While I am definitely not a spokesman for any facet of the Democratic Party, I stand up to refute the comments of several Republicans that have written in to your paper.
I am writing to address the gross inaccuracies concerning health care reform and out President, Barack Obama. I must say one thing “I’m sorry”… I am sorry that President Bush took Clinton’s economic surplus and totally degraded it. I’m sorry that Obama inherited a mess left over from the Bush AKA Cheney administration. I’m even sorry that the Republicans are blocking health care reform that would give thousands of Richmond County citizens access to important services. Let me remind the Republicans of one fact: The cost of the controversial wars that we are engaged in is 953 billion dollars and counting.
Hypothetically, if we weren’t straining our economy with the war -- that money would be enough to fund the Health Care Bill for the U.S. citizens. In response to Mr. Gerald’s claims concerning Democrats and ‘financial bailouts’, let me remind him that the first bailout was entitled TARP and it was under the Bush administration, not the Obama administration. Under the passed House bill, the Stupak amendment makes it illegal “to pay for any abortion or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion.”
So Mr. Gerald’s comments regarding ‘churches’ and ‘at-will abortion’ is grossly untrue. Also remember that in America, there is a separation of church and state. I know some people are still upset because of America’s presidential pick but please rally around our elected president. I remind everyone that “we are not a collection of red states and blue states… we are the United States”, so lets show some unity.
Michael D. McRae