Paul Krugman says getting effective health care reform would have been easier under Richard Nixon largely for two reasons: 1) Republicans were still capable of pragmatic and honest negotiation because they had not yet become the party that used lies such as "death panels" as their political positions and 2) today the entrenched and extremely powerful corporate interests make our political climate much worse than that in the early 1970s because too many politicians, both Democratic and Republican, are in hock to the moneyed interests. As he says:
Actually turning this country around is going to take years of siege warfare against deeply entrenched interests, defending a deeply dysfunctional political system.
On a personal note, I'm moving back to Portland where I'll be giving a Left Coast perspective from Oregon rather than the Bay Area. Preparing for the move has created even more challenges in keeping up with the news. Sorry for even less posts than normal.