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December 14, 2007


Dave Helfert

I accept your gracious apology. And in the spirit of the holidays and the continuing discussions about political message:

How the Grinch Stole S-CHIP

Everyone in the country liked S-CHIP a lot…
But the Grinch, who lived in the White House, did not!
The Grinch had decided — for that’s what he does—
insurance for children was wasteful because
it took federal dollars that were needed, in fact,
for missiles and bombers and war in Iraq.

Non-defense spending made him edgy and mad.
But bleeding heart giveaways? Especially bad!
The Grinch hated S-CHIP! “Bah! Humbug!,” he snarled.
“A few coughs and sneezes aren’t the end of the world.”
Each time Congress passed it, he’d take out his pen
And scrawl VETO!! across it again and again.

“S-CHIP is for losers and slackers and such.
These toddlers and infants are asking too much.”
He’d made a decision— for that’s what he does—
sacrifice was needed! It’s called for because,
we can’t let the measles or chickenpox or pain
slow corporate expansion and capital gain.

Now, please don't ask how. No one understands why
such a privileged beginning; such a self-centered guy.
It could be that his head wasn't screwed on quite right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May be his compassion was two sizes too small.

Dave Helfert

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