Here are two seemingly unrelated issues in the news, that I think actually have a lot in common. The first is the recent Obama negotiation with Russia to reduce the size of the two countries' nuclear weapons; the second is health care reform.
The Republican party is searching far and wide for any argument it can fabricate to prevent a reduction in American nuclear weapons. From CQ Politics:
"Despite progress by U.S. and Russian leaders this week toward a new nuclear arms reduction treaty, it appears less and less likely that the Senate will ratify any agreement signed by the two governments before the end of the year."
That's entirely due to Republican opposition. Now, as to health care:
Republican Senator Jim De Mint recently had this to say about health care reform:"this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America." "If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him..."
What links these two issues? The fact that each has the potential to avert the deaths of millions of Americans means nothing to Republicans when stacked up against short term corporate profits. That's all, just that.
It's long past time that we in this country stop kidding ourselves that our political life is dominated by two parties with equal commitments to our welfare. The Republican party is owned by the rich, lock, stock and barrel, and it will stand by and watch you die in agony before it will do a thing to get in their way.