Yes, we effing can! Today President Obama signed the most important social legislation since the Sixties into law. Here's the AP lede, which will someday appear framed on the wall of the wire service's world headquarters right there with the story of the passage of Medicare and Social Security:
WASHINGTON -- Claiming a historic triumph that could define his presidency, a jubilant Barack Obama signed a massive, nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul on Tuesday that will for the first time cement insurance coverage as the right of every U.S. citizen and begin to reshape the way virtually all Americans receive and pay for treatment.
Our new favorite congressman, Jim Cooper, was there and files this statement:
"This is a good bill and a defining moment for our country. Folks back home sent me here to do what is right for our country, not what is temporarily popular. That's what my 90-year-old mother taught me long ago, and I think that is what every Tennessee family wants for this, the greatest country in the world."
OK, that was a little sappy. But Pith admits we're feeling exhilarated lately over these events in Washington. We've been waiting a long time for this. Flawed as this law may be (hah!) yes, it's the law.