To the Editor:
I deeply disagree with your premise in today’s editorial endorsing Alan Khazei for Senate, namely that what we need is new ideas.
There is no shortage of good ideas on how to cure our nation of what ails it. Most of these ideas, in fact, are not new. They are old, tried and true, and have had long decades of success both in this country and in others. The only thing that keeps them from being implemented is the well financed opposition of small but powerful interests who would be hurt. We know from European countries that single payer health care is the best way to provide quality affordable health care to everyone; this idea is off the table because of opposition from the health insurance industry. We know that regulating the financial industry prevents ruinous bubbles like the one we’ve just endured; the Glass-Steagall act worked beautifully in this country for well over half a century. This idea is off the table because of opposition from Wall Street who can make a killing and, when things go wrong, get bailed out by taxpayer dollars. We learned from Vietnam that getting bogged down in wars of choice is immoral, wasteful and harmful to our national security. But the idea of declaring victory in Afghanistan (Al Quaeda isn’t there any more) and pulling out is off the table because of opposition from the military-industrial complex.
What we need are not new ideas, but someone with the vision and courage to fight for the old proven good ideas and build coalitions to see them through. In these circumstances, my money is on the candidate who voted against the Iraq war, against the Patriot Act, who was one of the “health care heroes” who pledged not to vote for any Health Care Reform bill that did not contain a robust public option, and who wants to declare victory in Afghanistan and leave. That is why I support Mike Capuano for Senate.