Pardon me for a second, but I need to get something off my chest I have been thinking about for a few days now. Ever since Congress failed to override Bush’s veto of the revised SCHIP program, I have been doing some math in my head. The Democrats (and a bunch of Republicans, too) wanted a measly $35 million to help the SCHIP program stay alive and cover the health insurance costs for a handful of American kids. For some reason, Bush claims that we don’t have the money. Funny then how we continue to throw money into the dark pit known as Iraq but cannot come up with a few bucks to get some kids some health care. In fact, it is going to get much worse before it gets any better:
“if one applies the Congressional Budget Office’s basic assumptions about the duration of the conflict (“a small but continuous presence”), it will cost nearly a staggering $1.27 trillion dollars before all is said and done.”
Before you say anything, I am 100% behind our troops. They are doing their job and doing the best they can with the resources that our government is providing them. This is not their fault…they were asked to do their job and we can all have nothing but pride in our men and women in uniform. I do hope that when they eventually come home, we treat them with respect and honor, unlike they did to my own Dad when he returned from Vietnam…to boos, hisses and put-downs. But I digress…
Whether you think this country should have a national health care program or not, the hypocrisy in the “we have no money” argument is utterly outstanding. We have the money to launch a war against a country that did nothing to us, just to secure their oil supplies, but god forbid we pay for some kids to visit a doctor. Whether you are rich or poor, every single child on earth, never mind in the United States, should have access to a doctor and/or a hospital. No if’s, and’s or but’s. It’s kind of like that bumper sticker that has been around for a while…”It’ll be a great day when schools get all the money they need and the military has to hold a bake sale to buy battleships” Wouldn’t it? Of course we need a military…but maybe, just maybe, we would have the money to take care of our citizens and our military if Bush wasn’t chasing fake democracy and oil around the world. Our education system needs money, our roads need fixing, our health care system is crumbling, our air and water supplies are becoming more and more toxic…when and where does it end? When do we start spending our tax dollars here at home where “we the people” need help?
$1.27 trillion dollars for war…yet we cannot even fathom spending $35 million on health care for American children. Whether you agree or disagree that the government should be taking care of health care for kids is a separate issue, really. The real issue to think about where your tax dollars are going and what they are being used for. Honestly, I would rather have my money spent giving a sick kid back their health than bombing the crap out of a country in the middle east. But maybe that’s just me.