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate? Universal health insurance coverage and immediate deficit neutrality in the first two years.