It’s been a better-than-expected morning for caring and thinking North Carolinians. For now at least, the state House appears to have torpedoed Rep. Stam’s horrific school vouchers bill. Meanwhile, a few hundred miles up I-95, the U.S. Supremes have upheld much of the Affordable Care Act.
These are both developments worth celebrating.
It’s important to note, however, that both victories were/are narrow and partial. The 11-11 vote on the vouchers bill does not at all appear to be a final nail in the vouchers coffin. To the contrary, the sponsors seem sure to try again — maybe even as soon as today.
And as for the ACA, preliminary readings of the court decision indicate that we are likely on our way to lots more knock down, drag out fights at the state level if the law is to achieve something akin to full implementation.
The bottom line: Progressives would do well to celebrate today’s events by redoubling their efforts to fight the extremists on the right who would take our state and country back to the 19th Century. Let’s get back to work.