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09/25/2007 01:14 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sad But True Dept.: Plenty of Money for Blackwater But Not For Seniors, Uninsured Kids

OK, let me get this straight.

"We" have an Administration that lets Blackwater USA, a GOP-linked private contractor with apparently thuggish tendencies, draw Billions out of the U.S. Treasury to provide protection for American diplomats and civilians- most of whom would not have been there if we didn't invade the nation that attacked us on 9/11 and didn't have WMD.

And, some would charge, kicks the shit (or worse) of Iraqis who do barely more than give them a dirty look.

At the same time, "we" have an Administration headed by a President who is threatening to:

Make cuts to Social Security in the name of financial prudence.
Veto a bill that would fund health insurance for as many as 10 million uninsured kids by raising taxes on tobacco.

Almost beyond belief but tell that to Daniel E. Smith, vice president of the American Cancer Society. Yesterday Smith said: "The choice is simple: Are you for kids? Are you for tobacco companies? Mr. President and Congress, we hope you side with the kids."

Well, for all his talk about "family values," Bush seems to care more about supporting well-connected private contractors in Iraq rather than making lives better for millions of our most vulnerable citizens.

Vulnerable citizens, young and old.