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“The teabaggers have come and gone, as have the cries of “death panels” and the demonstrations by Medicare recipients demanding that the government stay out of health care. And reform is still on track.
By PAUL KRUGMAN NY Times Op-Ed
So, how well will health reform work after it passes?
There’s a part of me that can’t believe I’m asking that question. After all, serious health reform has long seemed like an impossible dream. And it could yet go all wrong.
Right now it looks highly likely that Congress will, indeed, send a health care bill to the president’s desk. Then what?
Conservatives insist (and hope) that reform will fail, and that there will be a huge popular backlash. Some progressives worry that they might be right, that the imperfections of reform — what we’re about to get will be far from ideal — will be so severe as to undermine public support. And many critics complain, with some justice, that the planned reform won’t do much to contain rising costs.
But the experience in Massachusetts, which passed major health reform back in 2006, should dampen conservative hopes and soothe progressive fears.
The new health care system will be criticized; people will demand changes and improvements; but only a small minority will want reform reversed.
This thing is going to work.
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Seven News Boston—Police along with the Secret Service are investigating after a local country club discovered a symbol that represents eastern religious beliefs carved into the green.
Golfers finish their round on the 18th hole at the Lakeville Country Club, where a swastika was found carved into the green next to President Barack Obama's name on Sunday.
Lakeville Country Club workers discovered the vandalism early Monday morning.
Police believe the vandals meant to carve a swastika next to President Barack Obama’s name on the 18th hole; however, the symbol was backwards and means hope and peace in some Eastern countries.
The vandals snuck in at night to carve their message, according to the owner of the country club.
“We don’t know if they did it with some type of cleated shoe, or they had some type of tool and this time of year to have that happen, it’s a problem it’s much harder to fix now,” said Lou Mincone, the assistant manager of the Lakeville Country Club.
The carving is about 10 feet by 10 feet.
The manager is trying to figure out the best way to get rid of it.
Workers attempted to cover it temporarily with green spray paint; however, the symbol was carved too deep. They will now try to get turf from another area to fill in the message.
Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday morning.
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Op-Ed by Senator John Kerry
Huffington Post/John Kerry
John Kerry, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Today, Senator Boxer and I introduced our “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act” that aims to put Americans back in charge of our energy future and our security — doing nothing less than reinventing the way America produces and uses energy. At the same time, it will help to put millions of Americans back to work, protect our children’s health and our environment, invest in homegrown innovation, and create a true 21st century economy.
After decades of debate, years of avoiding the challenge, billions spent on the status quo keeping us stuck in the past, it’s time for us to seize control of our energy future, our planet’s future, our security future, and our economic future.
We send a billion dollars a day overseas to feed our addiction to oil. Our economy is at the mercy of fluctuations in the price of a resource we don’t control. And scientists and generals warn that the climate change caused by carbon pollution threatens our health, our environment and our security.
Our bill sets carbon pollution reduction targets, creates powerful new incentives for companies to find ways to meet them, and makes historic new investments in technology and efficiency that will improve every sector of our energy economy.
To read the bill, a bill summary, explanation of each section, etc, follow this link.
The Massachusetts special appointment bill to name Senator Ted Kennedy’s replacement has just passed the Senate. Now all we need is Governor Duvall Patrick‘s signature. The vote was by a 24-16 margin.
Gov. Patrick said he will name an appointee by Friday, and then the Democrats will be back to a 60 seat majority.