A fine day out in Washington for hip-hop reminiscences
Mitt Romney has considerable skin in the game through his support for government-run health care when he was governor of Massachusetts.
The Republican is not the only one enjoying a fine day out in Washington, with supporters and opponents of the bill competing for the attention of the many microphones and cameras in attendance. Both sides have much in common when it comes to a frenzied reaction to the issue. Apart from the slogans on the placards, both Tea Party fans and liberal proponents are in shrill high dudgeon about what’s going
When Chilton died last year in New Orleans, he was uninsured and, as a result, didn’t go looking for medical attention when he got sick. Likewise, it was reported that DJ Kool Herc, the man who invented hip-hop’s musical backbone at a series of parties hosted by his little sister in the south Bronx in the late 1970s, was unable to afford hospital treatment when he became seriously ill due to a lack of health insurance. They’re just two of millions of stories about health care and insurance that don’t quite get much space in the current narrative.
In Washington, it’s the political not the personal that produces the most noise. A hell of a town for political junkies, it’s a place powered by the ceaseless buzz and energy of deals and lobbying. If you have business to do and you’ve the money to pay a fancy K Street firm to do the wheeling and dealing on your behalf, you’ve come to the right place. Just make sure you’ve the right uniform on your back – a smart business suit with a stars’n’ stripes pin on the lapel seems to be the attire of choice – and away you go.
Politics puts on a good show in DC because the background is perfect for it. From Capitol Hill down the sweeping mall of monuments and museums to the White House, it’s a stage set for dramas and grandstanding.
No wonder Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing remains such a timeless TV hit. You could easily imagine a rerun about the current administration. It could even feature Josh Lynam, Toby Ziegler and co using the fantastic Washington bike-share scheme to get to and from meetings. And when it comes to the revamped soundtrack? Well, there’s always Moves Like Jagger.