by Max Brantley
Bush's airy dismissal of sick kids in his veto of child health insurance prompts Paul Krugman to review a recurring theme in Republican pronouncements on the poor and unfortunate.He concludes after examples from the Reagan-Bush-Limbaugh-Kristol repertoire:
What’s happening, presumably, is that modern movement conservatism attracts a certain personality type. If you identify with the downtrodden, even a little, you don’t belong. If you think ridicule is an appropriate response to other peoples’ woes, you fit right in.
And Republican disillusionment with Mr. Bush does not appear to signal any change in that regard. On the contrary, the leading candidates for the Republican nomination have gone out of their way to condemn “socialism,” which is G.O.P.-speak for any attempt to help the less fortunate.
So once again, if you’re poor or you’re sick or you don’t have health insurance, remember this: these people think your problems are funny.