The Stark Truth

From C-SPAN via The Raw Story:

During today’s House debates over legislation to expand the SCHIP program, vetoed by President Bush, California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark lodges an indictment against the Bush Administration, and his colleagues in the opposition, sharing his perception that there is a higher priority given to money to wage war and “blow things up” than that given to health care for American children in need.

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Original DVD cover.
(See the video of the speech at the link above)

TRANSCRIPT OF STARK’S SPEECH:

First of all, I’m just amazed that they can’t figure out– the Republicans are worried that we can’t pay for insuring an additional ten million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you gonna get that money? You gonna tell us lies, like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have the money to fund the war or children, but you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people, if we could get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement.

This bill would provide health care for ten million children and, unlike the President’s own kids, these children can’t see a doctor or receive necessary care. Six million are insured through the Children’s Health Insurance Program and they’ll do better in school, and in life. In California, the President’s veto will cause the legislature to draw up emergency regulations to cut some 800,000 children off the rolls in California and create a waiting list.

I hope my California Republican colleagues will understand that if they don’t vote to override this veto, they are destroying health care for many of our children in California.

In the previous job as an actor, our Governor used to play make-believe and blow things up. Well, [the] President and Republicans in Congress are playing make-believe today with children’s lives. They claim we can’t afford health care. They say the bill will socialize medicine. Tell that to Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley and Ted Stevens, those socialists on the other side of this capitol. The truth is: [The] CHIP program enables states to cover children primarily through private health care plans. But, President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up… in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress.

I urge my colleagues to vote to override his veto. America’s children need and deserve health care, despite the President’s desire to deny it to them.

Better be careful, or he will make Boehner weep.
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12 responses to “The Stark Truth

  1. Friend of the court

    Letting our own kids die so that the terrorists don’t kill them. They are also, saying that adults shouldn’t be covered. The adults that are covered by these programs are single parent/primary care givers for minor children. Removing or refusing coverage for these adults puts the kids at risk, also. There is no bottom to the pit that this Republican Administration has tipped our country into.

  2. nonnie9999

    fotc,
    the bullshit about adults being covered is just a canard. schip is about kids. are there going to be people who figure out a way to work the system? of course. that happens with everything. however, why should millions of kids suffer because of a few bad apples? the most ridiculous part of all is that, if kids get medical attention when they are young, medical costs in the future will be far lower than they are now. however, rethugs would rather focus on hatred in the here and now instead of what is good for everyone for years to come. their short term goals (which always seem to include power in their hands and money lining their pockets) are more important than anything else.
    i hope that stark doesn’t apologize for even one word that he said. it’s about time someone finally said it!

  3. Friend of the court

    Stark is a breath of fresh air. It is great to hear someone talk about these real problems without the usual BuSh.

  4. nonnie9999

    i agree, fotc. i have been waiting and waiting for one of these asshole politicians to finally say what the rest of us are feeling and saying it as angrily as we have been saying it for years. i hope he doesn’t take back even one word. it seems to be okay for the fucking rethugs to call anyone who opposes their precious war as unpatriotic or in league with the terrorists. fuck them! why is it okay for them to insult decent citizens consistently, but it is taboo to call a spade a spade when it comes to a general who will sell out his own troops for political gain or a resident of the white house who likes to play commander guy? rush limpdick can call soldiers phonies, and it is perfectly fine to slime a 12-year-old child or a 2-year-old’s decent, hard-working parents, but nobody can tell the truth about their moronic, dangerous, immoral decider.

  5. Friend of the court

    The chief of staff of a congressman said that activists are not citizens. It makes you wonder how many others think the same thing but, are too sneaky to say so. This country is in such serious trouble because we have a fool at the controls and the people in DC still think that they have to play by the old rules. They keep trying to be political. The solution to this mess is not compromise. If you give Bush an inch, he will take the planet.

  6. nonnie9999

    not only activists, but pro-toyota!!! 😮
    we need to stand up to these bullies, look them in the eye, and watch them as they disintegrate into the watb’s that they truly are. they try to act like hotshots, but they crumble when confronted. that’s how it usually is with bullies.

  7. Friend of the court

    My mom used to tell me that someday my mouth would get me in trouble. She was wrong. My mouth gets me in trouble almost every day. The older I get, the worse I am. Life is too short, to go along to get along. That is the main reason that I am so grateful that I found the blog world. People might be right or they might be wrong but, they won’t be quiet.
    BTW, I watched the Daisy show on Wednesday night, it was good, thank you. The Aunts were my favorite.

  8. nonnie9999

    one of the few good things that comes with age is the realization that you should not give a shit what everyone else thinks, and you should say what you really believe. screw political correctness. speak the fucking truth!
    i glad that you enjoyed pushing daisies. it is a very cute show, and i love the guy who does the voiceover. another new show that i love is big bang theory on mondays on cbs. i find it hilarious.

  9. foxy-contin

    I only hope that Stark does not back down and apologize, he can’t let the Refucklicans win this battle…and just wait for the condemnation to come from Pelosi and the like…my support goes out to Pete Stark for speaking the truth.

  10. nonnie9999

    hey foxy!! 😀
    good to see you! i am with you. i hope like hell stark is not pressured to backtrack. with his record, i doubt that he will. he seems to say what he thinks, and he hasn’t apologized in the past.

  11. Friend of the court

    Hay, nonnie, should I post a link from Pff and see if we can get some trolls to slap around? I finished painting and am at loose ends.

  12. nonnie9999

    knock yourself out, fotc! we can use the paintbrushes to slap them around with, so don’t clean them off really well. 😀

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