Sometimes it seems like Groundhog Day.
Bush vetoed the second passing of the SCHIP bill. HE did it in private, where he would not have to be a man and face people when he did this disgusting act. From The AP:
...It was Bush's seventh veto in seven years — all but one coming since Democrats took control of Congress in January. Wednesday was the deadline for Bush to act or let the bill become law....
The bill Bush vetoed would have increased federal funding for SCHIP by $35 billion over five years, to add an estimated 4 million people to the program that provides insurance coverage for children from families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. The joint federal-state program currently provides benefits to roughly 6 million people, mostly children.
A major point of contention with the White House was Bush's demand that nearly all poor children eligible for the program be found and enrolled before any in slightly higher-income families could be covered. He originally proposed adding $5 billion to the program over five years but later said he was willing to go higher as long as his conditions were met.
...Of the 43 million people nationwide who lack health insurance, more than 6 million are under 18 years old. That's more than 9 percent of all children.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the House will take up the extension question Thursday in a bill that also will make adjustments to Medicare.
"We'll obviously need to put additional money" into the children's health insurance program, Hoyer said, because several states say they will have to remove recipients from their rolls if the current funding level continues into next year.
So, If no extension is done to this program, the current existing program will fold... leaving states to have to pay for this on their own. States Rights you say? Is this what Republicans wanted when they called for more states rights? The right to let it's citizens go without Healthcare? The right to go further in debt? The right to choose between Oil or Food or medicine?
Well I hope that those children who live in poorer states understand that it won't be the Grinch that they need be concerned with this year, it will be the Bush who stole healthcare from 9 percent of the children in America. Is this what the republican party stands for? All of the candidates say they were against SCHIP. It seems to me that there is a true lack of compassion for our people, our children with this party. (Please note, I must commend those people who DID pass this bill in the House and the Senate, I only wish their were more who took a stand for Americans.)
According to the White house. if congress doesn't pass the multibillion dollar Iraq War funding bill, upwards of 300,00 (THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND
) people in government will be laid off. That included 200,000 from the pentagon and another 100,000 civilian sector military jobs.
The Iraq war is not part of the federal budget, it is paid for by borrowing money America simply does not have, and SCHIP? It is a PAY-GO plan. Without it, it will leave states to fend for themselves. And Children will die... but instead, we have a president trying to scare Americans by threatening Pink slips for a war that has nothing to do with their paychecks. We have a president who has threatened nuclear war with Iran, while never even reading the NIE. We have a president who outsourced our war with no bid contracts, no over sight and no accountability... But we can't have a program that insures children that is paid for without putting our country in debt. Makes perfect sense.
The president is a bully to workers, to children and to the American people. This current crop of Republicans candidates are no different. Why anyone would want to attach themselves to this breed of republicanism is beyond me, It is neither fiscally nor socially conservative. It is pure radical unbridled corporatism that puts profits over people and destroys any social safety net we may have once had. It isn't what FDR talking about when he mentioned the Four Freedoms... Freedom of speech and expression
Freedom of every person to worship in his own way
Freedom from want
Freedom from fear
So, come on inside, coffee is on. We have some Lady Grey tea as well...
Let's do this day full and loud and proud!
Raine**********[ NOTE ]***********
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