Something to Chew On

Wed, February 28, 2007


There are things happening in the Bush Administration, somewhat under the radar, that could have a serious long-term impact on millions, and I’m NOT talking about the war in Iraq.
Here are a few things that popped out at me on just a casual scan of the papers yesterday and a quick visit to on political blog:

1. Office of Women’s Health. Several million dollars a year are allocated in the budget for this federal office for research on how common medications physically impact women differently than men. That’s certainly not a lot of money in federal budget terms, but there is serious doubt whether any of that money will be used for that purpose this year. Seems the office has already spent a good chunk of that money on other things and claim to need the rest for salaries, which would effectively mean there is no money for research. Some observers are saying this is intended payback for the Office’s position on Plan B.

2. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIPS). Bush’s people told the nation’s governors this week at their annual conference that there will be no more money allocated for CHIPS, the federally subsidized state program that provides health insurance for children whose families are too poor to have health insurance, but not poor enough for Medicaid.

One official said that about six million poor children have no “entitlement” to coverage under the program.

3. FDA food inspections are down three fold. Nothwithstanding recent reports of tainted spinach and peanut butter, there have been three times fewer food inspections under the current administration.

As my math-crazy first-grader would say, “I think I see a patterin.”

Programs that mostly impact children and families are getting an even shorter end of the stick through reduced funding than usual — funding that those programs might never get back, even if a Democrat takes back the White House in 2008.

Aren’t these few examples reason enough to start rallying the Get Out the Vote people?

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6 Responses to “Something to Chew On”

  1. Lawyer Mama Says:

    That makes me so friggin mad! And the administration just asked for another 100 BILLION in supplemental spending for Iraq for 2007. That’s on top of the 70 billion they’ve already got. But yeah, I guess I can see where health care for poor children wouldn’t be important with priorities like that.

  2. Andrea Says:

    This administration only cares about one thing: Iraq. HELLO! There’s a whole country to run over here! Between loosening environmental protection laws, reducing funding for insurance and other necessary programs, and siphoning money from every available (and sometimes not available) source for Iraq, GDub has turned this country completely on its ear. An ineffective president is bad enough. A neglectful president is far worse.

    Can’t wait for ’08.

  3. Kate Says:

    I heard about that child health insurance reduction. And I also heard a story about a child dying because their family could not afford the medication needed to fight his infection. But Congress is passing more money to spend in Iraq? I’m mad as hell and not gonig to take it anymore.

  4. Chris Says:

    I can’t wait to get Bush out of office and get McCain in there to turn the country around!

  5. Mamacita Says:

    McCain? Help! Not pro-choice, if you care.

  6. karrie Says:

    Thank you for sharing these.

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