Americans are spending billions upon billions of dollars to kill Iraqis and fuck up that whole country. But we can’t spend a goddamn cent more on the health of American children???? What the FUCK???
Of course the prez is all for it. But the newly-elected, Democrat-led House of Representatives can’t do a thing about it? I know these fuckers aren’t representing me!
The prez and lame-duck Republicans say that this bill would allow too many children to have healthcare!!!
And the worse thing about the whole fiasco? The politicians are more concerned about their “careers” than they are about our children.
Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times article:
“This isn’t the last fight we’re going to have where Democrats will try to put forth legislation that is populist or will tug at the heart strings,” said Tony Fratto, the deputy White House press secretary. [yeah, we wouldn’t anybody’s feelings about children to influence their decision to deny them healthcare.]
Mr. Fratto added, “Is it a good day? No. A good day will be the day that we pass legislation that the president can sign. But it is gratifying to know that we’ve got Republicans with sufficient backbone who are willing to stand tall and fight on principle in order to get the policy right.” [yeah, some “principle” or other is much more important than the health of our children.]
But some Republicans, like Representative Thomas M. Davis III of Virginia, who was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee when Mr. Bush ran for election in 2000, were furious with Mr. Bush for putting them in such a difficult spot on children’s health.
“He’s not going to get his way on this,” said Mr. Davis, who voted to override the veto and predicted that Mr. Bush would ultimately be forced to sign a measure similar to the one he rejected.
“And he’s jeopardizing people’s careers,” added Mr. Davis, who is contemplating a race for the Senate. [yeah, the careers of career-politician is much more important than the health of our children.]
On the House floor, Democrats told Republicans they would pay a political price for their opposition.
Representative Charles B. Rangel, Democrat of New York, who is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said that “President Bush is going to be there at his ranch in Texas” at the time of the next election.
“He will not be with you at the polls,” Mr. Rangel said. “By that time, the truth will have caught up with the message that the president and you are using to sustain his veto.” [yeah, Rangel, hit ’em where it hurts: their careers! Forget about simply doing the right thing.]
Democrats are seeking ways to revise the bill to answer criticism from Republicans who said it did not focus enough on low-income children. Critics say the bill would allow coverage of children from middle- and upper-income families and of adults and some illegal immigrants. [Oh, come on! When nobody can afford healthcare, how can you argue about how poor you have to be to qualify for any healthcare???]
Mr. Bush has named three senior administration officials to negotiate with Congress. But Democratic leaders would prefer to deal directly with the president.
“We intend to sit down with the president any time he is ready,” Ms. Pelosi said. “We hope that will be soon.” [yeah, you tell ’em, Nancy. After all, it is the “principle” of the thing that matters.]
Chances for a quick compromise with the White House looked slim.
Representative John B. Larson of Connecticut, a member of the House Democratic leadership, said, “We have a president frozen in the ice of his own indifference toward the children of this country.” [Unfortunately, very true, Mr. Larson.]
Ms. Pelosi said she had no interest in an idea promoted by some Republicans in Congress: providing tax credits to middle-income families to help them buy private insurance for their children. [When he can think at all, he can only think in terms of tax cuts.]
Tempers flared when House Democrats compared Mr. Bush’s veto of the child health bill with his support for the war in Iraq.
Representative Pete Stark, the California Democrat who is chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, told Republicans: “You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.” [right ON, dude!!! Now that’s calling it like it is!!!]