Common sense prevailed in the House as Republicans stuck together and supported Bush’s SCHIP expansion veto, but not before lunatic Democratic Representative Peter Stark made the shockingly vile statement that America’s troops are in Iraq getting their heads blown off “for the President’s amusement”:
Democratic Rep. Pete Stark launched a shocking one-man assault on the Bush administration Thursday, interrupting floor debate before a failed attempt to override the president’s veto of the so-called SCHIP bill to suggest that U.S. troops in Iraq are getting their heads “blown off for the president’s amusement.”
The vote to override President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill failed, 273-156, 14 votes shy of the number necessary.
Action on failed measure screeched to a halt when Republicans asked that remarks by Stark be “taken down,” or stricken from the record. The objection, however, came too late and was made on less inflammatory remarks, and were therefore ruled within the boundaries of House decorum.
But House rules prohibiting personal attacks on fellow lawmakers or the president didn’t stop Stark from lambasting Bush for his veto, and repeating his charge that the president would rather use government revenues to send U.S. children to war than to pay for low-income kids’ health care.
A longtime war critic, Stark said the president couldn’t find $35 billion to expand SCHIP but at the same time had requested an extra $200 billion to pay for military operations in Iraq.
“Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old, enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement,” Stark said.
“President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress. I urge my colleagues to vote to override his veto,” he continued.
Here’s the video of lunatic Pete Stark making his statement:
Why haven’t the men in white coats taken this man away yet?
Update II (from Lorie): Michelle Malkin has documented Stark’s lunacy before — he is not only foulmouthed, calling a fellow congressman a wimp and a fruitcake (and worse), but taunted one to fight him. If this guy were a Republican the calls for him to resign would be deafening.