IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO DO THE NECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE STEPS THAT HAVE TO BE TAKEN TO PUT THE LEGISLATION TOGETHER TO CONTROL THE PEOPLE. John Dingell (D Michigan)
Dingell is generally classified as a liberal Democrat, and throughout his career he has been a leading congressional supporter of organized labor, social welfare, measures and traditional progressive (another name for socialist) policies. He is an old-fashioned social Democrat who knows that most voters don't agree with his goals of a single-payer national health insurance plan but presses forward toward that goal as far as he can.
'It's hard to believe that there was once no Social Security orMedicare', he says. 'The Dingell family helped change that. My father worked on Social Security and for national health insurance, and I sat in the chair and presided over the House as Medicare passed (in 1965). I went with Lyndon Johnson for the signing of Medicare at the Harry S. Truman Library, and I have successfully fought efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare'. Whether you agree or disagree, the social democratic tradition is one of the great traditions in our history, and John Dingell has fought for it for a very long time."