Happy Grey Tuesday, y’all.
February 2004 Archives
(Lots of stuff to clean out of bookmark folders on various machines — expect a very random dump over the next couple of days.)
Very useful graphic illustrating relative job growth for the last several administrations. BushCo doesn’t fare particularly well… (from Music For America, which I should probably add to the dose one of these days)
It’s pretty late in the game, but somebody sent me an Orkut invitation (thanks Josh!) — an explicit one, that is, I’ve had several people do the “if anybody wants” thing and just not taken them up on it. So, now I’m there (under the name you’d expect), in addition to tribe.net. Whee. I did a few friend-of-friend type crawls and found a fair number of the old school blog tribe representing. Yee haw.
The forum stuff looks less useful than on tribe.net (no tracking of what I’ve already read? Please!), but I like the friend network displays on Orkut better. I won’t be surprised if six months from now, I’m not looking at either of them regularly. So it goes.
I’m surprised by how poorly Clark and Edwards are doing in Washington. I didn’t expect them to do great, but they’re both way down (with 21%) in — basically at or below the ‘Uncommitted’ choice.
I made a number of New Years resolutions this year, which is a bit uncharacteristic of me. So far, one month into it, I’m doing okay, I think. Number one resolution was to quit caffeine — and I haven’t had a drop of the stuff since the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. Number two was to quit drinking soda — and I’ve only had one soda since December 31st, and that was when I was sick and had some Sprite to calm my upset stomach. Number three was to try and work out more — and I worked out 16 days in January. Not great, but I was sick and/or recovering for about 5 days (and just lazy the other ten, I guess.)
How are you doing on your resolutions?
I’ve been working for Governor Howard Dean because I asked myself one, very troubling question:
How did this President manage to sweep aside sixty years of democratic progress and practically banish our party from real power in Washington - when he didn’t even win the popular vote?
The Answer? Because our leaders failed to stand up FOR us by not standing up AGAINST the Republicans.
Instead of defending our principles, our leaders have time and again voted with the right wing and against our interests.
The fact is, for all the issues that really matter to Democrats, Howard Dean has been the candidate to speak out most forcefully, consistently and courageously - for our side.
Just ask the people of Vermont.
While Congress has for years made endless speeches about healthcare and fiscal responsibility, Doctor Howard Dean, as governor, delivered…
He brought health care coverage to 99% of the children and 96% of adults in Vermont - the best record in the nation. His Success by Six program lowered child abuse by 45%. More than a third of Medicare recipients receive state help in paying for prescription drugs and his home health care program, enables more seniors to live with dignity in their own homes instead of being institutionalized.
In spite of inheriting a record deficit, Dean did all of this, and much more, while balancing the budget 11 years in a row and building up a surplus that has allowed Vermont to prosper while other states have suffered. He created 20% more jobs, raised the minimum wage twice and cut income taxes - twice.
…And the people of Vermont re-elected him five times.
Our choice is about far more than campaign promises and noble sounding speeches. It’s about selecting the person who lives by his convictions and actually makes them work for the people. Like Howard Dean did for the people of Vermont.
Our party leaders in Washington have been afraid to oppose George Bush on the Iraq war and the Patriot Act and the Medicare bill and on dozens of other critical issues, because they — were afraid to be called Democrats.
But because Howard Dean — much like Harry Truman — was willing to fight for the truth; he has again made it an act of patriotism to question the Bush administration.
And in doing so he is invigorating the Democratic Party. We have become more engaged and more active in our democracy than we have been in over forty years - hundreds of thousands of people have come back into the party — because of Howard Dean’s vision.
And that’s what it will take to beat George Bush.
IF the last few years have taught us anything, it is that the Democratic party must not back down on our principles, because when we do, the Republicans always win. If we nominate a candidate with a record of voting for just about everything that George Bush has asked for, then we give the voters no reason to vote for us - and we will lose in November.
And so I ask you this one favor on behalf of our country. Before you make your final choice, check out your candidate’s voting record on:
The Iraq war resolution
The Patriot Act
The Medicare hijacking
The so-called No Child Left Behind Act
Each of George Bush’s Tax Breaks for the wealthy
Then ask yourself truthfully if your candidate’s record really reflects your values and the values of the Democratic party. Because if it doesn’t, then he offers no reason for the American people to stand with us - and without that, we cannot win.
Ask those questions and I think that you’ll find what I did - that the only choice for Democrats is Howard Dean - the man who has always stood up for us.
When Americans come to know Howard Dean as a courageous, compassionate doctor with a record of fiscal responsibility and personal dedication unlike anything else in American politics - they will know what Democrats really stand for and we will win.
Okay, after far too long, I’ve cleaned up the comment templates so that they don’t look like ass. Yay me.