Friday, Congressman Meek spoke at the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association luncheon in Gainesville. Having been a blogger (and a political candidate), I’m not wowed by political speeches. Not at all. [Note: the EJCBA is a non-political and non-partisan group. The people in the photo with Congressman Meek are members of the EJCBA who posed with him after lunch: they are not necessarily supporters or opponents. I speak only for myself.]
What interested me about Kendrick Meek was what he said while facing our politically diverse group: some North Florida lawyers are progressive, but some certainly are not.
First, I like that Kendrick Meek has a record of protecting social security from privatization. Imagine what would’ve happened to millions of Americans whose nest eggs had been in the stock market if social security had been privatized before our financial system started melting down. Our nation has been generous enough with Wall Streeters—at the expense of us taxpayers and ordinary shareholders. (Remember the great bailouts of 2008?)
Second, I like that Kendrick Meek supports real health care reform, instead of the watered down garbage that protects the very insurance companies, hospitals, and drug companies that have made a sport of overcharging us consumers and even (some of them) robbing us taxpayers through government contracts.