President’s veto is inexcusable

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 3, 2007

This time, he’s gone too far.

I’m talking about our wonderful President, Mr. George W. Bush, of course. (Note the sarcasm here.)

Yesterday morning, he vetoed a bill that would have provided an additional $35 billion for children’s health care over the next five years.

At a time when health care costs are rising and people have less and less money to pay for it due to the other rising costs of living, this is inexcusable.

What kind of &uot;President&uot; lets billions of dollars be spent each year on saving the people of Iraq, but can’t provide money to help the children of his own country?

Since the War on Terror began, nearly $457 billion dollars has been spent in Iraq as of today.

An article on MSNBC estimated this time last year that approximately $255 million was spent on war efforts each day.

Yet Bush can’t even allow a tenth of that amount for the well being of children right here in the United States.

It’s utterly ridiculous.

When Bush was elected originally, I liked him.

I liked his ideals and what he stood for; I liked his candor and, yes, even his usually bumbling public speeches.

It was refreshing to finally have a President who was actually human and made mistakes with grammar, instead of one who appeared perfect and then turned out to be a sexual deviant.

Yet after he was re-elected, it seemed good ol’ George W. stopped caring.

A coworker said to me this morning, &uot;Just because he’s a lame duck President, it doesn’t give him the right to not care about his country.&uot;

How very true.

What I can’t figure out is what is he trying to accomplish by being so contrary?

Just to prove he can?

What gives?

Bush claims that he vetoed the bill because it would lead to the federalization of medicine and hurt private practices.

I completely disagree.

How would a program that helps all children and not just poor children lead to the federalization of medicine?

&uot;Poor kids first,&uot; Bush said in the speech afterward explaining his veto. &uot;Let’s let the other kids get their own private health insurance.&uot;

Excuse me, Mr. President, for being a single mother who works hard and makes too much money to be considered &uot;poor,&uot; yet can’t really afford health insurance premiums, either.

Excuse all working parents for not sitting on our butts all day collecting welfare checks and getting Medicaid for our children.

Excuse us for wanting more out of life than that.

Yet we are the ones who are penalized for bettering ourselves.

The bi-partisan legislation was supported by three-fourths of Americans all across the country, from all walks of life.

It would have provided more affordable health care for 10 million American children.

One Senator after Bush’s speech condemned the presidential veto of the bill, calling it the most inexplicable, inexcusable veto in the history of the country.

Even many former Bush supporters have turned against him in this.

Whatever Bush was thinking, it has become apparent that his motives are clear only to one person – himself.