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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Birthing a Big Baby– the Final Push

Congress has been in labor for more than a year over healthcare reform.

Sweaty, red-faced, exhausted, strong-willed but nervous, the Democratic Mother is pushing hard and looking forward to the birth of her big reform Baby. She can’t predict the future of her offspring. Will this reform Baby be the light of their lives, bringing the Parents and millions of Family members health, joy, and happiness, or will the Parents look back in regret for ever conceiving this Baby?

Nervous Nellies in the Delivery Room, Republican relatives predict a dire future if this Baby lives. Abort this Baby, and let’s try again, they urge. Convinced the baby will have a 666 on it’s forehead, they favor killing it. To most of the Family, it is obvious that these naysayers are more worried about their inheritance and their own future than the future of the Baby and the Family as a whole. They spin lies about the Baby’s Father and the reform Baby itself and worry distant relatives.

“No one likes this Baby. It’s too big!

“No one wants this Baby.”

“No one likes this Baby’s Father.”

While the Mother’s relatives have different opinions.

“The Father is well-liked and trusted.”

“We want that Baby to be born already. This Baby will help the Family.

Only 4% of the Family favors aborting this Baby.

Most of the Family just wants everyone to work together— as a Family.

In the meantime, while Family members argue and the Mother pushes, the Father is visiting with relatives around the country saying, “Hey, I know this may not be the prettiest, most well-like Baby in the world, but it’s time. At home in Washington, we shouldn’t be worrying about our survival. We should do what’s best for the Family.”

The Father knows there are backward wilderness clans in the Family– like the one in Phoenix– that would allow Family members to die, rather than pay for their care, so he keeps fighting for the reform Baby.

As the contractions get harder, the Mother is only marginally reassured when the Father whispers, “It will be OK, Honey. No one ever said parenthood would be easy. Think of the good of the Family.” Although she’s nervous about what motherhood will bring, she realizes she’s gone too far to stop now. The Baby’s head is in view. The birth is eminent.

This article originally appeared in my Progressive Examiner column.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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