Congresswoman Jackie Speier in Pacifica, Saturday


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Sun, March 14, 2010


The Pacifica Democrats and the Daly City/Colma Democrats are hosting a visit by our Congressional representative, Jackie Speier.  Congresswoman Speier will be discussing health care reform at a breakfast meeting at the Sharp Park Golf Course from 9:30 to 11:30am.

All Pacifica Democrats’ meetings are open to the public. You don’t need to be a club member, or a Democrat, to attend. A full breakfast is available for $12; continental breakfast for $6; or coffee only for $3. 

Due to the anticipated popularity of this event, RSVP’s are requested. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Seating is between 9:00 a.m. and 9: 30 a.m. Meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. To RSVP, please call Barbara Arietta, President of the Pacifica Democrats at 415-246-0775 or email her at [email protected]


This should be interesting. I’m guessing she’ll pull her best Ginger Rogers, dancing in synch with the “need” for health care reform, and sashaying skirting around the “way” Obamacare is being pushed by Congress.

I’m curious where she REALLY stands on the current fiasco, and by that not that health care bill itself, but the ways it’s being achieved via $100M+ kickbacks for a single vote, hiding/fudging the true costs and coverage, underhanded parliamentary rule exceptions to jam it in anyway/how to save political face, spending provisions tailored for Connecticut, Montana, and Louisiana just to tick off those votes as a ‘yes’ and moreover strong-arming junior reps into a yes vote.

The latter is where Ms Spier falls into. She is expecting a nice easy career with little worry from actually serving her consitituents and returning the dollars her top revenue producing district provides (see: Lantos). So by coming out of the gate and not being a team player and voting with her conscience is beyond taboo in D.C. and an instant death knell. A shame, as I’m curious if she can HONESTLY be ok with the way this is going about? Doubt it, and for $3 bucks I’d rather go see HMB high’s point guard dance and skirt around defenders and sink a basket. I can at least see the outcome with my own two eyes vs. hypothetical gimmickery bullet points from the Speaker’s office.

I’m not interested in debating the issue here, but Kevin’s use of the quotes around the word “need” reminded me of these awesome charts from http://fivethirtyeight.com

Gallup provided the verbatim responses of the rationales given by people who would tell their Congressman to vote for or against the current health care bills, respectively. Nate Silver ran the responses through Wordle, a word-cloud generating tool.

Here are the words that were used most frequently by the 45 percent of the country who would tell their Congressman to vote for the health care bill:

And here are the words used most commonly by the 48 percent of the country who would tell their Congressman to vote against it:

Silver concludes: “In some sense, this is a very old-fashioned debate about the proper role of government. The message that the pro-reform voters have taken away comes through loudly and clearly: ‘PEOPLE ... NEED ... INSURANCE’, whereas concerns among the anti’s boil down to ‘GOVERNMENT’ and ‘COST’.”

Nate, as usual, nailed it. And it’s reason that it’s fruitless to debate the matter here. The country is closely divided on this. The Democrats are betting the public will be happier with the reform once it’s passed. Jackie Speier knows she would not be re-elected if she voted against it.