Progressive Democrat Issue 248
President Obama has, in scarcely more than a year, hurt the Taliban far more than Bush and Cheney ever did during their entire 8 years occupying the White House. From the Christian Science Monitor:
Half of Afghanistan Taliban leadership arrested in Pakistan
Pakistan has arrested nearly half of the Afghanistan Taliban’s leadership in recent days, Pakistani officials told the Monitor Wednesday, dealing what could be a crucial blow to the insurgent movement.
In total, seven of the insurgent group’s 15-member leadership council, thought to be based in Quetta, Pakistan, including the head of military operations, have been apprehended in the past week, according to Pakistani intelligence officials
This is WAY beyond anything the Republicans were able to accomplish.
Yes...it really DOES make a difference having a Democrat in the White House. We may not like everything Obama is doing or not doing, but there really has been a difference.
And many of the Democrats we elected to the House have done us proud as well. Congressman Tom Perriello of Virginia was one of my early endorsements in 2008...and though I disagreed with his support of the Pitts-Stupak amendment, I have been impressed with most of what he has accomplished. This week Congressman Perriello introduced a bill into Congress repealing antitrust exemption given to health insurance companies. The House passed this bill...now we have to wait for the Senate to act on it. Here is video of Tom Perriello discussing the bill:
And the bill's co-sponsor, Congresswoman Betsy Markey of Colorado, speaking on the bill:
Two Democrats I am proud to have supported, even if I don't agree with 100% of what they do.
I should note that the ONLY people to vote against this bill were 19 Republicans. Here are the Republican Congressmen who voted for insurance companies over America's working and middle class:
Those are the only Representatives who openly support insurance companies screwing you over.
Meanwhile, in the Senate, helped by 13 Republicans that the teabaggers are now angry at, Democrats passed a much needed jobs bill. I'd like to say I am as proud of our Senators as I am of most of our House Reps, but the Senate has been dragging its feet and, other than Senator Al Franken, I have not been much impressed by the Senate Democrats. I guess they remain better than the Republicans, but that is kind of damning with faint praise.
And, as we watch the aftermath of the earthquake in Chile, here's an interesting comparison between Haiti and Chile in light of right wing extremist assertions that government is a bad thing: Chile and Haiti Illustrate the value of government
Here is this week's newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Discussing Healthcare Reform: Views from Congressman Anthony Weiner and Some Reminders
Brooklyn Focus: Strolling Along the Gowanus Canal
Brooklyn, NY Focus
Manhattan, NY Focus
Queens, NY Focus
Bronx, NY Focus
Suffolk County, NY Focus
Rochester, NY Focus
New York 19th District Focus: Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties
NEW YORK STATE FOCUS
Austin/Travis County, TX Focus
Dallas County, TX Focus
Houston/Harris County, TX Focus
Texas 10th District Focus: Turn TX-10 Blue
Texas 21st District Focus: Turn TX-21 Blue
Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus
San Diego, CA Focus
Orange County, CA Focus
California 11th District Focus: San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties
Sussex County, NJ Focus
Passaic County, NJ Focus
Warren County, NJ Focus
NEW JERSEY FOCUS
Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus
Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus
Hanover County, VA Focus
ALEX SINK'S PLAN TO STRENGTHEN ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR FLORIDA
Atlanta, GA Focus
Fayette County, GA Focus
Coweta County, GA Focus
Lancaster Co. PA Focus
WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS
Fighting for a Stronger Wisconsin: Tom Barrett for Governor
Iowa Focus: Can Populist Roxanne Conlin Beat Corporate Shill Chuck Grassley?
Petitioning in Iowa
NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS