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Phyllis Gardner responds to Mike Sullivan: Bush Thanksgiving in Iraq

Phyllis Gardner writes: "I object to the characterization of dissent as "bilious drivel...flowing from the Bush-haters". Those of us who are against many Bush policies have a right to speak and be heard without pejoratives from the Bush lovers. For example, recent reports from the New York Times editorial page and from the Economist address the Medicare bill and its shortcomings.

Other articles address the failure of this President to reign in federal spending; he has not vetoed a bill yet, as our deficit grows ever higher. Other articles document Bush's dismantling of the environmental policy is.

And it is clear that many of the complaints from the anti-war crowd, that multilateralism should have been pursued, that the reasons for going to war against Iraq were poorly articulated and misconstrued, that the perceived outcome of an easily attainable democratic state belied the lessons of history in Iraq, and that the occupation of Iraq would not lessen terrorism but rather create a vast, festering sink for terrorists, have been borne out. Bush lovers are just lucky that the economy is undergoing its natural undulations and is now on the upswing.

With regard to the Medicare bill that just passed, it is not really a $400B bill, but one that is much higher, with the costs being off-loaded to future generations. It does nothing to address a growing and horrific problem in the US, the problem of the uninsured, one that I can attest to personally having just managed to sign one of my insulin-dependent brittle diabetic African American male patients into a shelter after an enormous effort.

Here is a recent NYT editorial about the problem":

A $400 Billion Purchase, All on Credit
Excerpt: "Given the demographics, paying the elderly their Social Security and medical benefits will effectively bankrupt the next generation and gravely damage the economy," said Laurence J. Kotlikoff, the chairman of the economics department at Boston University. "The elderly need insurance against drug costs just as they need insurance against other medical costs. But the elderly as a group should be paying the costs of this insurance, not leaving the bill to the next generation."
The rate of poverty used to be higher than average among the elderly, but over the past four decades it has been reduced by two-thirds and is now lower than the national average. Meanwhile, the number of younger adults without health coverage has been increasing recently, especially among Latinos. Last year, according to the Census Bureau, the number of uninsured Americans rose by six percent, reaching nearly 44 million.

Ronald Hilton - 12.01.03