February 28, 2006

On anger and opposition...

My pal, Fallon Democrat Glen McAdoo, lays it out quite nicely. Both he and I, and a heck of a lot of other Democrats, have had it Up To Here with Republicans who try to shut us up by labeling us "angry." Heck yeah we're angry. Ain't nothin' wrong with a little righteous anger.

It seems as if the Republican spin doctors' new plan of attack is to claim the Democrats are acting as if they are mad at the Republicans and the Bush administration, and it's not becoming. Like we should care what they think.

Democrats are mad at Republicans they say? Well, yeah! Duh. And just pray tell why should we be "happy" with the opposition? They think we should just close our mouths, bite the bullet and put on a happy face as if everything is coming up roses. But it isn't - not by a long shot, or bird shot.
In addition to the lies that got us into Iraq and the incredible debacle that was the Katrina response, illegal wiretaps and sales of American ports to a foreign government with ties to terrorism, Glen goes on:
We're mad at an administration that continues a war against the less fortunate to finance a war promulgated upon deceit and fabrication. The proposed $2.5 trillion Bush budget, which doesn't include the cost of the continuing war, would increase the co-payments for veterans' health care from $8 to $15, and add a new annual enrollment fee of $250. It cuts $107 million nationally from a program that provides box lunches and dinners to the nation's elderly residents.

Ceci Connolly writes in the Washington Post on Feb. 14 that "if enacted, the Bush budget would eliminate federal programs that support inner city Indian health clinics, defibrillators in rural areas, an educational campaign about Alzheimer's, centers for traumatic brain injuries and a national registry for Lou Gehrig's disease. It would cut close to $1 billion in health care grants to states and would kill the entire budget of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resources Center."

Heaven forbid we should get angry just because the budget proposal would cut 36 billion out of Medicare by shaving inflation increases in payments to health care providers like hospitals and nursing homes. Oh, and by the way, that $255 Social Security death benefit is just a little more than the President is willing to spend. I know it wasn't much to begin with, but, how low, will this guy go?

CBS reports that one third of the programs being targeted for elimination are in the Education Department, including federal grant programs for local schools in such areas as vocational education, anti-drug efforts and Even Start, a $225 million literacy program.
Read the whole thing. Glen is quite a treat. I promise to post more of Glen's articles in the future.

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