The esteemed journalist Bill Moyers was on "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night, where he elegantly laid out the frustrations progressive voters are experiencing with the Obama administration, especially with regard to health care and the war in Afghanistan. Watch his half-hour interview (split into three parts) here, here, and here. A sample of his thoughts on the Democrats and health care:
"I cannot understand why this country has not embraced then notion of health care as a common human need to which everyone should have access regardless of their economic resources. I just can't understand that."
"The problem is the Democratic Party. This is a party that has told its progressives, who are the most outspoken champtions of health-care reform, to sit down and shut up. That's what Rahm Emanuel, in effect the Chief of Staff of the White House, told progressives when they stood up as a unit in Congress and said, 'No public insurance option, no health care reform.' And I think the reason for that is that in the time since I was there forty years ago, the Democratic party has become like the Republican party, deeply influenced by corporate money."