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Political Cannon Fodder and a Kid
By: Kaiox  |  October 23, 2007

So a couple days back, I was reading a political blog that I read from time to time. Some of you may have heard of it. Its called the Daily Kos, and I came across this one story about a 12 year old kid who got on the Democratic Radio Station and spoke a segment directed to George Bush about SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) and the funding of.

A copy is found below.

"Hi, my name is Graeme Frost. I'm 12 years old and I live in Baltimore, Maryland. Most kids my age probably haven't heard of CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program. But I know all about it, because if it weren't for CHIP, I might not be here today.

"CHIP is a law the government made to help families like mine afford healthcare for their kids. Three years ago, my family was in a really bad car accident. My younger sister Gemma and I were both hurt. I was in a coma for a week and couldn't eat or stand up or even talk at first. My sister was even worse. I was in the hospital for five-and-a-half months and I needed a big surgery. For a long time after that, I had to go to physical therapy after school to get stronger. But even though I was hurt badly, I was really lucky. My sister and I both were.

"My parents work really hard and always make sure my sister and I have everything we need, but the hospital bills were huge. We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program.

"But there are millions of kids out there who don't have CHIP, and they wouldn't get the care that my sister and I did if they got hurt. Their parents might have to sell their cars or their houses, or they might not be able to pay for hospital bills at all.

"Now I'm back to school. One of my vocal chords is paralyzed so I don't talk the same way I used to. And I can't walk or run as fast as I did. The doctors say I can't play football any more, but I might still be able to be a coach. I'm just happy to be back with my friends.

"I don't know why President Bush wants to stop kids who really need help from getting CHIP. All I know is I have some really good doctors. They took great care of me when I was sick, and I'm glad I could see them because of the Children's Health Program.

"I just hope the President will listen to my story and help other kids to be as lucky as me. This is Graeme Frost, and this has been the Weekly Democratic Radio address. Thanks for listening."

See? Its honest and its already far more mature than many more adults I've seen in my life. If you are a lazy son of a bitch and just skipped over it, essentially, a kid gets injured in an accident, and his family got some help with the ordeal from an organization called SCHIP. The kid finds his way on a radio show, broadcasts a message encouraging Bush to increase funding to this organization so that other kids who were and are in his situation, or worse off, could get the same help he did.

There is nothing wrong with that. Its entirely reasonable. Its what happened next that currently is the subject of this rant.

This kid, who did nothing wrong, suddenly gets thrust into a political feud between the parties in the House and Senate. Republicans say that dems are using the poor kid as political cannon fodder and that the Dems should be ashamed of themselves by doing this, Democrats say that Republicans are just attacking the kid for no good reason and that Republicans are using a smear campaign against a poor boy.

And then there are critics who are "carefully scrutinizing" they Frost Family's income information and then saying that fuck them, they never needed the help and hey, fuck you kid, fuck your family, you and your family were just mooching off of government hand outs and being total dipshits.


Honestly, what the hell is up with you people? The kid asked a valid question to help fund an organization that assists people who need the help.

He asked this on behalf of OTHER kids. Graeme Frost had the basic humanity to ask someone to help others.

His family's income, his parent's businesses, the home they live in, the school he goes to, or whatever else there is, has absolutely nothing to do with the request he laid out for everyone to hear. So what if his family did or didn't "deserve" SCHIP's help? I am quite sure that there are others in this country who need help. Frost's message was on behalf of the people who are in even worse conditions, not himself, but people like himself.

So before you bloggers/politicians/reporters/directers/shitheads say any more about this kid, why don't you listen to what the poor guy said rather than just lambast him and his family? Or do you not have the balls to face that there is a kid out there who asked a legitimate question?

I'm guessing its the second, and I'm not suprised, 90% of the people in the world are like that too.

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