In comments on the House Floor before the SCHIP override failed, California Congressman Pete Stark spoke truth to power and sent Republicans into a frenzy of mock outrage.Ã‚Â
Here’s what Pete had to say:
First of all, I’m just amazed they can’t figure out, the Republicans are worried we can’t pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. Ã‚Â They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Ã‚Â Where ya gonna get that money? Ã‚Â You going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Ã‚Â Is that how you’re going to fund the war? 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. Ã‚Â This bill would provide healthcare for 10 million children and unlike the President’s own kids, these children can’t see a doctor or receive necessary care. Ã‚Â [...]
But President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. Ã‚Â The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up. Ã‚Â In Iraq, in the United States and in Congress.