2PP014 – 28 August 2009

2PP_Album_art_Ep014smRemembering Senator Ted Kennedy: Today we have a special episode about Senator Edward M. Kennedy, his career, his legacy and what his death means for not just liberals, but the US Senate generally. We also share some personal memories and reflections.

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Link for this episode:
Roger’s blog post
Orrin Hatch’s tribute song, “Headed Home”
Jason’s blog post on Senator Kennedy
Arthur’s blog post on Senator Kennedy
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Jason’s Blog
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3 Responses to 2PP014 – 28 August 2009

  1. Roger Green says:

    Yeah, I saw references to Teddy’s regrets over the Nixon plan – I THINK it was an interview fromn ABC News this century – but check out the time frame of the Nixon plan: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/22163.html
    Nixon introduced his Comprehensive Health Insurance Act on Feb. 6, 1974, days after he used what would be his final State of the Union address to call for universal access to health insurance.

    “I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health-insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improved protection against catastrophic illnesses,” he told America.

    Nixon said his plan would build on existing employer-sponsored insurance plans and would provide government subsidies to the self-employed and small businesses to ensure universal access to health insurance. He said it wouldn’t create a new federal bureaucracy.

    The Nixon plan won support from a Time magazine editorial on Feb. 18, 1974, which noted that “more and more Americans have been insisting that national health insurance is an idea whose tune (sic) has come.”

    Of course, six months later, Nixon was gone. So we can blame the failure of comprehensive health plan, at least a little bit, on Watergate.

  2. Roger Green says:

    Watching the Teddy coverage, I was reminded of an oddball song by Tom Clay that melded the Bacharach-David song “What the World Needs Now” with the Dion hit “Abraham, Martin and John.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uqNLnEzDLA
    Near the end, you hear Senator Edward Kennedy eulogizing Bobby: “My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.” Ted Kennedy’s voice cracks during that section. While not a Bobby supporter (for reasons described here: http://rogerowengreen.blogspot.com/2008/06/my-ambivalence-about-bobby-kennedy.html), that bit gets to me every time I hear it. Teddy concluded his eulogy by quoting George Bernard Shaw: “Some men see things as they are and say ‘Why?’ I dream things that never were and say, ‘Why not?'”

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