So much for "change we can believe in"--The Democrats have blown their historic opportunity to move this country in a progressive direction.
First, the fallout between Obama and the DNC vs. LGBT people, after the Obama DOJ brief defending the anti-gay "Defense of Marriage Act", and the efforts of the Democratic Leaders to push gay rights issues to the backburner, the DNC is losing gay donations and more groups are pulling out of the DNC Gay Fundraiser next week. The latest drop outs include the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the Stonewall Democrats. AmericaBlog's John Aravosis and Andrew Sullivan have declared war on the DNC.
Stonewall Democrats Withdraw from DNC Fundraiser
There is also a growing gap between gay activists and gay Democrats in Congress. Some, like Rep. Barney Frank, are now defending the Obama DOJ and supporting the DNC gay fundraiser. Gay activists are not ready to make up with Obama or the DNC until they start delivering on their campaign promises.
Second, the Democrats in Congress are caving to the insurance lobbyists on heath care reform. Not only have they stopped any consideration of the best plan for universal healthcare, SINGLE-PAYER, they are now taking out any public option and are going along with Republican proposals, like TAXING health insurance benefits! Many prominent Democrats working on the "reform" are deep in the pockets of the healthcare industry--including Tom Daschle and Max Baccus, and are fighting any public health insurance option. They appear to be winning.
Sen. Dems Pare Back Health Bill
Healthcare Lobbyists are Winning the Battle to Screw All Of Us
Third, Democrats now own the Iraq and Afghanistan military occupations. Even many "anti-war" Democrats caved in and voted to support the increased funds for the wars.
Shame on "Anti-War" Democrats Who Sold Out
So much for "Change we Can believe In'--we got more of the same.
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