Sometimes, the truth stings, as the following Reuters report reveals:
He’s got the demeanor of the low-key bank president he once was. But liberal Democratic Rep. Pete Stark of California knows how to enrage Republicans.
During debate on Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives on a Democratic-backed bill — which President George W. Bush vetoed — to expand health care for children from low-income families, Stark lectured Republicans:
“You don’t have money to fund the (Iraq) 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.”
Republicans exploded. Within minutes of Stark’s speech, they demanded an apology and a declaration that the congressman’s speech be deemed inappropriate.
That request was promptly rejected by Democrats who control the chamber.
Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the second-ranking Republican in the House, said Stark’s comments “crossed all lines of decency and decorum” and said the Californian “ought to be ashamed.” [full text]
No, the real indecency is the notion that the Representative from California who spoke from the heart “ought to be ashamed” as opposed to the 154 Republican (and 2 Democratic) Representatives, including Mr. Blunt, who ensured that millions of American children will remain uninsured for the foreseeable future and, in so doing, showed little heart. Blunt and his fellow naysayers ought to shut up and take their medicineâ€”even while others unnecessarily go without.