Burning Bridges with the Politics of SCHIP

by Ryan on October 25, 2007

in Election 2008,Politics

The Democrats love it.  They get to keep this SCHIP bill out there banging the President’s head against the wall over and over and over again just to make their twisted point:  Republicans want your child to be sick.  But, like Iraq and amnesty, the Democrats seem to be overplaying their hand here too. 

They’ve just scheduled the next SCHIP vote to coincide with the President and seven members of the Republican Party visiting the fire-damage inflicted areas of Southern California.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer believes that the absence of these Republicans won’t matter anyway.  The Republicans, however, have responded to this by saying that it’s poor timing, and reeks of mean-spirited political gamesmanship.  Thirteen Republicans from fire-damaged districts have sent a letter to San Fran Nan to ask for a delay of the vote for a while.  Plus, House Minority Leader John Boehner still wants to give the President a bill he can sign, which is apparently not on the Democrat’s agenda since according to the leadership, “no one has seen any details” of the reworked legislation.

On the substance, though, Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert implied that the Dems are “taking advantage of a disaster to loot the American treasury.”  The “cosmetic” changes to the bill that failed to be overridden is becoming a blind attempt to keep the issue alive rather than solve the problem at the children’s expense.  Otherwise, they’d be working to get an actual bill created that can be signed.

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Shawn October 25, 2007 at 5:44 pm

From the CCN article:

“Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Mississippi, said Congress did not shut down while he was in his Gulf Coast district dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

‘I don’t think our California colleagues are really asking to shut down the Congress because they need to be in their district,’ he said. ‘Their constituents will understand, just as mine understood.’”

Which begs the question: how many bills did Republican read or vote out while the nation was focused on Hurricane Katrina? I can go to the official Congressional website to find out, but I’m betting this is just a case of one side taking a page out of the other’s playbook. So who’s really “playing politics”?


Mike October 25, 2007 at 6:39 pm

So Shawn, are both parties right or are both parties wrong? I’ admit that the GOP should have extended the courtesy to people like Taylor and delayed their votes. I say they were both wrong.

As we know, the GOP rightfully paid the price for their arrogance on a number of matters in 2006. Next year, it’s the Dems turn.

Now let’s see how honest honest you are. Are they both right or are they both wrong? Or maybe you apply a double standard? Hmm.


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