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Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Parental Perspective on Politics

Monday, October 14, 2013

Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks about the challenges facing America and how they will affect future generations. For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems  discusses how important issues have been sidelined by gridlock in a Congress that is too concerned about the next election to worry about the future, and how the group of Americans who have the most to lose from this dysfunction are the ones least represented in government: America’s children. For the Next Generation is a call to action, one mother’s challenge to her congressional colleagues and to the rest of the nation, to adopt a parent’s perspective for doing right by kids.

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Comments [32]

Peter Talbot from Harrison NJ

Leonard handled Rep WS very gingerly. As a partisan for the most humane, urbane and enlightened aspects of modern socialist thinking, I am grateful and will tune in every day as I always do. Ms. Wasserman Schultz stuck to the Dem party talking points avidly, and her humanizing touches of seeing her kids in the car's rear view mirror and at dinner struck the right chord.
Unfortunately, the party line Dem salute to continued social tinkering in the name of greater civility to be willed as a legacy to our children still sounds very inauthentic. I'd vote for this strong willed lady over Cruz or Boehner any time, but what a paucity of choice. The truth is that the Federal Government is 400% bigger than it needs to be, and the big tickets that need cutting are not "entitlements", but nary a word was heard, meaning that Rep. WS feels and thinks nothing. Zero. Niente. Nada. about the the mortal bite taxation at all government levels is taking out of our paychecks, our futures and our mutual respect and civility as a nation. Her absolute inability to believe that government does not in and of itself deserve our tax support just for being is a grave defect. Certainly I will not buy the book of someone so devotedly facile regarding current policy positions and so decidedly patronizing to those who happen to disagree with her unspoken thesis of governance: that what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine.

Oct. 15 2013 11:07 AM
emjayay from Brooklyn

Wow, did redstate or some other some right wing reactionary website tell a bunch of dittohead types to listen to the Leonard Lopate show? OK, the one repeater is a regular wingnut listener. Alan West for president? Yeah, I'd like to see him in the Republican primaries myself. I wonder how he avoided getting into the Republican primary clown car last time.

Ms. Wasserman was just going through the usual Democratic party stuff and all these commenters got all hot under the collar, including the word salad one.

Oct. 14 2013 04:15 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The Democrats could compromise also, but they won't either.

Oct. 14 2013 12:57 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

@ jgarbuz from Queens: You seem to be an angry and embittered individual.

Anyway, from your comments, I can't help but wonder if you'd rather listen to Rush. This show doesn't seem to be your milieu.

Oct. 14 2013 12:44 PM
BB from Boonton

All she wants to do is SELL her book. Another USELESS body in DC.

Oct. 14 2013 12:43 PM
Christine from Westchester

Starting in the next election, let's vote all the incumbents out. Starting with this woman. We need a whole new slate.

Oct. 14 2013 12:40 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The woman's a hard-core, hard-bitten LEFTIST, but she's no "extremist." Oh no, not her.

Oct. 14 2013 12:40 PM
Genissa from Bronx

I cant bring myself to vote Republican, but this guest makes me feel I have no party. UGH! She is the worst representative of our cause.

Oct. 14 2013 12:38 PM
Christine from Westchester

Peter: totally agree.

This woman is in the blame game. The republicans are "entrenched" and wont budge but where do the Dems ever give an inch? Further. to those who think this is "treason" etc- this IS how democracy works. History is filled with similar spats in the House and Senate. Obama should be acting as the President of the US and not leader of the Democrats. It's a mess on both sides. Let's not point at one party and think they're the issue.

Oct. 14 2013 12:37 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

There ya go. It comes down to ABORTION and her insistence on the "right" of women to kill some man's baby in the womb, no matter what! But she's no extremist. Oh,no, not her.

Oct. 14 2013 12:37 PM
Joanne in New York from NYC

A group of women representatives need to go in and kick out all of the men dealing with this and the women should take over and settle this. I'm sure they could settle this nonsense in a matter of hours. Don't they see that these men are crazy and just care about getting in front of a microphone? Go Rustlers!

Oct. 14 2013 12:35 PM
BB from Boonton

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.....get it done already - YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF CHILDREN. BOTH SIDES.

Oct. 14 2013 12:35 PM
Jane from Brooklyn

This woman speaks of bipartisanship as she snipes. I love the hypocrisy of it all.

The on;y thing needed to open the government was to make everyone equal under Obama-care and she and her party vetoed it. Here we are.

Oct. 14 2013 12:33 PM

Obamacare is a partisan string.
A clean bill is one that funds each program on its own merits.
The worst revocations of the Bill of Rights are usually part of a 3000 page bill that sneaks in all sorts of bad stuff.
The worst subsidies and immunities, for corporate abominations, are usually part of a 3000 page bill that sneaks in all sorts of bad stuff.

Oct. 14 2013 12:33 PM
Beatrice from Brooklyn

Why are we not just calling this a an attempted coup? We're acting like a third world nation.

Oct. 14 2013 12:33 PM
Marcus

But Republicans/Tea Party hate government. Why is it so surprising to see them wanting it ground into the ground?

Oct. 14 2013 12:31 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

"Our children' are not doing so well because (1) Daddy has been thrown out of his home, and (2) Mommy is out working and coming home with a new "uncle" every so often.

Oct. 14 2013 12:31 PM
Edna from Manhattan

--> Peter Talbot from Harrison NJ

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Oct. 14 2013 12:30 PM
Carl from NJ from NJ

The life-long DREAM of the extreme Republicans IS the shut-down and destruction of the Federal government. They are NOT ashamed, or embarrassed by any of this, they are PROUD of it. Reasoning with them is a waste of time.

Oct. 14 2013 12:28 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The president gave a one year reprieve to large companies, why not give it to individuals?

Another thing o-care does is to entrench abortion more into our society.

Oct. 14 2013 12:28 PM
Jef Klein from Montclair

I think Congress and the Senate need to go on a corporate retreat. I really want to see Boehner falling back into Pelosi's arms in a trust exercise, and Cruz climbing ropes while Debbie Wasserman Schultz shouts up at him, "you can do it, Ted!"

Oct. 14 2013 12:26 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Just as the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917 led to the Fascist reaction and the rapid rise of Nazism in GErmany, so extreme liberal views, such as unrestricted abortion and unrestricted government spending has led to the Tea Party. Extremism leads to extremism. Those who support abortion don't see that position as extreme at all, even though abortion has been outlawed in western society for centuries.

Oct. 14 2013 12:26 PM
Laura from Nyack

Is this really about Obamacare... or is this all just part of a larger structured plan to impede Obama and the left from making any progress?

Oct. 14 2013 12:26 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The president could allow a one-year reprieve for persons, making it optional, and then the budget would go through also.

Oct. 14 2013 12:25 PM
John A

This is a living congressperson. To be here and not in Washington - is she on notice to take a helicopter into Washington in case of an important vote?

Oct. 14 2013 12:22 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

GOP/Tea Party motto: Entrenched belief is never altered by the facts.

By the way, I really believe the moniker "Tea Party" is an insult to our founding as a nation. They should not be able to call themselves that.

Oct. 14 2013 12:20 PM
jennifer from Princeton

perhaps this is fallout from the feminist movement-- the rise of the 2 income family, and the decline in the number of "political wives", who's job description was to campaign and entertain...helping bring people from both sides of the aisle together outside of work, to get to know each other, and maintain civil ties.

Oct. 14 2013 12:20 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I respect Allen West, and wish he could run for president.

Oct. 14 2013 12:19 PM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

It seems to me that these Tea Party Republicans are acting treasonously. Their goal is to bring down the US government.

Oct. 14 2013 12:19 PM
antonio from baySide

One of the problems the republicans have with the so called 'entitlements' like social security is it's going to run out of money. I am not a economist but why won't the democrats use this moment to propose to raise the cap? It's @ 113k right now.

Oct. 14 2013 12:12 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Children should be produced in factories in the "next generation." Technologically we should get rid of marriage, pregnancy, and children being the pawns. We should have as our "Moon Shot" the goal of producing a fully formed, healthy human baby outside the womb.

Oct. 14 2013 12:11 PM
Peter Talbot from Harrison NJ

Rep. Wasserman Schultz perspective stresses the same tired liberal aphoristic tinkering approach to government that sounds good but skirts the biggest issues. She wants to create jobs. How when the US banks, government and big box stores have successfully transported most manufacturing and large numbers of intermediate service jobs overseas in the name of economic "globalization". Without a turn to some kind of protectionism, the only jobs being created will not be for US Citizens. And the fact is that the federal government (through the DOD)has already found too many jobs in government and the military for our young people: adventuring around the world in support of fictional WMDs and posturing among the rightly suspicious beneficiaries of our "largess" about supporting democratization in the cross hairs of US drone strikes. She supports immigration "reform". Meaningless. The current admin has followed and exacerbated its predecessor in slowing down and obstructing even the legal immigration and visa programs we do have for fear of a backlash from increasingly defensive organized labor, much of which is mouthing democratic mush by day and supporting the tea party in the ballot booth. This is just middlebrow madness, even if her motives to be stewards of a better world for our children is good and heartfelt. The key to all of this is: who is going to pay for it? Liberals completely mistake the despair that the declining middle class. The class that can't get any federal aid for education, food stamps, job retraining, etc. because they can't meet needs tests but whose grown children have moved back home having lost their jobs and homes to the cupidity of banks that have never been more profitable while the government continues to fund constant foreign adventures, domestic programs and social tinkering projects. To those in the squeeze the entire federal government looks and sounds too much like Nero fiddlng.

Oct. 14 2013 11:01 AM

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