F**k you Ted from the People of Massachusetts.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 17, 2010
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The brilliant above image says it all. A sad day for Ted Kennedy’s most precious legacy, Health Care Reform.

Excerpt from this morning’s NY Times:

The election left Democrats in Congress scrambling to salvage a bill overhauling the nation’s health care system, which the late Mr. Kennedy had called “the cause of my life.” Mr. Brown has vowed to oppose the bill, and once he takes office the Democrats will no longer control the 60 votes in the Senate needed to overcome filibusters.

There were immediate signs that the bill had become imperiled. House members indicated they would not quickly pass the bill the Senate approved last month.

…The Senate seat held for nearly half a century by Mr. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate, will now be held for the next two years by a Republican who has said he supports waterboarding as an interrogation technique for terrorism suspects, opposes a federal cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon emissions and opposes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants unless they leave the country.

But, from another article on the Times:

Mr. Brown, as a state senator, voted in favor of the Massachusetts universal health-care law in 2006 – when the state became the first in the nation to pass such a far-reaching overhaul to guarantee coverage for nearly every state resident and to require everyone in Massachusetts to obtain insurance.

Mr. Brown said the health care bill currently before congress is “not good for our state.” While said that all Americans should have health care, the federal government should incentivize individual states to tailor a plan for its citizens.

“I believe everyone should have insurance, I initially have to look out for our state. And when we’re already going to be paying higher fees with our plan and then pay higher fees for a plan that doesn’t work for us, I think we can do better,” Mr. Brown said.

Original post follows:

Tuesday: Do One Thing.

“We have had one year to make up for eight.” ~ Obama, sounding a lot like Conan, lately.

teddy kennedy senate massachusetts health care

What happens Tuesday in Massachusetts.

The outcome of America’s direction on Health Care will come down to One Vote: that of Massachusetts.

Click here to get directly involved.

Ted Kennedy, the lion of liberalism whose passion for health care for the poor and all Americans was unmatched for decades, passed away some short while ago. At stake—now—is his Senate seat, where Health Care stands to pass because the Democrats have a fool-proof 60 vote majority. But lose even one seat—this seat—and universal health care (what’s left of it, an admittedly imperfect bill that will nevertheless grant coverage to 30 million more Americans who sorely need it, whatever idealistic Progressives and right-eous self-enthusiastic Libertarians say)

…is over.

So we have to win this seat. Tell your friends in Massachusetts we’re counting on them. Post this link to their Facebook Wall. Email them. Make a call. Tell them to vote for a path forward. Because none of us wants to retreat into the Dubya era—which if Rush and Hannity and Fox and Beck have their say, will be our way.

coakley obama massachusetts kennedy health care


BOSTON — President Obama swooped into Massachusetts on Sunday in an attempt to rescue the flailing candidacy of Martha Coakley, the Democratic Senate candidate in a special election on Tuesday that will determine whether the party will preserve its 60-vote majority in the United States Senate and keep alive its health care agenda.

“If you were fired up in the last election, I need you more fired up in this election,” Mr. Obama said, speaking over the loud applause of a packed basketball arena at Northeastern University. “Understand what’s at stake here Massachusetts. It’s whether we’re going forwards or backwards.”

The Democratic Party deployed its full political arsenal here for the final 48 hours of the battle between Ms. Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general, and Scott Brown, a Republican state senator, to fill the seat of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

As the race lurched to an unpredictable finish, Republicans worked to capitalize on an uneven campaign by Ms. Coakley and a strong air of dissatisfaction with Washington. Senior Democrats conceded on Sunday the real prospect that Ms. Coakley could lose the race, but they hoped Mr. Obama’s visit would rally the Democratic base.

The president did not explicitly say that the overhaul of the nation’s health insurance system was at stake in the election

…for the rest, go to the NY Times.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


14 Responses to “F**k you Ted from the People of Massachusetts.”

  1. Steve says:

    A lot sure can change in a year, huh? Make no mistake, this is important. The 60 votes we have in the Senate right now are by no means "fool proof." It simply means that we most likely can hold off a fillibuster by Republicans. So what happens if we lose Massachusetts? Deadlock. If Americans are upset with Congress now, it'll be at a completely new level come 59-41.

  2. Merete Mueller
    thanks for the info! my little sister is voting in her first election.

    Seth Brigham
    Waylon, due to your efforts alone, you've tilted massachusetts back to the dems!

    I really think you should stay away from politics.
    It's not your field of expertise, though, I agree with your sentiments generally.
    But, from past experience you don't study up on the details, easily swayed by smiling handshakers like some of your Boulder City Council endorsements.

    Waylon Lewis
    Thanks, Seth, but IMO no American should stay away from politics. It's our patriotic duty to give it half the attention you give your football, hey? And this is a big one. Doesn't take an expert to know the difference between a filibbuster-proof 60 vote majority in the Senate and a…useless 59 vote majority that will effectively sink what's left of health care reform.

    Oh, and f off.

  3. Greg says:

    While I believe health care reform is VITAL. Obama's approach is a total disaster that will ruin what we have and which will enslave future generations.

    Sometimes when we face a challenge, a problem, we fall into the trap of jumping at the first solution presented. This leads to bad decision-making and it opens the door to con artists who have other agendas such as power and personal wealth.

    I still scratch my head wondering how anyone can perceive Obama as anything but a south side Chicago gangster. I've been there, seen that — and had hoped to leave it behind forever. Now we all grapple with the problem.

    Is anyone on this thread coming to grips with the multi-billion dollar payoffs to union mobsters such as Andy Stern that are now tucked into this bill? Does anyone care they are being lied to? Or is the dream more important that the reality?

  4. Interesting, Greg—but I'd, in brief, just say that "don't make perfect the enemy of the good." On a basic level, this bill will cover millions of Americans, like my mom and myself up until two years ago, who need it.

  5. Amen, Times. Progressives have never followed their version of Reagan's 11th Commandment, and it hurts the cause.

  6. nathan says:

    Deomcrats – yawn. Republicans – yawn. We waste so much energy trying to elect people that don't represent our views on much of anything.

    If even 20% of the energy spent on electing Obama in 2008 had been put into developing long term, grassroots community groups that actually did something in their communities, maybe some real change might come to this nation. Getting elected officials to change requires that people enact their dreams as best they can on a smaller scale. Look at every major progressive movement that occurred in the last century and a half – it always began locally, and spread out from there, until the people in power at the time had no choice but to do something.

    It never ceases to amaze me how people will vote for politicians who turn around and slit the throats of every good idea that they spoke about during their campaigns. And then the same people who voted for these frauds shout down and slander those of us who were willing to stand by our ideals, and work on the ground to make them happen. I'll take a slice of idealism and some hard work in my community any day over the false hope and backstabbing that comes from putting your eggs in the basket of corporate-dominated politicians.

  7. Greg says:

    Nathan for President! Right on the money.

    This has nothing to do with giving Obama a chance — he had a chance. But he did not want a chance. His agenda (or should I say the agenda of Soros, Goldman Sachs, et al) was never what was sold. This is corruption at a staggering level.

    What makes it so sad is the lies that Obama put forth to energize the dreams of America when he had no intention of being true to those promises. This was con game 101 and I am astonished how many wanted to believe so bad that they took such obvious bait.

    I, too, like Waylon, have a stake in the game. I've been screwed by insurance companies. And I would love to have a working system in place. But I am not willing to toss my liberty and my future in the trash can on the remote possibility that people who have a history of being gangsters will care about me once I give them absolute power.

    The chance Obama had was to place responsible, competent, and ethical people in his administration. Instead, we end up with whack job Marxists, Communists, incompetents, tax cheats, union bosses, and a host of other unsavory characters. Of course, he did not choose his people — they chose him. Go back and get your hands on all the video you can with Rahm Immanuel and Obama on camera together and then let me know who you think is the Chief Executive.

    Hats off to the people of Massachusetts.

    I am voting for Nathan.

  8. Well, what you talk about makes good sense. But it also works the other way, that kind of grassroots work is what overturned gay marriage in California. It's not a solution, going local. I've been pretty involved in local issues in Boulder for years and can tell you that, on every level, whether at the Co-op or the Farmer's Market, your local yoga studio or cafe, our City Council…there's competing interests, winks and nudges…as well as idealism and good people. It's human nature, and you won't get away from it by going local.

    Involvement on a national scale is vital. it's not the only way, and I agree with you. But to say 'yawn,' well, that's just callous to the 30 million Americans, including people like my mom, who were just deprived of health care coverage as a right, not a $$$privelege—as it is in just about every other "First World" nation.

    I say don't "yawn"—let's work harder, and smarter, together—and wake up. Close those loopholes in campaign financing, as urges both Howard Dean on the left and many Libertarians on the right…and improve our system of government. National government ain't going away, and it will continue to effect hard working local heroes such as yourself.

  9. I think I feel sick.

  10. Via Credo, the notion that if the bill were better, improved, maybe it'd pass: http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/po_reconcilia

  11. Cory Upton-Cosulich

    Doreen Hing
    Nice behaviour from folks who just care about themselves…

    Anna Kristina Gilkerson
    I agree Doreen

    ouch. i dont know what we'll do with the refugees when they start streaming across the border into Vermont

    Ironically, Brown (the Republican victor) voted for Universal Health Care coverage in Massachusetts—the first state to approve the measure.

  12. Greg says:

    Oh, oh, I made Waylon sick thereby exacerbating the crisis. I should have put more sugar on the pill.

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