“This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base.” —Presidential candidate George W. Bush, Oct. 19, 2000
Ding ding ding. You never were his base. And he continues to prove it, along with his Congressional soulmates.
Although human needs funding often seems as sexy as, say, your local library’s reference shelves, fewer issues take the pulse of our national spiritual health any better. The Coalition for Human Needs has a handy summary of what’s at stake in congress’ eventual attempt to override President Bush’s promised veto of the funding Congress passed.
Congress appears to be operating with a moral concussion; Bush & minions appear morally comatose. After all, what kind of person would vote to cut Low Income Home Energy Assistance as energy prices are skyrocketing? In New York, that would be Reps. Fossella, King, and Kuhl. Rep. Reynolds originally votred NAY in July, but changed his mind in the recent vote.
The vote was 274 to 141, just three shy of being able to override the veto. Seventeen Reps. didn’t vote. Here’s the table: