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 horse sense.
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!