It looks like the Deepwater Horizon tragedy will rival or eclipse health insurance reform as one of the life-altering events of the Obama era. This, the greatest man-made environmental disaster in our history, is the mother of wake up calls.
Some 500 days into the new administration, progressives are souring on Obama's leadership. It is this precise moment when I propose that progressives turn this disappointment into a reflection on our selves rather than on a single political figure.
Thanks to British Petroleum, most of the country knows we've reached the limits of where we can drill for oil. And thanks to EOG Resources Inc. we know that natural gas is just as dangerous to get as deep-water oil drilling is.
America's Future Now will provide opportunities for progressives to plan the next steps for our economy. What further reforms must Congress address next year? How can we press Congress to stand up for its non-corporate constituents?
Elites are selling this as a grand compromise: Conservatives get Social Security cuts, and liberals get a tax increase. Oh, boy. My question is: what do regular folks get out of the deal besides screwed?
From throwing people into a system without any choice, to providing a windfall to insurance companies, to using women's rights to get it done, this health care bill is one Richard Nixon would have loved.