Now, I realize that as online students, many if not most of you hail from locales far removed from Brooklyn, New York. But the Allen School has historic roots in Brooklyn. Brooklynites ought to be proud of the representation they elected for themselves in Congress.
Wherever you come down on the issue of healthcare reform, you should value the integrity of honest dealers. That is, no one is served by being subjected to distortions or mischaracterizations promoted by partisans on either side of the issue. Lobbyists, ideologues and other special interests have been pumping the public discussion over heathcare reform full of deliberate misinformation and distractions. While there are legitimate ideological arguments to be made, finding a solution that works for everyone will be difficult enough without insincere players making disingenuous arguments.
This is why the clip below of Congressman Anthony Weiner from Brooklyn, NY was so wonderful to me. On the 40th anniversary of Medicare, Congressman Weiner cut through some of the bogus arguments of those who are unwilling to even admit that the current healthcare system is broken. Whether or not you support the single payer option Rep. Weiner clearly does is not the point. It is just refreshing to see someone pull back the layers of lies and distortion piled on by so many on every side of the argument and make a very simple point. Enjoy!