Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sickness redefined

As I am sure many of you already know, President Bush recently vetoed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) because it was his opinion that it was “too expensive”.

The recent proposal, which passed with bipartisan support in the Congress, would have cost an additional $35 Billion over five years.

Democrats enlisted 12-year-old Graeme Frost, who along with a younger sister relied on the program for treatment of severe brain injuries suffered in a car crash, to give the response to Mr. Bush’s weekly radio address on Sept. 29.

Republican opponents quickly countered with vicious attacks

Right Wing critics have recently accused Graeme’s father, Halsey, a self-employed woodworker, of choosing not to provide health insurance for his family of six, even though he owned his own business. They pointed out that Graeme currently attends an expensive private school. They have also asserted that the family’s home had undergone extensive remodeling, and that its market value could exceed $400,000. They even alleged the counters in their kitchen to be granite — and declared that the Frosts did not seem needy enough for government benefits.

* As it turns out Graeme Frost attends the private school on scholarship.

** The business that the critics said Mr. Frost owned was dissolved in 1999.

*** The family’s home, in the modest Butchers Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, was bought for $55,000 in 1990 and is now worth about $260,000.

**** The kitchen counters in the Frost household are made of concrete.

One critic, in an e-mail message to Graeme’s mother, Bonnie, warned her: “Lie down with dogs, and expect to get fleas.”

To call the Republican hate machine “fleas” is an insult to fleas.

One of the bloggers attacking the Frost family is Michelle Malkin. She is a nasty little bitch that I have blogged about in the past.

Here is a fun example of Michelle Malkin "successfully" attacking John Kerry’s war record from the safety of her pantyhose.

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Blogger CJ said...

How sad are people like Michelle Malkin and Bill O'Relly? And, what's even more amazing, is that they have a platform like Fox News to speak such deliberate lies, propaganda, and character assassinations.

10:50 PM  
Blogger bodacious said...

A further investigation also shows all four children are enrolled at this private school. Did you know this?

Do you realize somewhere in America tonight, some child is going to be happy having squirrel and taters for dinner tonight, compared to the in all probability vegetarian pizzas ordered in by the so "John Denveresque" family from Baltimore?

I want my money going to the real poor of America. They are out there.
Apparently the Democrat Party just can't find the "Real Poor". Or is it you just don't want to get near them.

Remember Winnifred and the Winnebago?

4:03 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I work with many people who make a better than decent living and still cannot afford ANY healthcare in this country.

In fact, over 40 Million Americans (Your fellow Americans) also cannot afford proper healthcare.

I have Oxford Health ... which sucks your balls ... and it costs me almost $8,000 a year.

Call me when you have a solution for the healthcare problem in this country. We all know what great inroads the Republican Party and your President have made on that issue.

I would guess that you need someone to be down and bleeding to death before you consider them good enough for your support.

PS. I had taters for lunch. It's not what goes into a person that counts. It's the amount of hypocritical Bullshit that comes out.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

i'm smart, have had periods of success, and am worldly...but i had a hard time in LA (freelance) and NYC with health insurance
and am currently uninsured

i'm 30, gonna be 31 nov.4th


i'm not a martyr, but if it's this complicated and cruel for me, and I KNOW BETTER, imagine how so many others must feel.



ps. PM~ love when you get on a roll and give generously of the jelly.
keep it up.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

oh and another thing:

we expect socialism when we deal with firefighters and cops~



A reminder to your "bodacious"commenter:

Socialism is not communism.

We all use highways. You may not drive but I'm willing to bet you entertain your lifestyle (perks) because of them. I'm sure, at the very least, you use cabs and subways. What if your imported client couldn't get to you? How, do you imagine, the City transports materials so as to insure your underground subway commute?
Without maintenance, aren't we left with entropy?
I wonder when and if you notice traffic flow (are you aware only when there is upkeep/repairs?) and do you really think everyone who works in the City lives there? No, of course you KNOW they don't. You KNOW your firefighters and cops could never afford to live in the City, right?! And sure, you hate cops and they're a hassle...until you need them!

Health education,
and care is vital
to a productive,

Some things aren't political or commercial at all.

Medical care and responsibility should be a social value. It's common sense.
We have public schools! They may suck, but we have them! We should have public health care! It might have to be basic but at least each individual (SOUL) would then have a chance (however stifled) to (at least aspire to) comprehend and seize his or her own livelihood at it's very core. Each individual would once again be a CITIZEN (!!!) not a CONSUMER!!!!! Each SOUL would be first and foremost granted the basic right to be human; to be granted a right to feel human!
With awareness, we are more apt to pursue a destiny determined (not dictated) by the scope of our own ambitions.
And then,
maybe (?!) we'd realize how
toxic and sad it is
to CLASSify and RATIONalize
our compassion and culpability
so righteously, so recklessly,
and ultimately, so indefensibly.

ok. ack. wow. (sorry?!)
I went off!

11:46 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

that got my blood pressure up!

11:51 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

Holy Shit Katy!

Very well said ... and remind me not to get in an argument with you anytime soon.

A Few Things:

1) What does "love when you get on a roll and give generously of the jelly" mean?

Have you been in California too long and picked up their lingo?

I will need to get a translation on that one.

Otherwise, I will have to go to the corner store and pick up a six-pack of Coronas with lime wedges in order to decipher that sentence.

On the subject at hand ... I have always found this very interesting.

I am neither a socialist nor a communist.

However, Socialism comes from the word "Society".

Communism comes from the word "Community".

The concept or initial idea of both of these forms of government was to benefit the "Society" or the "Community".

Neither of them has ever historically worked because people are always corrupted by money in the end. The powerful, who then enrich themselves, inevitably dominate once again.

"Capitalism", which is prevalent in this country comes from the word capital or money.

Money is the basis for all things in this country. We don't fuck around in America. We know who holds the cards, and we all are in a rat race to get our share of the American dream.

All we really end up caring about in this country is money.

Perhaps we should start to care about our neighbors more often. Perhaps we should also remind "real" Christians like George Bush that “neighbor” does not mean the guy or gal in Penthouse B.

Bodacious writes this:
(From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada actually)

"I want my money going to the real poor of America."

I personally think you should shove “your money” up your ass. Then you can run around crapping it out like Johnny Appleseed in a whirlwind tour of the United (Red) States ... or any other place where small mammals are eaten.

I have a really good friend who would appreciate that.

12:38 AM  

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