There are just some days when I think I’m way in over my head with this “Holdin’ Out” mission. The problem is I don’t like feeling like part charity newsletter, part whistle-blower. I think I’ll just give up trying to be either, and just tell the straight truth, no matter what it is, whether it’s good or bad. In fact, I’ll let you be the judge!
On that note, I’m going to tell you about Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee. He’s a Blue-Dog Democrat, and is the Blue Dog Coalition Regional Whip. Congressman Cooper is a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and is also on the Committee on Armed Services.
Unfortunately (and this is a very big “unfortunately”), he was one of only three Democrats to vote against the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which is one of the most groundbreaking pieces of social legislation in history. Without it, the rights of the physically challenged would be set back many decades, perhaps centuries.
But there is still hope to be found here. Let’s “hope” that Rep. Cooper’s willingness to participate in the Congressional Spina Bifida Caucus is a testament to a change of heart when it comes to the priorities of our society.
That being said, Congressman Cooper did vote for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. the healthcare reform bill). So, I guess that kind of makes up for the fact that the Congressman decided to vote against an act that basically improved our access to, um, mainstream society.
You can probably tell that just reading about this took an emotional toll on me. To be brutally honest– I’m beginning to miss writing about the Tinsel Town crowd.
Hope you have a great night,