A BCC News article published today says:
US President George W Bush has vetoed a bill to expand a children's healthcare insurance scheme, after it was passed with a large majority in the Senate.
Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D. and Nina Owcharenko, in a policy paper published by the Heritage Foundation, support a "balanced" revision of the SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program):
"Members of Congress should widen the discussion to include other policy ideas that could easily bridge the divide. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) and other lawmakers recently started to design a balanced alternative."
So my question is: do you believe in free markets or not? Do you really trust citizens or you you just say you do?
All I can say is don't comprimise. If you believe in the free market and the constitution, then act like it. If you don't, then don't say that you do just to get pro-market votes. In case you were wondering, Robin Hood did not believe in free markets.
I probably could not have said it better than Michael F. Cannon,
"SCHIP is senseless. Like its much larger sibling, Medicaid, the program forces taxpayers to send their money to Washington so that Congress can send it back to state governments with strings attached."
I think Bush is on the right side, on this issue. However, then Bush uses the same Robin Hood rhetoric on whitehouse.gov:
- FACT: The President strongly supports SCHIP reauthorization and his 2008 budget proposed to increase SCHIP funding by $5 billion over five years. This is a 20 percent increase over current levels of funding.
- FACT: The President's proposal maintains SCHIP's original purpose of targeting dollars to poor children who need them most.
I support giving money to the people that need them most, I just don't support stealing it from others to do it. That's just burglary under a government mask. Seems that both the dems and repubs don't get that. And then Heritage, who loves the free market, wants to comprimise.
Politics, Politics, Politics. :sigh: