Points By Drew Pritt

Ted Kennedy sailing into history.
May 27, 2008, 4:07 am
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Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., left, guides a sailboat up to ...

Its almost symbolic as Ted Kennedy enters into the greatest fight of his life, he took time off to go sailing off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But Kennedy is already sailing into history because so much of the progress of this nation is largely due to Ted Kennedy’s fabled career since 1962. When modern day pols and future historians look at Ted Kennedy, the highlights seem to be his 1962 Senate bid (as the brother of an incumbent President), his tragic car accident at Chappaquidick, and his failed but exciting 1980 primary bid against Jimmy Carter for President.

The other day, a self-hating and loathing conservative, who hates Ted Kennedy because he is a Kennedy brought up Chappaquidick and challenged me saying, What has Ted Kennedy done for America?” Well let me tell you what the Ted Kennedy legacy of what he has done for America includes :

* Co-sponsored the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health insurance coverage to children.

* Introduced and co-sponsored with Senator Tom Harkin (D-Ia.) the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibiting discrimination against any qualified individual with a disability in job application procedures, hiring or discharge, compensation, advancement or training.

* Advocated effectively and worked to see that minimum wage, including the most recent raise, would take the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 by 2009.

* Sponsored legislation authorizing the spending of $50 billion over the next five years to combat health crises posed by AIDS and other diseases in Africa and around the world.

* Championed lowering the voting age to 18.

* Has OPPOSED the Iraqi War since it’s inception and spoken out when others tried to play it safe.

* Sponsored legislation that since 1962 has created over 750,000 good paying jobs with good benefits around the nation.

Now Ted Kennedy is sailing into a fight with cancer. I know the odds, but Ted Kennedy is a fighter and a survivor. He’s beaten the odds before. I hope he beats them again!


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