By Rori Black
Bush is preparing to use his veto power for the second time his presidency; the first was to to lift a ban on federal funding for new embryonic stem cell research, the second the recent funding bill with a time table for troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Bush has used the most powerful of the presidential tools, the veto, less than any other president. Franklin D Roosevelt leads the pack with 635.
The time table is a proposal only, not a mandate. Bush, showing a lack of understanding of the word “compromise” has sworn to work with the majority party to pass the funding bill… without the time line.
What is Bush saying? That troops and sick Americans are worth less than fetuses? The US continues to send underfunded, under-armored, stop lossed, reuped, exhausted, wounded, mentally ill soldiers into Iraq; probably until the mess can be dumped into the lap of the next president. Terminally ill patients will die with no hope because new stem cell lines are not available for research; lines that are slated for destruction anyway. Bush has not gone to a single military funeral, but he will cut short his vacation to interfere in a private, family decision to remove a brain dead woman from life support.
Those who are willing to give their lives for this country, and those among us who need us the most are worth less than a non-self-sustaining organism.