Bayne, Randy


Randy Bayne is Chair of the Amador County Democratic Party. This article originally appeared in The Bayne of Blogs and is published with the permission of the author.

Health Care: Senate Bill Must Not Pass

By Randy Bayne
California Notes

Yes, I said it. Health  insurance reform, as it is presently constructed in the Senate bill (HR 3590), must not pass. Following the lead of Keith Oberman, I repeat what Churchill said after Munich, “I will begin by saying the most unpopular and most unwelcome thing: that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat, without a war.”

In giving up on a public option and a Medicare buy-in down to 55 years of age, Senate Democrats have handed insurance company executives and the Republican Party everything they could want. The “Death Panel” that tea baggers railed against is a reality and gains strength as million of Americans will be forced to buy-in to programs they neither want nor can afford.

What Summer Jobs?


By Randy Bayne
California Notes

San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Ruben Navarrette has some advice for California’s college students. Instead of protesting a 32 percent hike in the fees extorted from you to pay the outrageous salaries of administrators — get a summer job or after school job:

"Have these young people never heard of a job? I don’t suppose they have since the human resource managers I know tell me that when they look at résumés for 20-somethings, they usually find very little work experience – summer jobs, after-school jobs, etc. Twenty years ago, when I was in college, I worked 20 hours a week in addition to going to class. Twenty years before that, my father obtained his bachelor’s degree through night school while working a 40-hour week."