"The president's speech shows that he continues to be in denial about the realities in Iraq and here at home. He is dressing up tax breaks for wealthier people as a solution to our health care crisis. Americans need better health care with good doctors, not more accountants to figure out complicated tax schemes. The speech showed that President Bush and his Republicans allies in Congress refuse to acknowledge that their new Medicare plan is a disaster." _ Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.
"After ignoring problems in our nation's health care system for five years, President Bush touted an expansion of Health Savings Accounts tonight that will cause more problems than it will solve. Health Savings Accounts and Association Health Plans only shift more costs onto consumers, making health care accessible primarily to the most well off. The president failed to propose a way to make insurance more affordable, more accessible and more secure for more Americans." _ Rep. Frank Pallone, D-Long Branch
"Tonight, the president once again uses compassionate language and then offers policies that hurt, not help, the average American. Enough is enough. America has seen before what happens when a president thinks he is above the law and when his supporters in Congress think staying the course and trickle down economics will solve all of our problems. It's time for a change." _ Rep. Steven Rothman, D-Fair Lawn.
I had hopes that, for once, President Bush would set aside his love of fancy words and empty promises to do something constructive during this second term in office that he's been grated. I now fear it's hopeless and we're being fucked over once again. I don't know about ya'll, but I want the same health care benefits that our members of congress, who were elected to serve us, are privy to.
Is the a democratic view? Only if being human is being democratic.