It is interesting to me that the knock I seem to hear coming from the Right about Senator Amy Klobuchar is that she cares about the well-being and safety of people. I guess that actually sounds good to me, especially in this period where corporations seem to be becoming increasingly more important than individuals. The Right likes to throw the word “nanny” out a lot. They use it to describe Sen. Klobuchar. They use it to describe the government when politicians try to protect us from the greed of corporations. They use it when advocates try to make our society safer. I think I want more advocacy, not less, and using a pejorative like the word “nanny” to create a political wedge when it comes to public safety and security is a complete red herring.
We are lucky to have a Senator like Amy Klobuchar. Amy has always been watching out for the average person. Going back to the 1990s, before she was an elected official she was responsible for ensuring insurance companies could not dictate how long a new born baby and new mom should stay in the hospital. She worked to ensure a minimum stay to ensure the well-being of both the new mother and the new baby.
Since being elected to the Senate, Amy has been a leader in working to keep greedy corporations from taking shortcuts by importing toxic toys and other products into to the U.S. from foreign countries like China that regard safety as less important than the bottom line. She worked to make swimming pools safer, despite the concerns over “the costs” after the horrific injury, and eventual death of the little girl in Edina who was disemboweled by a pool filter. She has worked to reduce the multitude of ways cell phone companies take advantage of consumers. She has worked to keep children safe from sex offenders. And she is working to make food safety a priority to protect the people that are most susceptible to food caused diseases like children.
In my opinion, Sen. Klobuchar is working for the safety and well-being of the lower and middle classes in everything she does. That doesn’t seem so bad to me. I think a lot more than half of the population could use a little more protection. If right-wing bloggers and talkers want to turn “nanny” into a pejorative, fine, but Amy Klobuchar and her work and accomplishments should never be tied to their demeaning language because she is working for us all the time. I have faith that she will do the right thing, regardless of the right’s attacks.