Thursday, January 15, 2009

Family Values & Michele Bachmann

Working in social services in the daytime, I see a lot of wrongs. I see people with disabilities living in horrible conditions. I see elderly people tucked away and forgotten in nursing homes. And whether it is an elderly person receiving standard social security, or a disabled person receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or RSDI (Retirement, Survivors Disability Insurance) - they all live on a tiny income. Treated like it is a luxury, the minimal amount given to them dwindles down even more once rent, food, and other expenses come out of it.

The worst part of it is that whenever there is a budget cut, more of the their services and monies are the ones that are cut. These are adults, but vulnerable ones. It is appalling the way we treat disabled people in this country. It is equally sickening the way we treat our elderly. The one good thing is that most of them do have Medical Assistance (Medicaid) to cover medical expenses.

Now, when it comes to kids, they are the most vulnerable of all. They are also the most innocent. So, when a bill was brought up to help them, expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), wouldn't most go for it?

"According to the Congressional Budget Office and Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the expanded SCHIP passed by the House would cover 4.1 million uninsured children: CBO estimates that out of a total of 6.5 million additional children who would gain SCHIP or Medicaid coverage under the bill by 2013, some 4.1 million would (as noted) otherwise be uninsured."
These are children after all. There was no bad decisions, no culpability, and complete innocence. So how does someone vote against this?

It turns out, quite a few did vote against it
. Of course, Minnesota's own personal embarrassment, Michele Bachmann, did. This self-proclaimed Christian mother, who preaches family values, voted against kids? This woman and her spacey speeches never really puts her money where her mouth is. In fact, her mouth just seems to run off with a lot of crap. She, and the 137 other Republicans that voted against this, should be ashamed. I wonder how she would feel if her children didn't have health insurance?

The most hypocritical Christian I've seen to date, Bachmann is not only an embarrassment, she is a disgrace. Now I know why she always has such a phony smile and vacant eyes. It must be her total lack of compassion and caring. Her empty speeches are just that - empty. Some family values, Michele.

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