Same old rhetoric from the right wing
Calling Obamacare a failure over early website problems is political propaganda at its worst. While Republicans continue to rail against the Affordable Care Act they ignore that as of early April, 8 million people have signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Three million young adults also gained coverage because they were able to stay on their parents plan. Three million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February. Sadly, 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 states controlled by Republicans have not expanded Medicaid. Five million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Rep. Daniel Reed, R-N.Y., said that Americans would come to feel “the lash of the dictator.” Sen. Daniel Hastings, R-Del., declared it would “end the progress of a great country.” Rep. John Taber, R-N.Y., said it would “enslave workers.” Rep. Thomas A. Jenkins, R-Ohio, called it a “compulsion of the rankest kind.” The conservative American Liberty League called it “the end of democracy.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called it a job killer and unconstitutional. The Republican nominee for president called it “a fraud on the working man” and “a cruel hoax” and promised to repeal it if elected.
Though these statements may sound familiar to recent ones, they were made by Republicans and their allies in the mid-1930s while criticizing new legislation called Social Security.
Social Security has become one of the most popular federal programs in U.S. history and likely our greatest achievement in the past 80 years. Social Security protects our elderly against poverty and assures young people of a more secure future. And if Republicans had got their way, it probably wouldn’t exist. The Social Security system must be protected at all costs. Republican efforts in Congress to reduce future benefits and raise the retirement age to 70 must be stopped.
Birther Dilemma: Supporting a Canadian (by their standards) for U.S. President
Conservative hero Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a likely GOP presidential candidate, was born in Canada to an American-born mother and a father born in Cuba, who was a Cuban citizen until 2005.
Birthers claim that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore an illegitimate president. In numerous polls of Republican voters, a majority of participants have questioned whether Obama is eligible to be president.
Just like Cruz’s mother, Obama’s mother was a U.S.-born American citizen. Even birthers don’t dispute that.
Progressives Led Efforts to Bring:
|• Social Security||• Women’s Rights||• Civil Rights|
|• Medicare||• Voting Rights||• Child Labor Laws|
|• Healthcare Reform||• Fair Tax Rates||• College Financial Aid|
|• Living Wage Jobs||• Home Tax Deductions||• School Modernization|
|• Workplace Safety||• Consumer Rights||• An End to Unjust Wars|
|• 40-Hour Work Week||• Food & Drug Safety||• Environmental Protection|
|• Labor Rights||• Antitrust Legislation||• Conservation Measures|
|In almost every case, conservatives strongly opposed these efforts that better the lives of all Americans.|
What are Progressives
The origins of the progressive movement date back to the 1880s. Progressivism describes a political movement and ideology in which subscribers believe in progress, change, or reform, particularly in regard to who has control over people’s lives.
Progressives tend not to like the status quo and see the current political climate as being dominated by corporate and other special interests whose agendas are contrary to the best interests of the vast majority of Americans. They believe government must protect citizens from the greed of big business and the most wealthy among us. Progressives embrace pluralism and individual human freedom.
Progressives are a diversified bunch. They come from all political parties with a full range of human characteristics.
Progressive ideology supports human rights, living wages, pacifism, consumer safety, healthcare reform, a stop to corruption in politics, an end to corporate welfare, environmental protections, and Social Security. Liberals believe that a woman has the right to decide what happens with her body. Marriage is the union of people who love each other. They favor the separation of church and state. Progressives champion consumer rights and seek a government run by the people rather than special interest groups. They advocate staying out of unjust military conflicts.
Without progressives we would not have unemployment benefits, public libraries, a women’s right to vote, environmental protections such as clean air, food safety, a 5-day work week, living wages, child labor laws, desegregation, national parks, Social Security, Medicare, and many other things that Americans take for granted and that make our nation great.