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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Why Does Bush Hate Americans?

Two bills supported by a majority of americans are headed to a veto. Both the stem cell bill and a bill to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices are heading to the president's desk, where they'll be sent back to congress, unsigned.

As I've pointed out before, vetoing federal funding for stem cell research won't keep a single embryo from being destroyed. The veto is pointless.

The other bill would allow Medicare to use its market power to negotiate lower drug prices for seniors. Big pharma justifies drug prices by saying that it pays for research, which makes you wonder -- how do they get those multi-million ad campaigns for prescription drugs for free? Obviously, they must be free. Otherwise, pharmaceutical companies are paying out big bucks to convince people to look into drugs they may or may not need -- money that, on the other hand, they argue they absolutely must have for research. Like most PR claims, this one is ridiculous on its face.

Like the stem cell veto, the Medicare veto is pointless. That is, unless you're a pharmaceutical company. And I'm not, are you? Probably not.

Looking at these two vetoes and what they would do for people, I've got to ask, what the hell did we ever do to him? Why on earth does Bush hate americans so much?

Back to the popularity of these bills. The stem cell bill is supported by a simple majority -- 56% answered the question, "Should the government ease the restrictions on use of federal money to research embryonic stem cells, or not?" with 'should.'

The Medicare bill is wildly popular.

Washington Post (emphasis mine):

There is considerable pressure on lawmakers to do something. A poll last month by Kaiser and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 85 percent of adults surveyed -- including majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents -- favor allowing the government to negotiate prescription drug prices for the Medicare program.

Again, what does Bush have against the american people? It pays to look at these vetoes in context. Bush has vetoed exactly one bill so far, these two would make three. Every veto will have been of a bill that was meant to help people. In other words, Bush's vetoes are exclusively of bills that help people. Bill after bill after bill handing out your money to military contractors and corporations were signed without hesitation -- if it's a big government giveaway to the already unbelievably wealthy, Bush is all for it.

If, on the other hand, the bill would help people with diseases or injuries, Bush is against it.

This is the Republican party under George W. Bush. If you're a Master of Finance or a Captain of Industry, you count. Otherwise, you're allowed to vote GOP and then go screw off -- you don't count. One of Bush's first acts as president was to rollback standards for drinking water, allowing mining companies to release more arsenic into groundwater. His record hasn't improved since.

Putting aside his casual use of military personnel -- none of whom are likely to be among those luminaries of finance -- Bush has never missed an opportunity to put money over lives. As much as he casts his veto of the stem cell bill as principle of his 'culture of life,' it's actually putting GOP fundraising over the lives of people. A 'culture of life' wouldn't be responsible for the massive death toll in Iraq. Bush's 'culture of life' is a sham -- a sop to the religious right over the needs of the vast majority of americans who aren't religious zealots. Bush doesn't give a hot bowl about life. Even before he became president, George W. Bush showed a contempt for human life.

Amnesty International:

The state of Texas executes more people than any other jurisdiction in the Western world. The death toll is astounding: of the 74 executions carried out in the United States of America (USA) during 1997, one-half (37) occurred in Texas, a record number since the reintroduction of the death penalty. Between the resumption of executions in 1977 and the end of 1997, the USA put to death 432 prisoners nationwide, with Texas alone accounting for one-third of the total (144).

Amnesty International does not seek to excuse the brutal nature of the crimes committed by many of those on death row or detract sympathy from the victims of violent crimes and their families. However, the organization is unconditionally opposed to the death penalty as a violation of the most fundamental human right: the right to life.

That was 1998, when Bush was governor. Under Bush, seven inmates were released from death row, having been proven innocent. Yet, despite all evidence, Bush said, "I'm satisfied that everybody who has been put to death in the state of Texas has been given full accord under the law." Innocent or guilty doesn't matter -- whether or not the executions were legal were all he cared about. 'Culture of life' my ass.

Bush hasn't really faced a hostile congress so far, which is why so much of what he's done to the american people has flown under the radar. He got the legislation he wanted from a pet congress and signed it -- no fight, no press. This is no longer the case.

If Nancy Pelosi's 100 hours plan does anything, it will illustrate just who Bush and the right wing extremists he represents really are. Of course, that was the purpose of it -- to get people on record. Anyone who thinks that voting against these bills or voting to uphold the vetoes won't come back to them in a campaign ad is dreaming. It's the first step in culling this pro-business, anti-people movement from federal government. And, with 85% supporting the Medicare bill, it's really going to hurt. The bills are meant to embarrass the GOP and Bush's supporters. Shaming the shameless won't change them any, but it will make it harder for them to be re-elected.

He probably didn't mean to, but House Minority Whip Roy Blunt summed up his party's attitude toward the people nicely:

"Republican discipline was critically important when we were passing legislation and moving an agenda," House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said. "The Democrats will soon move from these issues that poll at 80, 90 percent to issues that really matter."

There it is, folks. People waiting for cures from stem cell research don't really matter, seniors spending all their savings on prescription drugs don't really matter. The issues that really matter are tax cuts for the wealthy, writing big checks to corporations, and killing a whole bunch of people around the world. That is today's GOP.


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Dave said...

i am taking donations to build him a big bronze statue.

Josh G said...

Well lets see if we can wade through your one sided crap article here. the simple reason he wont approve the stem cell bill is because 70% of americans still recognize themselves as some sort of christian. even though there may be a simple majority, its not that simple. theres still 44% of america that doesnt want THEIR tax money that came out of their paycheck spent killing babies no matter what. if private investors want to put their money in the field, theres nothing stopping them. i stand on the side of science and progress personally but im not a big enough jackass to think Bush is vetoing that bill becuase he "hates americans, will kill your dog, sleep with your grandmother, and give you herpes" and all the other bullshit im sick of hearing.

Wisco said...

Let me see if I understand you correctly -- 70% of americans are christian. Not really sure what the hell that has to do with anything, since right away you point out that 44% oppose stem cell research. Apparently, being christian doesn't have a damned thing to do with anything.

On the 'spending tax dollars on killing babies' thing. Embryos that would be used for research will be destroyed no matter what happens -- they're surplus embryos and they have a shelf life.

Also on the tax dollars point -- what the hell makes those 44% so special? Every single person in America could name something their taxes pay for that they don't support -- take the big, baby-killing war in Iraq, for example. Just because a minority opposes something doesn't mean they get to dictate policy to everyone else. It's a democracy -- that means rule by majority vote, not flat-earther opinion.

And you're sick of hearing that Bush hates americans? Sucks to be you. I'll bet you were all over the web, scolding every right wing moron who claimed lefties hate America and are working for terrorists, right? That'd be what you call your 'logical consistency.'