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editorial2In my Oct. 10th post, Bush: one; Healthcare for poor kids: zero, I attacked the cruelty of a President who would veto a bill that would have extended healthcare to 3.8 million children of the near poor. The bill requested $35 billion over ten years; that’s an annual cost per kid of $1.08.

In that post I stated, “every time the President burps, the Congress ponies up another $50 billion for the war in Iraq.”

Sure enough.Bush Requests $46B to Fund Military Operations is today’s lead story in The Washington Post.

Once again I assert — no, I scream from the rooftops — that it is immoral to choose the mechanisms of war over the healthcare of kids. My heart hurts over this.

Shame on Bush. Shame on America. Shame on all of us to allow this to continue.

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All I have is a voice . . .

Could we live in traitorous times? We have been lured by the Siren call of so many challenges — 9/11, Iraq, global warming, cultural wars, record mortgage foreclosures — that we are becoming bystanders of day-to-day life.

Today, I came across W.H. Auden’s September 1, 1939 meditation made on the footsteps of World War II. While he spoke to challenges of a bygone day, I can’t help but wonder if anything will every change?

All I have is a voice.

To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;

We must love one another or die.

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