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Happy Civic Holiday… and why Obama did the deal he did.

To all of you in Canada who get this first Monday off, whether it’s called Civic Holiday or whatever, all the best to you. As for politics on this day, attention has turned to our US neighbour’s attempts to get their debt ceiling agreement in place before they default tomorrow. A tentative deal has been reached, which still has to be voted on and passed, but many progressives and liberals – both in the US and here in Canada – are dismayed at the Democrats and President Obama’s unwillingness to force the Republicans to compromise more in the agreement. They view it as a sellout of Democratic and progressive/liberal party […]

The US takes a step towards joining the rest of civilization on health care.

On a slightly happier note, President Obama officially signs US health reform insurance into law:

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It isn’t perfect as I’ve said before, but it’s a foundation to build on for the future in the US. Congratulations to the Democratic Party (at least, the ones who helped pass this, as they have even less party discipline then the Liberals) and President Obama.

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