Sunday, October 14, 2007
More Neo-Conservative Nuttery
White House Endorses Website Threatening 12 year old Childs Family.
Over the past week, the White House has been on the attack, trying to prevent Bush's SCHIP veto from being overturned in the House of Representatives. But the target of their fury, 12 year old Graeme Frost, shows how desperate the Right Wing has become. With things not going so well in Iraq, a lame duck figure head President in office, and with few political victories (or any significant legacy) to speak of at the end of a failed Presidency, they need something to talk about and need someone to stand in as a target for their attacks. If not Frost, then who?
Instead of offering good arguments on the merits of why SCHIP needed to be vetoed, they have chosen to attack Graeme Frost, a youngster who benefited from the funding. The Republicans are attacking the messenger, since they have few good arguments for not extending the SCHIP program, particularly during a time when hundreds of billions of dollars have been wasted in Iraq.
Bush & Co., and their Republican machine are also attacking the messenger because they know that they are on the wrong side of history once again. Survey after survey has shown strong public support for both the renewal, and for the expansion of the SCHIP funding. Most State Governors (Republican and Democrat) also support the new SCHIP funding, which would be paid for by a limited Tobacco tax; unlike the Iraq War....which is not paid for. The Iraq war = debt spending, while SCHIP is covered. Yet, the Republicans are concerned all of a sudden with the concept of watching every penny when it comes to healthcare for Americas children.
There is something seriously wrong about this country's priorities.
I also find it interesting that the White House is claiming that Democrats used the boy as a prop, even though he was a recipient of the funding and is a legitimate voice for children who may need healthcare through the program (just like Susie Flynn with her campaign). The Bush administration is making a bold claim, particularly when it is known for using props of all kinds to support its policies....whether it is using an Aircraft Carrier as a prop (and wasting fuel on sorties), using American soldiers as backdrops for pro-war speeches, or using 911 victims and their families as tokens. The entire legacy of the Bush administration has been more about stage props than actual substance. Yet they are criticizing the Democrats who actually used an American who has something to do (legitimately) with the policy that they are supporting?
Now the White House has officially endorsed a website that has been involved with the smear campaign against the Frost family. The website RedState, even contains threats against the childs family.
Related Blog Post
More on SCHIP and the Graeme Frost frenzy from The Carpetbagger Report