President Obama and the DLC – A Retrospective By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on TPJmagazine
Dec. 20, 2009

Many of us on the Left, whether that’s the Democratic Party Left or the Real Left, are becoming increasingly disturbed, upset, concerned, what-have-you, with the behavior of President in office.  We are surely concerned with his Afghanistan policy which is distinguishable from that of Bush-Cheney only in that he is sending more troops.  We are concerned with his lack of leadership on the central elements of health policy reform, such as providing for a true public option with teeth, protecting the freedom of religious belief (otherwise known protecting belief as to when life begins and thus abortion rights),  and real regulation of the private, for-profit insurance companies.  We are concerned with his giving way to the respective Right-wings on Israel-Palestine and Honduras.  We are concerned with the virtual inaction on the sanctifiers of torture.  And so on and so forth.

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