Bush's argument against expanding nominal spending on S-Chip is "poor kids first," that is he's against the program because it provides benefits to middle class families. The veto is political russian roulette, the justification makes it russian roulette with six bullets.
I once wrote that the last thing the Republicans should want to do is talk about the progressivity of the tax system. I was wrong. The last thing they want to say is that when Democrats claim they are helping the poor, they are really helping the middle class (second last is there is no such thing as a free lunch so look at spending not taxes given their record). Republicans have to argue that, when Democrats say middle class, they mean the poor. They survive only because working class Americans see a bigger gap with underclass Americans than with rich Americans.
What are they going to do next ? Attack small businessmen on principle ? Check.
Two weeks ago, the Democratic radio address was delivered by a 12-year old Maryland boy named Graeme Frost. Right wing bloggers attacked him arguing that he was rich. They are assholes, they are wrong on the facts but more oh much more, they are opposed to self employment.
I love the condescending attitude toward the small business owner:
"...maybe Dad should drop his woodworking hobby and get a real job that offers health insurance..."
I generally shy away from the "imagine if one of us said that" school of arguing, but really, imagine HRC referring to a family's small business as "a hobby" and suggesting it's time to get a "real job"
Methinks wingnuttia might have some fun with that. Me; as someone with a brother, several close relatives, and numerous friends who have made their way in the world by creating small businesses based on something they love doing all I can do is stifle the urge to go postal.
Posted by: Bob | October 07, 2007 at 11:23 PM
I am not Bob (I am Robert or Rob for one thing) but I wish I were. Can't stand reading Freepers though.