Daily Archives: August 26, 2009

A note I received from BoldProgressives.org…

…after I signed their petition. I pass it on to you. Ted Kennedy should be remembered by a major, public-option Health Care Bill. I pass this on to my readers:

I just signed this petition to honor Ted Kennedy, which will be delivered to senators on Monday:

“Ted Kennedy was a courageous champion for health care reform his entire life. In his honor, name the reform bill that passed Kennedy’s health committee ‘The Kennedy Bill’ — then pass it, and nothing less, through the Senate.”

Kennedy’s bill includes a public health insurance option, and it would be an honor to Kennedy’s memory if it passed the Senate. Will you sign the petition? You can sign here.


Quote of the Day – 2 (I couldn’t pass this one up)

“This is what Bush and Cheney truly achieved in their tragic response to 9/11: two terribly failed, brutally expensive wars, the revival of sectarian warfare and genocide in the Middle East, the end of America’s global moral authority, the empowerment of Iran’s and North Korea’s dictatorships, and the nightmares of Gitmo and Bagram still haunting the new administration.

“But what they did to the culture – how they systematically dismantled core American values like the prohibition on torture and respect for the rule of law – is the worst and most enduring of the legacies.”

Andrew Sullivan in The Atlantic.

Quote of the Day

“Dick Cheney has a brand new book. It’s a memoir about his life and times, and I believe the title of it is called, ‘Too Fat to Waterboard.'”

-David Letterman

Thanks to All Hat No Cattle.

The best way to honor Ted Kennedy’s memory is to pass a really good Health Care Bill…

This is the time for Democrats, and Obama in particular, to show the respect that Ted Kennedy deserved for his 42 years in the Senate by passing the one bill that was most important to his life. It seems to me that the final bill, which should also be named after Ted, should give us the real public option that the great majority of Americans want and that Kennedy had not yet managed to get us.

Ted’s ability to cross the aisle and bring in Republicans… and his support over the years for many of his Republican colleagues on civil legislation… should be stressed by Dodd and the other Senators that Ted trusted with his concerns when the brain tumor kept him out of DC. This is the time to call in the notes that Ted gave out over the years.

It would be, I think, a tremendous embarrassment to the Republicans, like Orrin Hatch and  Charles Grassley NOT to support a Ted Kennedy Health Care Bill. And though they would probably come out against it, by using Kennedy’s name here, they would also be defeating Republican challengers in man of the 2010 elections.

I hope Obama realizes the immense opportunity available at this moment.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy 1932 – 2009

Senator-Ted-KennedyWhat a thing to wake up to at 5:00 in the morning… Ted Kennedy, at 77, is dead. What this means for the Senate, for America and for the Health Care legislation has yet to be seen… but it certainly will have an effect.

The Kennedy Family issued this statement:

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

Kennedy played a major role in passing many pieces of legislation that have affected the lives of all Americans, including the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the National Cancer Act of 1971, the Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974, the COBRA Act of 1985, the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Ryan White AIDS Care Act in 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Mental Health Parity Act in 1996 and 2008, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009.

This almost certainly means that the Health Care Bill in the Senate will end up going through a reconciliation vote requiring only 50 Senators, since without a Massachusetts Democrat for another 5 months until a State election can be held, the 60 Senator majority is now gone. This will be a major problem for the President and, yes, for all of us.