Why does Bush care more about tobacco companies than children and senior citizens?

President Bush on Wednesday said he will veto Senate legislation that would increase funding for SCHIP by $35 billion over five years because expanding the program would lead to more people dropping private health coverage, the Baltimore Sun reports (West, Baltimore Sun, 7/19). Senate Finance Committee members on Friday finalized a bipartisan agreement on SCHIP reauthorization that would increase five-year funding for the program from $25 billion to $60 billion by raising the federal cigarette tax from 39 cents to $1 per pack. SCHIP expires on Sept. 30. ____________________________________________ I say tax the he-double toothpicks out of tobacco and liquor if it means healthcare improvements for those who need them, right?

Asked By: Not so looney afterall - 7/30/2007
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all you libs do is complain about bush, let me ask you this, have we been attacked since 9/11? the answer is no, how many lives have been lost , under 5000, and as far as social medicine is concerned would you like your pay cut to accommodate the mass public because they socialize you job, well think about it, you... More
Answered By: MARIO R - 7/30/2007
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Moola [money]
Answered By: pathfinder - 7/30/2007
Answered By: AC1BD - 7/30/2007
Socialism in any form is unacceptable. Now it isn't "charity". It's "YOU OWE THEM OR WE'LL INSULT YOU AND SPREAD RUMORS ABOUT YOU!" We don't owe them. Charity is wonderful. Stealing from us for a socialist agenda is not wonderful.
Answered By: mckenziecalhoun - 7/30/2007
Well, like it or not, tabacco is a cash crop in the South and many people's livlihoods still depend on it. However, he's just a proponent of privatization. We'll just wait until he's out to get things done at this point.
Answered By: Goldenrae9 - 7/30/2007
children and senior citizens don't give him money.
Answered By: crushinator01 - 7/30/2007
All while asking for another 100 billion for the war...what a tool
Answered By: Al Cracka - 7/30/2007
The Tobacco States are so much a part of Bush's political base, overlapped with the conservative Christian Right. Neither he, nor any conservative Republican in his mold could afford to lose that power base, financially or geographically. Sad, isn't it, the nation's health is far secondary in this scenario?
Answered By: - 7/30/2007
He obviously rode the short yellow bus with a helmet and seatbelt.
Answered By: la diva - 7/30/2007
Yes, the program would pay for itself, but Bush says he opposes it on "philosophical" grounds. Since his favorite philosopher is Jesus, he must believe it's unChristian to provide guaranteed health care for children by taxing a "vice".
Answered By: Westhill - 7/30/2007
Agree. And Bush does not think of anything, but his fat wallet.
Answered By: sassyk - 7/30/2007
we dont need more welfare.......unless you want to pay for it...
Answered By: buck - 7/30/2007
bush, and the crooks, he has in his regime, make big bucks from the tobacco lobbies of Amerika. .
Answered By: U.S.Veteran - 7/30/2007
While I absolutely hate that tobacco companies make huge profits at the expense of the health of the people, socialism (as someone said above) in any form is unacceptable. To say that the government can steal money it has not earned from a private corperation and redistribute it as they see fit sets a very, very... More
Answered By: Firestorm - 7/30/2007
The SCHIP makes no sense. Yes, it will provide coverage for kids in need. But it will also fund coverage for over a million kids who already have health insurance. So the government will tax us to pay for kids who are already insured... More
Answered By: smellyfoot™ - 7/30/2007
Excuse me... More
Answered By: cincywahine - 7/30/2007
I have always agreed with what are called "sin taxes". If I choose to drink , it is only fair that I be taxed at a higher rate since that is a personal choice - not a necessity. Of course you already know the answer to your question. How much money do you think little old ladies and kids donate to the Republican party... More
Answered By: arkiemom - 7/30/2007
Ever hear of the "crowding out" effect... More
Answered By: Johnny 2 Times - 7/30/2007
The facts you set forth do not support any type of argument taht Bush cares more about tobacco thatn children and seniors.
Answered By: John K - 7/30/2007
Gee, could it be political donations and " gifts" ? The good old boys sit around smoking and working new ways to screw all of us .
Answered By: SCOTT A - 7/30/2007
bush is all for the money. he has no morals.
Answered By: irma c - 7/30/2007
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