Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Mighty Veto Pen Strikes

Bush vetoed the SCHIP bill today that would have provided health insurance to millions of kids in America. His excuse is that it was too expensive! It was going to cost as much as $35 Billion over 5 years. I'll do the math...that's $7 Billion a year and most of it was going to be paid by higher tobacco taxes.

Let's talk expensive. At the current estimated run rate of $750 Million per day to run his cluster fuck in Iraq the ENTIRE 5 YEAR COST of the SCHIP bill passed by Congress and vetoed today could have been paid for in just about a month of killing Iraqis and American soldiers. It is so disgusting I am speechless.

I guess that explains the backdrop for the veto today that denies millions of children healthcare coverage.
The White House sought as little attention as possible, with the president wielding his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage.
Apparently there is a very good chance that this veto will be overridden. His usually reliable Republican lap dogs are staring at a very clear and massive election year backlash. Makes sense that this time Bush decided to do his dirty work behind closed doors. I wonder if he washed his hands after the job?

Here is the latest polling

ABC News/WaPo. 9/27-30. All adults. MoE 3% (No trend lines)

There's a proposal to increase federal spending on children's health insurance by 35 billion dollars over the next five years. It would be funded by an increase in cigarette taxes. Supporters say this would provide insurance for millions of low-income children who are currently uninsured. Opponents say this goes too far in covering children in families that can afford health insurance on their own. Do you support or oppose this increased funding for this program?

Support 72
Oppose 25
Unsure 3

I think if I was going to tell nearly three quarters of America to screw off I might be tempted to hide behind closed doors too.

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