March 30, 2010

Yays and Nays on Major Social Legislation

Keep the graphic in mind while you read a little hunk from PBS News Hour:

JIM LEHRER: Senator, as you know -- much has been made of this -- that, through history, recent history in particular, Republicans have opposed things like Social Security, Medicare, even civil rights legislation, but then, once they lost, they took some deep breaths and moved on, and then finally ended up embracing many of these major changes in -- in laws and in the way we do business here.

Is that going to happen with health care reform?

SEN. JON KYL: Jim, could I argue a little with the premise of your question?

JIM LEHRER: All right. OK. Sure.

SEN. JON KYL: The civil rights legislation was pushed by Republicans, as you will recall. It was the Southern Democrats who filibustered it, who fought against it.

The last...

JIM LEHRER: Excuse me. I was just thinking specifically of Senator Barry Goldwater, a colleague of yours in -- in -- from Arizona, who did oppose -- I'm not saying all Republicans. I didn't mean to suggest all Republicans.

The only thing bi-partisan about the health-care bill was the opposition to it, and no matter how many times people on the Left, like Jim Lehrer, try to paint Republicans as racists for opposing Obama, facts get in their way (not that they care).

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