I want a Female Abe Lincoln for President in 2016 and I’ve found her!
by Karl Spain
I’ve made my choice for President in 2016, and she’s a woman, and she’s a U.S. Senator and I’m in love with her — and I don’t even care if she doesn’t agree to run, I’m gonna support her anyway and so will you after you see what I’ve got below on her, it’s pure intelligence gold.
My endorsement will get her 6 votes of course, me plus the faithful five. But hey, it’s a start. No, I’m not talking about Elizabeth Warren (surprise) or the former Senator, Mrs. Clinton (not a surprise), no the Senator I want for president is North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
If I was a Hollywood director I would order her to change that name but otherwise she’s a nearly perfect human, which is saying a lot for a politician.
First, from her position today in Politico on the stupid, stupid, stupid Republican letter to the Ayatollah Khamenei;
“The letter’s incredibly unfortunate and inappropriate,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a centrist Democrat who voted for the sanctions bill in committee and is a sponsor of the congressional approval legislation.
“That doesn’t diminish my support for the legislation that we introduced.”
Wow, a U.S. Democratic Senator willing to stand up to the Obama administration on Iran because – she thinks it’s the right thing to do, after the Republicans led by a freshman who hasn’t shaved yet, made a disgraceful move she could easily have used that to find cover, but refused.
What is this, a fluke? I smell integrity, we better look closer, it just can’t be, not in the U.S. Senate.
Some more data on this wonderful woman:
Heitkamp served as a lawyer for the ND tax commissioner’s office from 1981 to 1986, then served as ND tax commissioner from 1986 to 1992, and then served as North Dakota Attorney General from 1993 to 2000. Her husband, Dr. Darwin Lange, is a family practitioner.
Solid work she did out there, but it’s her truthfulness, and candor about the problems we face as a country — and her solutions that endear me to this woman.
On Partisanship — “If you come up with the right ideas and you elect people willing to work across the aisle and not engage in partisanship, and if you elect people without seeing everything through “blue” shades or “red” shades, but with clear vision, we can solve these problems,” Heitkamp said. Evidently, she means it too if her actions are a guide.
On Obamacare — “the best strategy is to keep the good and fix the bad.”
She’s against repealing the act, but admits the mandate is a area of concern with the law. “The irony is, is if it’s so unaffordable (healthcare) why tax it?,” Heitkamp said.
According to the Politico story where I got some of these quotes — she believes leaders on both sides of the aisle need to sit down and flesh out changes to fix the law, something she believes could be done with a serious discussion rather than attempts to politicize it. Coverage for kids and the preexisting coverage problem fix are two things she would keep in, but the rest of the act, she willing to bargain on for unity.
“If you locked everyone in a room long enough, you’d probably have the Republicans … admit it’s not going to be repealed. The Democrats would admit it needs a major rewrite. So what’s so difficult about this?” Heitkamp said.
On a Balanced Budget Amendment — Heitkamp favors the passage of a balanced budget amendment BUT she’d only support a balanced budget amendment if it doesn’t result in negative impacts on Social Security and Medicare, two exceptions I agree with her about.
“We need to look at Medicare and Social Security systems as stand-alone systems,” Heitkamp said. Heitkamp thinks one way to help reduce costs in Medicare is to negotiate costs with pharmaceutical companies for prescription drugs — another place I agree with her wholeheartedly.
Heitkamp vehemently disagreed with President Barack Obama’s decision to take negotiations on prescription drug prices off the table — while working to pass the law — it was a poor decision (sic) which left the matter of reining in healthcare costs unaddressed. Again Heitkamp is dead on, the bill did some good, but did some damage as well and she’s not too proud to want it fixed. That’s sane, we need sane right now.
How about the Keystone XL Pipeline? Surely she’s got this wrong? No Indeedy, she’s in favor of increasing domestic energy production, both in fossil fuels and renewables, and of course she thinks; “The best way to move oil is by pipelines,” which of course is also completely accurate by every empirical or objective measure there is.
Oh Heidi, why aren’t You on the national scene?
Note to John Boehner. If this woman walks by your office, call her in, sit down, have a chat, have some coffee, see if between you and her — you can’t sketch out agreement on 10 or 12 pressing issues of national importance that need bipartisan cooperation right now and see if she won’t spearhead it for you, how much better than her is it ever gonna get?
She’s Abe Lincoln with a funny name, for God’s sake; if the Republicans don’t seize upon her reasonableness and build a new middle from it, shame on them.
From one such Heidi, great change can come.