Monthly Archives: March 2010
More than a year’s worth of intense political haggling, legislative maneuvering and emotional debate reached its stirring conclusion Tuesday morning as President Barack Obama officially signed health care reform legislation into law.
Speaking in the East Room of the White House, with roughly 200 lawmakers seated before him as well as Vicky Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), the president called the moment a “new season in America.”
“Today, after almost a century of trying, today, after over a year of debate, today, after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America. In a few moments when I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric of reform will finally confront the reality of reform.”
“We are not a nation that scales back its aspirations,” Obama said. “We don’t fall prey to fear. We are not a nation that does what’s easy. That is not who we are, that’s not how we got here. We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities.”
On Sunday, the president finally got the votes he needed. Three year’s prior he had told the audience at a progressive forum that he would judge his “first term as president based on the fact on whether we have delivered the kind of health care that every American deserves and that our system can afford.” On Tuesday he did just that, putting under his belt the greatest achievement in social policy in the past forty years. It wasn’t the end to the process. The Senate still needs to pass its reconciliation bill. But it was certainly a time to reflect on and savor what has been accomplished.
Speaking before Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden praised the president for “delivering on a promise,” and showing the resolve to get reform done.
“Your fierce advocacy, the clarity of purpose that you showed, the perseverance, these are in fact — it is not hyperbole to say it — the reasons why we are assembled in this room together,” Biden said. “Mr. President, you are the guy that made it happen… you have done what generations of not just ordinary, but great men and women, have attempted to do — Republicans as well as Democrats.”
The Huffington Post / Politics / Posted by Sam Stein: March 23, 2010
I don’t love the Kindle, but it could be useful if you travel a lot (to places like Europe) and read (mostly indoors) more than three books at a time. It’s light and easy. Certainly not cheap. I recommend the local library.
Download a free 11-song sampler of the artists featured by NPR Music and public radio stations at this March’s South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
“Written in Reverse” by Spoon from Transference
“The High Road” by Broken Bells from Broken Bells
“I Learned the Hard Way” by Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings from I Learned the Hard Way
“Canadian Girl” by The Walkmen from You & Me
“Girl In Love” by Smith Westerns from Smith Westerns
“Airplanes” by Local Natives from Gorilla Manor
“Everywhere I Go” by G-Side from Starshipz And Rocketz
“Cleo’s Song” by JBM from Not Even In July
“Achille’s Heel: IV. Shur Landing” by Brooklyn Rider from Dominant Curve
“Hannah” by Freelance Whales from Weathervanes
“Swim” by Surfer Blood from Astro Coast
To download the ‘NPR Music At SXSW Sampler’ on iTunes:
1. Download iTunes for Mac or Windows, free of charge at http://www.iTunes.com.
2. Open iTunes and click iTunes Store.
3. Click Redeem under Quick Links.
4. Enter the code here (expires April 30, 2010). Your download will start immediately. Enjoy.
i heart free music.
Never has the focus of energy been more present in my life. A walking meditation; calm, assertiveness, patience, forgiveness, aloofness are so important in training a riley dog. For someone who generally lives in the now, I am no dog. I have to learn to be in the exact second I’m in, otherwise, it’s all lost on him. Tacoma is a hard dog (corrections don’t affect him much, if at all), but also one who is insecure and anxious, has been abandoned, flinches like he may have been hit, has been dropped off in the middle of NYC where there is no quiet place to train or play – he must walk among a dog on every block, children running at him from every other corner – with so much love in his strong heart and excitement in his tiny brain, he is a little unsocialized, incredibly fast at learning, but surprisingly unaware.
As he stares out the window and then back at me and then lies back down for his 16th nap of the day at 8:43 am, I wonder what is running through his mind. If he simply waits for our next adventure, is waiting for me to leave him, or doesn’t think that way at all. If I could anthropomorphize my animal for just one minute, I think of all I could learn. Instead, I rely on my energy for us to relate and understand each other. I wish we could get there faster. I suppose we all walk at our own pace and while we both tend to be fast, perhaps only literally.
I’m exhausted. Summiting is certainly not what we had in mind in naming him after a mountain. Thank goodness for trainers (from our obedience class to YouTube), dog whisperers, and good friends. Puppy updates to come.