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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Bush spends like a drunken sailor ...

Eugene Robinson had a really good opinion piece in yesterday's Oakland Tribune about Bush's veto of the *bipartisan* bill reauthorizing and expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). He said that Bush spends money like a drunken sailor but when it comes to providing health insurance to needy children he becomes all "fiscally responsible" on us. He also argues against Bush's disingenuous or downright faulty reasons for vetoing the bill. (To read the full article, go here.)

Robinson goes on to state that there's broad consensus for reauthorizing the program.
According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released this week, 72 percent of Americans supported the bill Bush vetoed.
The Senate has enough votes to override Bush's veto. Congress is another matter. About 15 Republicans and eight Democrats would have to change their votes to override the veto in Congress. Voting will happen on Oct. 18.

The Republicans are being targeted with ads and letters to change their votes. These are:
  • Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado
  • Sam Graves of Missouri
  • Steve Chabot of Ohio
  • Tom Feeney of Florida
  • Tim Johnson of Illinois
  • Rodney Alexander of Louisiana
  • John Boozman of Arkansas
  • Barbara Cubin of Wyoming
  • Kay Granger of Texas
  • Drake of Virginia
  • Robin Hayes of North Carolina
  • John "Randy" Kuhl and Thomas Reynolds of New York
  • Timothy Walberg and Joe Knollenberg of Michigan

The Democrats who voted against the bill are not being targeted with ads ... well, I guess their own party members will twist their pinkies to get them to change their votes.

If you're from any of those states, it'd be real nice if you dropped those members of Congress a line. Please ask them to support the bill.

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