- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 6, 2007

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble: President Bush, for vetoing the State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP) bill.

The SCHIP legislation that landed on the president’s desk was a colossally bad idea. The program is intended to help poor children — children whose families don’t qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford private health care. But the $35 billion expansion that Congress passed would have qualifed “children” up to 25 years old and households with incomes of up to $82,000. Furthermore, as Mr. Bush noted, “If this bill were enacted, one out of every three children moving onto government coverage would be moving from private coverage.”

The Democrats, in typical fashion, are relying on demagoguery and mudslinging. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada called the veto “heartless” and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland called it “a stunning lack of compassion.”

For making the right choice and voting down SCHIP, President Bush is the Noble of the week.

Knave: Ted Turner, the media mogul who suffers from chronic foot-in-mouth disease.

Mr. Turner made waves this week in an interview for the October issue of GQ Magazine. When questioned about his travels to North Korea, he said: “There weren’t a lot of fat people walking around. They were all thin. And being thin is healthier than being fat.” In an interview with Wolf Blitzer last year, he made a similar remark and suggested it was because they all rode bicycles; Mr. Blitzer was kind enough to remind him of the rampant starvation throughout the country.

He also said that the “inherent stresses on the environment” from a growing world population is “the root cause of the continuing conflict in Gaza, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq”; criticized democracy; referred to Sen. James Inhofe as an “idiot”; and dismissed the idea that al Qaeda, North Korea or Iran pose any threats to our nation. In fact, he is “much more worried about our nuclear arsenal than theirs.”

It’s surprising that Mr. Turner didn’t learn his lesson from the last time he made moronic statements about the thinness of North Koreans. Instead of taking his publicist’s advice and avoiding controversial topics, Mr. Turner berated her — in a manner not suitable to reprint in a family newspaper.

For his ridiculous claims and the mistreatment of his publicist, Ted Turner is the Knave of the week.


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