What was, so conveniently, left out of the talking points was the fact that many of these children were VETERANS OF THE AFGHANI AND IRAQI WARS.
As reported by Tom Harper at
Furthermore, these family members would be assured, for up to one year, that they would not forfeit their jobs if called upon to take a leave of absence in order to care for a veteran family member. Co-sponsors of the amendment included Senators Dole, Graham, Mikulski, Chambliss, Brown, Salazar, Cardin, Menendez, Kennedy, Boxer, Reed, Murray, Harkin and Lieberman.
And, amazingly, there's even more.
I can't make the points more succinctly than Larry Sadler can, himself. So I'll quote directly from his post:
"We have heard for years from President Bush, his Administration, and the Republicans. If you are not for us, you are against us. Well the question to this President, his administration and the Republican party, who vetoed the SCHIP that would help our troops as well as our children; If you are not for our Troops, You are against them!
"If that's not bad enough for us. The Bush Administration wants to cut the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a move which will literally leave 30 million low-income households in the cold this winter.
"Yes you heard it right, he wants to cut government-subsidized heat to low-income households this winter. . . ."
That's right, folks -- George W. Bush, who cries crocodile tears over our troops when demanding money to fund the war, VETOED a bill that will help those who have been grievously wounded in battle after they get home from the battlefield.
This is how our President shows his 'Compassionate Conservatism -- an oxymoron if ever there was one.