Bill Moyer has this to say about the Democratic Party and Health Reform:MOYERS:I dont think the problem is the Republicans . . . .The problem is the Democratic Party. This is a party that has told its progressives -- who are the most outspoken champions of health care reform -- to sit down and shut up. Thats what Rahm Emanuel, the Chief of Staff at the White House, in effect told progressives who stood up as a unit in Congress and said: "no public insurance option, no health care reform."And I think the reason for that is -- in the time since I was there, 40 years ago, the Democratic Part has become like the Republican Party, deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who is a clever politician, understands that the money for Obamas re-election will come from the health care industry, from the drug industry, from Wall Street. And so hes a corporate Democrat who is determined that there wont be something in this legislation that will turn off these interests. . . .HT: Glenn Greenwald http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/08/29/moyers/index.html
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.