Thursday, December 13, 2007

Deja Two, Bush Bonks SCHIP

The President shows his true colors once again by turning his back on children:
For the second time in three months, President Bush yesterday vetoed legislation that would have expanded the State Children's Health Insurance program by $35 billion over five years and would have boosted its enrollment to about 10 million children.
This is after Bush's major issue was negotiated:
Democrats and some Republicans had argued that the second version addressed Bush's major concern by capping eligibility at 300 percent of the federal poverty line -- slightly more than $60,000 for a family of four.
And even more concessions:
tightening restrictions on illegal immigrants receiving SCHIP benefits . . . and preventing adults from receiving benefits.
But the Presidents wants more, and he is not letting the needs of the children take precedent over his greed.

The irony, of course, is the five year 35 billion dollars is only half of what the President is begging for to extend his war in Iraq. Come to think of it, it is December, and the President told us he would have Iraqi security turned over to the Iraqis by now, following the success of the Surge. How is that working out for ya?

This is becoming 'their' war, not our war and the children in America are starting to suffer because of it. When is the President going to honor his commitment he made to us?


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