Mandate, shmandate! Weren't you progressives disappointed when governors Romney and Schwarzenegger went for mandated private plans instead of tax supported. So why do you (I'm talking to the columnists/bloggers: Paul Krugman/Ezra Klein variety) now all go full blast for mandates?
Why do you go along with Hillary and friends -- the Clintons who according to Joe Stigler screwed up on 7 out of 10 domestic economic issues (I cannot think of them all now, but read Joe's Roaring Nineties) and just about all foreign issues (forcing nations from South East Asia to Argentina into depressions in order to pay US bankers); the Clintons who brought you a minimum wage that was one dollar an hour short of Eisenhower's, three years into their administration, one week before their renomination convention with only 70% public support. The current minimum wage hike will top out at around fifty cents below Eisenhower's by the time inflation takes its 2009 bite.
When are you progressives going to stop pushing intellectual chess pieces of the automatically-doable (you often mistakenly think) around -- and start FIGHTING for what is merely possible but actually desirable?
The Republicans (one thinks of Newt "the Grinch" Ging-rich) are stupid but they fight like hell which is why they get what they want. Try FIGHTING (okay, advocating) for what you really want for once. Truly desperate American workers await you -- or somebody.