November 29, 2006

Faced with do-nothing Republican government, states take the lead

The Progressive States Network recently sent out a piece noting an article in Forbes magazine noting the concern of big business who have controlled D.C. for years over progressive actions at the state level.
Forbes: "The real action will be at the state level"

Forbes knows it:

Raise the minimum wage. Attack global warming. Negotiate lower prescription drug prices. Extend health coverage to the uninsured. Protect consumers from identity theft. A to-do list for Democrats taking over Congress? Nope, a sample of what states are up to.

If you're the type who prefers that government do as little as possible, you might be heartened by the prospect of a divided Washington that will likely gridlock on significant issues. But watch your back.

The real action will be at the state level, already a hotbed of interventionism that is likely to grow more so now that Washington is split and Democrats have firmer control in state capitals.

Janet Novack, the author of the piece, goes on to note a handful of key areas where business is already being alerted to state leadership:

  • Global Warming - California and Northeastern states have taken the lead. Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is expected to do more and there is talk of big action in the Rocky Mountain West, an area likely to be hit hard by climate change.
  • Privacy and Identity Theft - The financial services industry is hoping the federal government will preempt state privacy laws, for fear that big states will force banks and others to protect privacy nationwide. Oh, the horror!
  • Prescription Drugs - States have been major leaders. Novack describes California's recent bill "should have pharmaceutical executives reaching for Valium."
  • Health Insurance - States have already been leading and they aren't going to wait for Washington to continue sitting on its laurels.
  • Minimum Wage - In the last year, numerous legislatures raised the minimum wage and six more states followed suit through ballot measures. The momentum is predicted to continue to expand to more states in the near future.

All of this is great news for progressives. But something else here is key: Both BusinessWeek and Forbes are recognizing states as the key policy battlegrounds for the next two years.

Will progressives realize what the corporate readership of these two mags already have?

Hopefully, they will -- and they'll get on board with PSN's "Building a Progressive Majority in the States" Agenda.

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At 11/30/2006 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does this have to do with Sen. Mike Jacobs?

At 11/30/2006 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about do-nothing Republican government. The connection is obvious.

At 12/02/2006 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lame list.
Global Warming is a nice theory, at best. Prescription drugs is just paying for the addiction of the US to legal drugs. Health insurance, as in Illinois, is nothing more than a feel good effort that is, usually, unfunded. Minimum wage is a is both good and bad, but there is no coralation to a higher minimum wage and economic prosperity (RICO has a higher minimum wage, yet has extremely high poverty).

I wish that the list identified real issues,

1. Immigration Reform that truely affects every individual in the country.
2. Social Security reform, which one would have to be brain-dead not to admit that SS is heading for insolvency.
3. Healthcare Reform - not 'giving' more overpriced healthcare to people, but truely dealing with the overall healthcare cost issue.
4. Budget deficits.
5. Crime/ personal responsibility and criminal justice system.

There are real issues that the Republicans have not addressed - and the Democrats are too busy pointing fingers and pushing across-the-board welfare, thus they have not addressed them.

At 12/02/2006 11:35 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You're a fool if you think Global Warming isn't real and verifiable. And worse than that is the fact that your attitude could very well have catastrophic consequences.

As to your list of issues which should be addressed, I'd agree with all to certain degrees, but certainly not in the order you'velisted them.

The criminal justice system is an issue which is too often overlooked but which probably squanders an amount of tax dollars that would make those like yourself who begrudge every dime given to the needy cringe.

The prisons are full to bursting with non-violent offenders, many for simple possession of marijuana or other drugs.

The system itself is in dire need of examination, as is the right wing philosophy that there's no problem that can't be solved by simply tossing a huge portion of the population in jail where they drain resources rather than contribute.

Immigration reform is something which I feel will be a passing concern. While it's clear that some adjustments need to be done, the problem is simply resistant to any real fix and the threat is overblown to a large degree.

The country has never prospered by trying to keep immigrants out of the country. And a large part of the hysteria on this issue is simply due to white people freaking out at the prospect of losing their majority and priviledged status in the U.S.
Nothing more.

If you can cite me one instance of ANY Democrat pushing "across the board welfare", please let us know.

I'm certain you can't.

At 12/02/2006 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Global warming? I am just staying up night worrying about this issue. Pleaze!

Real people care less about this issue. They want to talk about little ticket items --- jobs, healthcare, edcuation, not global warming. If they cared Al Gore would have won!

At 12/02/2006 6:50 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

As a matter of fact, Al Gore DID win, moron.

At 12/03/2006 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lloked it up on the Internet and noticed that some fella named Geroge Bush is President of these United States. What does Al Gore do for a living. Hey, I thought you said Gore won the election?

At 12/03/2006 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Gore...I do not think so.

Lighten up Dope...calling someone a moron because they believe that Gore is not the President?

Sometimes you have a real 'jerk' side to you...

At 12/03/2006 10:49 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anyone who makes an argument that Al Gore's message was rejected because he lost in 2000 is a moron, plain and simple.

Gore got over half a million more of the popular vote than Bush and there's serious evidence that he would have won in FL if all votes had been counted.

So yeah, the commenter is a moron.

Gore's message wasn't rejected. It actually won.

To suggest otherwise is to be a jerk.


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