Bush' s repeal of the legislation for children's healthcare has left people aghast.
Here are some things YOU can do and some reminders of what has gone before:
Bush To Poor: I’m Just Not That Into You
By: Christy Hardin Smith
An illuminating blast from the past:
…And he really did listen, more than Presidents often do. He also
asked questions. One sounded lofty, yet it resonated with those of us
seated around the room:“How do I speak to the soul of America?”My answer to that was simple: Focus on the children. Their plight is our shame,
I told him, and their promise is our future. Reach them and you reach
our soul. Bush nodded in agreement. The conversation was rich and deep
for more than an hour and a half.
When the discussion officially ended, Bush moved around the room,
talking with us individually or in small groups for another hour. I could
see that his staff was anxious to whisk him away (Cabinet appointments
were being made that week and there were key departments yet to fill).
Yet he lingered and continued to ask questions. At one point, he turned
to me and said, with what I could only read as complete sincerity,“Jim, I don’t understand poor people. I’ve never lived with poor people or
been around poor people much. I don’t understand what they think and
feel about a lot of things. I’m just a white Republican guy who doesn’t
get it. How do I get it?”
I still recall the intense and earnest look on his face as he stared
right into my eyes and asked his question. It was a moment of humility
and candor that, frankly, we don’t often see with Presidents….
News flash, Pastor Wallis. President Short Attention Span needs
constant ego-feeding in order to maintain interest in your cause and,
clearly, any lack of attention to the issues of the poor is because you
didn’t stroke his ego frequently enough. Here’s the thing: he’s a
politician, not a saint, and one who isn’t exactly Mr. Attention To Detail And
Honesty at that. Case in point (via Froomkin):
…Bush first tried a lighthearted approach to disarm Woodings. But
when she continued to press, he confessed ignorance: “[L]ook, I don’t
know the program. Maybe I shouldn’t make this admission, maybe I should
try to bull my way through. I don’t know the program; I’m sorry. I’ll be
glad to look into it. But just from a philosophical perspective, one
of the wonderful things about the country is when there’s a need, the
average citizen steps up and helps fill the need through private
I spoke to Woodings this morning, who told me:“I was surprised that
he didn’t know of the program, considering he’s been attempting to
When it comes to helping others out of the goodness of his heart,
including poor children who can’t help themselves otherwise? He’s just not
that into you.
Make your calls on SCHIP. Please. Especially to these folks. Because
this President needs to learn the meaning of the word “repudiation.”
And the at risk kids deserve some real compassion for a change instead of
the phony public show with backstage veto hustle they just got.
Get on the phone to your member in the House — and to your Senators.
And do remember to call local offices, they are often much more
receptive than the beltway crowd. Tell them to choose their constituents and
the needs of children over George Bush’s “emergency room health care”
plan. Shameful doesn’t begin to describe this.
Here are some toll free numbers to the Capitol switchboard that
katymine found that can help with your calls:
1 (800) 828 - 0498
1 (800) 459 - 1887
1 (800) 614 - 2803
1 (866) 340 - 9281
1 (866) 338 - 1015
1 (877) 851 - 6437
These members in particular need a big nudge:
Jim Marshall (D-GA)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-6531; Macon,
GA Office 1-877-464-0255; Tifton, GA Office (229)556-7418.
Baron Hill (D-IN)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5315;
Jeffersonville, IN Office (812)288-3999; Bloomington, IN Office (812)336-3000.
Gene Taylor (D-MS)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-5772; Bay St.
Louis, MS Office (228)469-9235; Gulfport, MS Office (228)864-7670; Ocean
Springs, MS Office (228)872-7950; Hattiesburg, MS Office (601)582-3246;
Laurel, MS Office (601)425-3905.
Bob Etheridge (D-NC)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-4531; Raleigh,
NC Office (919)829-9122 or 1-888-262-6202; Lillington, NC Office
(910)814-0335 or 1-866-384-3743.
Mike McIntyre (D-NC)–Washington, D.C. Office (202)225-2731;
Lumberton, NC Office (910)735-0610; Fayetteville, NC Office (910)323-0260;
Wilmington, NC Office (910)815-4959; Bolivia, NC Office (910)253-0158.