The definition of outrage is an act grossly offensive to decency, morality. The Republican majorities in Congress and President Bush have committed numerous grossly offensive acts to decency and morality on the behave of the American people. So, many one word can not describe it. Outrage!
abuse, affront, atrocity, barbarism, damage, desecration, enormity, evildoing, harm, hurt, indignity, inhumanity, injury, insult, mischief, misdoing, offense, profanation, rape, rapine, ravishing, ruin, shock, violation, violence, wrongdoingThe latest outrage is to the budget. E. J. Dionne Jr. describe the theme of the Republican budget as, Protect the well-connected, bash the poor.
Millions of low-income people would have to pay more for health care under a bill worked out by Congress, and some of them would forgo care or drop out of Medicaid because of the higher co-payments and premiums, the Congressional Budget Office says in a new report. The Senate has already approved the measure, the first major effort to rein in federal benefit programs in eight years, and the House is expected to vote Wednesday, clearing the bill for President Bush."Protect the well-connected.
"President Bush, campaigning for a continuation of his tax cuts as a spur for the nation's economy, came today to a fast-growing place with the lowest unemployment in Virginia....'Things are going fine,' Bush said today. 'The fundamental question facing us is what do we do to keep it going. Well, first thing is, Congress needs to make the tax relief permanent.'"Yes, President Bush is correct. The fundamental question is do we continue to bash the poor and cut student loans programs, Medicaid, Medicare and federal payments to the states for enforcing child support orders just to name a few or give more tax relief to the wealthiest among us. Lets be blunt about it, class warfare at it best..
How strange it is that while the president claims he wants to help people get health coverage, he and his party would support a budget that could force some poor Americans to walk away from care.Indeed. Where outrage?
It's hard these days to get the media to pay attention to budgets and their impact on the lives of citizens. Budgets are complicated and easy to spin. It's much easier to generate immense moral outrage over a memoir writer who tells lies.
But long after we've forgotten the name of that writer, a mother on Medicaid will be deciding whether she can afford to take her sick child to see the doctor. Can we please spend at least a tiny bit of our moral outrage on her behalf?
Alito, Katrina, Iraq, Terrorism, Domestic Spying ... the list of things to get outrage about continues under President Bush and this Republican Congress. This budget vote gives the Democrats in Congress an other opportunity to show us where they stand. A yes vote to continue the failed and immoral polices of Republicans or a no vote against bashing the poor and protect the well-connected.
(Hat Tip to Sirotablog)