Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blue Dog Democrats...


...are Democrats I can like.
Yellow Dog Democrats - hmm...

I just had to go to Wikipedia.com to get straight on that.

I'm thinking Obama is more liberal and socialist than we thought.
...and more confusing.

(I'm trying to act like I'm know what I'm talking about.)

4 comments:

Sara Elizabeth said...

I'm confused by politics, too... but mostly, I'm just confused at why we are so divided, when we should be united...

It's disheartening, really.

Being Beth said...

Never heard of either one. I think Red bull is an energy drink. Maybe Yellow Dog's are addicted to Red Bulls??? Must do some reading in Wikipedia.

Nancy said...

That's funny, Beth.

Anonymous said...

Yellow Dog Democrats are named for their history of voting for any candidate as long as he was Democrat, even if he was a "yellow dog". Coined because the South was voting against all legislation passed down from Lincoln chiefly because he was a Republican. Blue Dog Democrats...I had to Wiki that one too. Strange. Texas was yellow dog democrat until LBJ. Did you know that? Kinda funny.

I'm not sure what you mean about Obama being socialist but I would say that you might feel better if you saw the definition of socialism. Oh Wikipedia, how I love thee! It's mostly about the distribution of goods and production being controlled by the government. And you should also know that the US has never been a true Capitalist nation. Pure capitalism doesn't actually work. It eventually collapses. We have been a mixed capitalist economy since the anti-trust legislation was passed, I think. My high school economics is not serving me well at the moment, haha!

Anyway, I read an article written by the leader of the Democratic Socialists of America and he is critical of Obama for not being socially liberal enough. I'm convinced those fears and labels all have to do with who you listen to! Of course, I'm widely regarded as a hippie so you might be wary of listening to me too!!

As far as the healthcare reform - the best thing about the framework put forth in the Senate is an emphasis on preventative care. That would mean people would not be depending on emergency care as their only medical help. Everyone would have a primary care doctor and be able to afford regular check-ups. This could mean HUGE increases in pre-natal treatment and therefore, the amount of under weight, unhealthy babies in NICU's across the country decrease. I'm optimistic but that's what you get when you ask a hippie at 3am...