Sunday, March 27, 2011
Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders to me represent what Democratic Socialists in America say that they want. Both politically and everything else. And since they are not happy with the liberal Democratic Party, because they don't believe they are socialist enough or farther enough to the left. That they see the Democratic Party as "Republican Light", which to me as a democrat is an insult. They should recruit Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders to run for President in 2012.
When Barack Obama ran for President in 2007/08, the Far Left in America got behind then Sen. Obama, because they saw him as a Democratic Socialist. They thought he would try to make America more like Europe, with a broader Welfare State and broaden Democratic Socialism in America. Expand Medicare and Social Security, send everybody who wants to go to college. Increase taxes on High Earners not to pay down the Federal Budget Deficit and Debt, but to bring their vision of what America should but which it isn't. More like Europe and turn America into a Socialist Democracy instead of Liberal Democracy. Which we've always have been since we broke away from the United Kingdom over 230 years ago. As well as gutting the Defense Department to the point where we look more like Europe. But since Barack Obama became President two years ago, Democratic Socialists in America have spent a lot of their time being against the President in his Administration. Because Barack Obama is not a Democratic Socialist and never has been. He's a Liberal Democratic who's also pragmatic. Meaning he rather get most of what he's looking for, instead of nothing. The Recovery Act, Affordable Care Act, Wall Street Reform and the Bush Tax Cuts are prefect examples of this.
I wouldn't want to see Rep. Kucinich and Sen. Sanders run for President in the Democratic Party. And go up against President Obama, as a democrat that would be devastating. And probably cost democrats the Presidential Election as well as Congress in 2012. But the head of a ticket of their own Progressive Party made up of Democratic Socialists. Perhaps a new Socialist Libertarian Party, or broaden a current Socialist Party. Whether its the current Democratic Socialist Party or the Green Party or whoever. Then these socialists in America would have their own Political Party that they could turn to and their own voice in American Politics. Instead of just being a fringe, a vocal fringe but a fringe in the Democratic Party. Democratic Socialists in America will never be happy as democrats, they'll always see us as too mainstream and not idealistic enough. And there's simply not enough of them in the Democratic Party to ever make it the party that they want. But with their own Progressive Party, they'll have their own voice and be able to lay out the policy's and platforms that they want with their own leadership.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
This might sound strange coming from an outsider to Canada, even though I'm an american and we share a three thousand mile border with them. I believe the longest International Border in the World. If you think the American-Mexican Border of two thousand miles is long, then I suggest you check out the American-Canadian Border. Another beautiful long border between two beautiful countries. But as an outsider who's just a two hour flight away from the American-Canadian Border. Or an 8-10 hour drive depending on where I go, I believe I'm well inform enough to comment on the Canadian Electoral System. Also because of how interlink we are, not just on trade but in the media as well. We get each others News Media, sometimes whether we want it or not. Because the news of both countries affects both countries. Because culturally we are so similar with our lifestyles. And we belong to the same International Clubs and work with each other in them. NATO and the United Nations being just a couple examples of that. We cover their news, they cover ours, we see their entertainment, they see ours. We eat similar food, both have very diverse society's, ethnically, racially and other things as well. So when I saw that the Conservative Government lost a No Confidence Vote in the House of Commons on Friday. It signaled to me that Canada is starting to become like Italy in a way, changing governments every few years. Because none of the Major Parties in Canada have enough support or the full trust of the Canadian People. To stay in power and at least finish their full term.
This is an indicator to me anyway as an American Outsider, that its time for Electoral Reform in Canada. And at least set up a system where when one party wins the General Election. And becomes the Ruling Party, that they at least get to finish their term. Whether thats four years or five years. And then have Mid Term Elections similar to America, where the Canadian House and Senate run for reelection. So if the Canadian People doesn't like the government halfway through, they would be able to respond by electing Members of Parliament from the other parties. To make the Prime Minister weaker and send them the message that we don't like what your doing and you need to change course. Or you could very well be out of power in the next election. This would allow the Prime Minister to take Bold Leadership and actually lead the country. And not have to worry about facing a No Confidence Vote every time they make a tough decision. And if voters don't like what the Prime Minister is doing, they can take it out on the Ruling Party in the Mid Term Elections as well in the next General Election.
Also even though the Canadian Parliament is technically a Bi Cameral Legislature like the United States Congress. The Canadian Senate even though its technically the Upper Chamber, has almost no real authority if any. Unlike the US Senate which is the Upper Chamber in Congress, by title and in practice. The House of Commons has most of the power in Parliament. The Canadian Senate is very similar to the United Kingdoms House of Lords, in structure and in practice. With appointed Senators and not much if any authority. So I would make the Senate democratic with all the Senators up for reelection. And make the Leader of the Senate and at large member and the Leader of the Majority Party. With the Minority Leader the Leader of the Minority Party also an at large member. The Senate representing the Canadian Provinces and Territory's equally. Similar to the US Senate and the real Upper Chamber in Parliament. If your going to have a Senate in a Democracy, then it should have real authority and be accountable to the people.
Looks like Canada will have another General Election in May, for like the fourth time in like six years. Hopefully the Canadian People will vote for a party they like and trust. Rather then vote for the lesser of the evils.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
During the Stimulus Debate of 2009, Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who I admit I agree with about as often has elephants fly to the Moon. But who's someone who I have a lot of respect for, because he's honest, he's someone who says what he believes and wants to do the right thing. We just have a different approach to solving problems. His approach is more Federal Government centered, my approach is more people centered. But he did have a very good amendment attached to the Recovery Act regarding Community Health Clinics. Especially for under served areas, urban and rural. Where people there have to go a long way, make a days trip which might mean taking time off from work. And losing a days pay to get Health Care. We could build the best most Cost Effective Health Care System in the World. But if people can't get to the Health Care that they can afford, its pointless. We might as well just have the most expensive Health Care System in the World. With too many doctors and hospitals and too much medicine. Too many doctors, hospitals and medicine would be a great problem to have. But I doubt we'll ever have to worry about having it. Sen. Sanders also managed to get his Community Health Clinics amendment attached to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. That the House GOP Leadership is now trying to gut. Which won't happen because the President and the Democratic Senate would never let it happen.
Sen. Sanders Community Health Clinics idea got me to thinking when I wrote my own Health Care reform plan back in 2009. Expecting not to completely like the final product. The Affordable Care Act, which I was right because it left out things that I would've liked to see in it. For political reasons, like the Public Option and preventive Health Care. Which both would've saved a lot of money. Which is why I came up with the idea. For my version of Community Health Clinics. I would create an independent of the Federal Government as well as Self Sufficient of Tax Payers, a United Health Service. A National Organization of Community Health Clinics that would compete with private Health Clinics as well as other government run Health Clinics. With its own management and Board of Directors, that they would select themselves. With their own local affiliates, that they would select. That would be subject to oversight by the Administration and Congress as well as Federal Courts. That would be Non Profit with its own staff that they would hire and would have no unfair advantage in the Health Care Market. They would compete fairly with other Non Profit Health Clinics. And one of the best parts of the UHS, is that it would be Self Financed, unlike the Veterans Administration. It would be paid for by its patients through their Health Insurance or their Health Savings Account, their choice.
UHS Health Centers would be targeted to under served areas where its hard to find an affordable place to get Health Care. Or where people would have to make long trips to get to them. Whether they live in urban or rural areas. These Health Centers would only provide Health Care that has to do with the patients health or life to cut costs. No Luxury Procedures. I like this approach especially over the NHS in the United Kingdom. Because the UHS would be another option a good option for people to use to get their Health Care. This wouldn't be a Private or Public Monopoly, the UHS would expand Freedom of Choice which is important in Health Care as well. And people would be able to decide for themselves where and from whom to get their Health Care.