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House Fails to Override SCHIP Veto

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: Lunatic Pete Stark thanks his equally lunatic supporters. Hat tip: Hot Air

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.


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Comments (29)

"Here's the video of lunati... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

"Here's the video of lunatic Pete Stark making his statement:"

You have just insulted all the respectable lunatics of the world, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi being on the top of the list.

Alas, VolvoCare is no more.... (Below threshold)

Alas, VolvoCare is no more.

I think he's just mad cuz R... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

I think he's just mad cuz Rush's letter JUST HIT OVER $851,000!!! (Drudge)


Well, if anyone was wonderi... (Below threshold)

Well, if anyone was wondering about the origin of the phrase, "Stark raving mad," there you have it . . .

Ah, a congressman only nogo... (Below threshold)

Ah, a congressman only nogo or civil moron could love

The white coats are coming ... (Below threshold)

The white coats are coming for the Republicans and bloggers who think this was a victory today. The real victory will happen at the 2008 election when the Democrats hammer the GOP to another 10 seat or more gain in the house and 3-5 senate races.

You heard it here first. Lets see how happy you will be for the S-Chip victory on November 5th 2008.

FL Masochist - with Billary... (Below threshold)

FL Masochist - with Billary at the top of the Dimo ticket the very opposite of what you want is going to happen babyboy....you heard it here first. My god... leftys are such idiots.

That "blow things up" theme... (Below threshold)

That "blow things up" theme got old real fast. I did notice a lot of empty seats along with the reaction of the guy sitting behind him when he mocked Bush. He was stammering a lot, did he lose his place in his notes?

Damn fiscally irresponsible... (Below threshold)

Damn fiscally irresponsible Republicans would rather waste far, far more billions of dollars funding Bush's Pet Project in Iraq than on America's injured children. But they're outnumbered by at least 2 to 1, if not in the House, than in the Senate, and in the rest of the country. Republicans may be able to stop this until Bush is out of office, but Bush's departure is no longer that far away. Then SCHIP can be expanded by Congress, approved by the president, and the short-sighted Republicans lose once again.

6 & 9:Wah, ... (Below threshold)

6 & 9:

Wah, Wah Wah!

I defend the 151 Republican... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

I defend the 151 Republicans that voted against this. They should make it a hallmark in their elections next year...along of course with their support on the Bush vision of victory in Iraq.
They should have no problems next year.

We can suppose they will ask our President to come to their district and pose with him.
What can assure their re-election more than a pic with our popular President..

They stood tall against Communistic health care plans....

Look at any poll. It will demonstrate that voters fear Communism just below fear of another terrorist attack...

These brave Republicans will all be re-elected in a wave....and why wouldn't they?

Michael wrote-"FL ... (Below threshold)

Michael wrote-

"FL Masochist - with Billary at the top of the Dimo ticket the very opposite of what you want is going to happen babyboy....you heard it here first. My god... leftys are such idiots."

You obviously don't know me well. I supply political news tips to Jim Addison at Wizbang Politics on a regular basis. Jim and I see eye to eye sometimes, sometimes not, but Jim and I respect each other. I'm no liberal, and Jim would be the first to tell you that. But I'm not hard right either. What I am is a realist and a dying breed of democrat, firmly conservative on defense, a little bit liberal on social and economic stuff. It all depends on what we're talking about.

What's at play here with S-Chip isn't 7 billion more dollars being spent on some piece of tahe project, but everyone drawing up sides on what party they support without thinking the consequences through. Aka Gotcha politics which isn't very productive when done by either party. Its all politics, on both sides, but the Republicans have more to lose here. What's the upside for the GOP? Tell me, some in between compromise will get passed but The Democrats will still hammer the GOP with this next year. I can see the ads already, kids needing healthcare. Its going to work and the Republicans are going to smart for it when all the Congressional races are counted up next year.

I would say the upside is d... (Below threshold)

I would say the upside is doing the right thing. Which is keep the project to only helping those in need and are at or below the poverty level. That children are hose under 18. The GOP cannot allow scare tactic to define them. Lets be clear if they did sing this bad bill into law the Dem would find something else to vilify the GOP for. This way they stick to there base who vote for them. The base the folks who elect them to office ant them to support what we want. If they act like drunken politicians (Drunken sailor spend out own money) the base will not support them and they will loose more seats. They lost seats because their was nothing to differentiate them from tax and spend Democrats.

I am not so sure that the p... (Below threshold)

I am not so sure that the politics of everything 'for the children' plays very well anymore.

People aren't stupid, and they don't like stupid emotional appeals.

Not to mention, the polling for an increase in SCHIP shows that 52% of Americans agree with Bush that the Dems plans for expansion are a bad idea.

Sorry, the Dems aren't riding this issue to victory.

Kim, Not only that ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Not only that Peter claimed that our troops are there in Iraq "to blow up innocent people ". These liberal democrats cannot even be honest about who they are. The dishonesty of liberal democrats are so brazen. I don't know why any honest and informed American would support such a party without shame and conscience. Just a summary of the "lies" of liberal dems in the last few weeks:

(1) Liberal left hates the troop. Peter just voiced it for them. The liberal dems just brazenly lie to smear Rush.

(2) The dems are either too clueless about "diplomacy" or "diplomacy" is simply a code word to undermine America. These people have no shame again when they talk incessantly about "diplomacy". Tried to condemn Turkisk genocide of Armenians at this point.

(3) Liberal left doesn't care about civil liberty. Otherwise, how could they support the snooper-in-chief, Hillary Clinton.

(4) They don't care about the poor and children. Otherwise, they would have allowed school vouchers for the poor inner black students. They simply lied about SCHIPP.

Our resident trolls know what kind of party they are supporting so they cannot do anything but "spin".

Unfortunately this is not s... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Unfortunately this is not shocking to this former Bay Area-ite and former District 13 resident.

Where's the call for his censure? Oh wait, Congress is too busy trying to censure private citizens who call phony soldiers, well, phony soldiers.

I think he's just mad cu... (Below threshold)

I think he's just mad cuz Rush's letter JUST HIT OVER $851,000
I think he's mad cuz his mama named him Fortney Hillman Stark, Jr, instead of "Pete"!

"Sorry, the Dems aren't ... (Below threshold)

"Sorry, the Dems aren't riding this issue to victory"

Bwahahahahahaha... have you seen the latest Zogby poll? The lowest of the low ever for Bush...24%.

And another poll showing 81% of Americans in favor of SCHIP, w 74% in favor even at the cost of higher taxes.

The Democrats will hang this around the scrawny necks of the Republicans next year in a way that will wipe this crap party off the face of the Earth.

Wrong on the poll Charlie. ... (Below threshold)

Wrong on the poll Charlie. The majority of Americans do not want to provide free medical care to those irresponsible people making $83,000 per year who should not be parents since they ignore medical care for their children.
Will the childrens medical program pay for the birth control pills made available to eleven (11) year old girls in Me. without the parents knowledge or approval? I think the school board passed this rule so the teachers and administrators can have sex with even younger students without risk of them becoming Pg. Will they lower the age to 8 after they rape all of the 11 year olds? Now tell me that America in the hands of democrats, as several failed states are, isn't in danger of being destroyed.

When you define 'poor' as 4... (Below threshold)

When you define 'poor' as 400% of the poverty line, and 'child' as being under 25(!) I've got a real problem with supporting the modifications to the SCHIP program.

I mean seriously, what are the Dems trying to do here? This is a REAL bad case of mission creep. I've got no problems with supporting people who NEED it (and 400% above the poverty line? No. Try 150%, 200% max) and making this 'for the children' (18 years max).

The idea of personal responsibility just doesn't seem to exist in Washington any more, at least on the Democrat side. This is/was a transparent attempt to buy votes.

Also, anyone else notice something odd? This was supposed to be partially funded by raising cigarette taxes - yet more and more places are working hard to prohibit cigarette consumption. Isn't that going to cut the number of smokers? Or will they attempt to get more revenue by hiking the taxes even higher?

They'd best be careful. Remember what happened with the 'Luxury Tax' in the early '90s... it actually cost about twice as much to implement and oversee than it brought in.

charlie:The De... (Below threshold)


The Democrats will hang this around the scrawny necks of the Republicans next year in a way that will wipe this crap party off the face of the Earth.

Channeling Kreskin are you? That good at predicting the future? Ok, must be the same mindset the based on exiting polls Kerry would win in a landslide.

And while on the subject of "crap," (hey, you brought them up!) the Gallup poll shows 52% support the program's expansion going to families who make under $41,000 a year, as opposed to those making $62,000 a year.

What does that tell you charlie?

It SHOULD tell you any poll on this subject (and all others) is, to use your term, CRAP!

Charlie needs the free heal... (Below threshold)

Charlie needs the free healthcare from all the asskickings he takes on this site.

TFM, there is a Laffer like... (Below threshold)

TFM, there is a Laffer like curve working on your expectations. Congress is in trouble for spending unwisely. SCHIP is unwise. You are depending on the mass of the electorate falling once again for empty promises. You may be right, but you may be wrong. It really depends on how the issue is framed; let's hope it is in a frost-free zone.

<a href="http://www.wash... (Below threshold)

Krauthammer's razor (with apologies to Occam): In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.

Trackbacked by The Thunder ... (Below threshold)

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A short recon of what's out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

Shockingly vile:1.... (Below threshold)

Shockingly vile:

1. Secret prisons.
2. Torture.
3. Bloody, endless senseless occupation of Iraq.
4. Unreasonable search and seizures.

You can try to take our attention away from that. But it won't work. WE THE PEOPLE know what's going on. We won't be distracted by your nonsense. You 24%ers can act outraged all you want.

Your vile dictatorship is on its way out. And our Constitution will be returned.

Shorter Publicus:"... (Below threshold)

Shorter Publicus:

"Hey, look over there! Something shiny!"


Bush's job approval rating ... (Below threshold)

Bush's job approval rating fell to 24 percent from last month's record low for a Zogby poll of 29 percent. A paltry 11 percent gave Congress a positive grade, tying last month's record low.

looks like Bush is still doing better than congress which is lead by who?
I think it is too soon to say anything. BTW Bush is not running.

Our troops aren't in Iraq t... (Below threshold)

Our troops aren't in Iraq to blow-up innocent people any more or less than they are their to protect our freedom.






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