Friday, September 28, 2007

That ball is going, going, GOP!

If you're looking for Friday Porn, hang on dear reader. First, put on your hard hat because I'm about to drop a little knowledge on you.

I wholly expect the right-wing noise machine to belittle the pundits and reporters like David Broder who dare question the savviness of President Bush's expected veto of the S-CHIP bill, which would give an additional 4.4 million uninsured children health care. Although this legislation is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Bush has shown no willingness to compromise on the extension of a popular, federally-funded program.

I believe the GOP can articulate a strong, philosophical defense against the expansion of a government entitlement program. A cogent argument can be made against giving children in households earning $80,000 free health care.

But denying children visits to doctors makes for bad campaign mojo in 2008. And the GOP's sudden interest in fiscal restraint rings hollow for the party faithful who have watched spending increase unabated during Republican control of the country.

Washington crank David Broder predicts this veto will precipitate lonely days for the 151 House Republicans who voted against S-Chip, and will likely lead to a Democratic whitewash in 2008.

No money

No horse sense

No chance.

By opposing this popular piece of legislation, Bush and Republicans appear tone-deaf and unwilling to confront the complicated issue of health care. Heil, President Clinton!


Steve said...

It's the precedent it creates that is key here. It makes future attempts at government controlled health care easier.

The bigger question here is- Is it the governments' job to ensure you have health coverage? Last time I checked, that was a personal responsibility, but so many of the unwashed are accustom to the government running their lives for them, so the knee jerk reaction will be to paint this bad for the GOP.

CapitolMAN said...

But hasn't the precedent already been set? The program already funds health care for 6+ million children.
Philosophically, I'd be inclined to agree with you. But defending a vote against this bill will be extremely difficult. It makes for some good attack-ads by an opponent.

Steve said...

It absolutely gives them material, but the GOP congressmen who did vote in favor of it can simply say- I voted for it, Bush vetoed it. Make it about them, not the party.

Regarding the precedent, yes in a way it has been set, but this is a clear blurring of the line when you start increasing who can be covered..