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August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy in 1980

From Ted Kennedy's 1980 Democratic National Convention Address conceding the nomination:
Finally, we cannot have a fair prosperity in isolation from a fair society. So I will continue to stand for a national health insurance. We must -- We must not surrender -- We must not surrender to the relentless medical inflation that can bankrupt almost anyone and that may soon break the budgets of government at every level.

Let us insist on real controls over what doctors and hospitals can charge, and let us resolve that the state of a family's health shall never depend on the size of a family's wealth.

The President, the Vice President, the members of Congress have a medical plan that meets their needs in full, and whenever senators and representatives catch a little cold, the Capitol physician will see them immediately, treat them promptly, fill a prescription on the spot. We do not get a bill even if we ask for it, and when do you think was the last time a member of Congress asked for a bill from the Federal Government?

And I say again, as I have before, if health insurance is good enough for the President, the Vice President, the Congress of the United States, then it's good enough for you and every family in America.

What does he mean by "fair"? It seems he and his party define "fair" as being the same.

August 6, 2009

Sotomayor Vote

Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor, of New York, to be an Associate Justice of
the Supreme Court

Nomination Confirmed 68-31, 1 not voting


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