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What do we have now? An anti-war movement that is so gutless and so savagely unimaginative that it has proved itself to be too lazy, even too cowardly, to face down the very disease of oligarchy that it had concocted itself to cure.It is a queer fact, indeed, that none of the most outspoken and anti-authoritarian radicals in this country are under 65 years old.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann is sounding the alarm to radio-show host/wingnut Sue Jeffers about the scary government-controlled future that will surely result if Barack Obama has his way with us -- starting with "mandatory" re-education camps for American children. And don't even get her started on SCHIP.

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One of the clearest signals President-elect Barack Obama has sent is his determination to learn from the Clinton years, and particularly from the former president's failures on health care.

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House Democrats managed to pick up a few more votes for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, but not enough to override the president's veto. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to keep fighting for the overwhelmingly popular program: "In the next two weeks we will send the president another bill that insures coverage for 10 million children."

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After the House failed to override Bush's veto of the SCHIP children's health care renewal bill on Thursday, Rep. Pete Stark berated the administration and the bill's opponents. In light of their attitude, he questioned whether the nation's kids would "grow old enough for you to send [them] to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."

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Oooh. He's clever. And obviously knows exactly what he's doing. This is all a setup, people. Has to be. Yes, I'm talking about George Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Who but a total stoned horned ogre would do that? Maybe an ogre with something up his sleeve, eh?

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Yeah, so it sounded like a great idea -- raise taxes on cigarettes in order to fund children's health care initiatives -- but apparently President Bush didn't think so, as he hit Congress' proposed SCHIP reauthorization bill with the veto stick on Wednesday. Thankfully, we have Jon Stewart to help us vent our collective frustration through the magic of satire.

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President Bush may not have done his party any favor in coming elections by exercising his veto privilege -- the fourth time he's done so -- to deep-six a bipartisan bill passed by Congress that would have renewed the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

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