Now, as is the way of such things, in a few days, the Good Puppy Press will get bored with reporting this, and the states that give a rat's ass about their citizens will step in and do what BushCo hoped they would do all along - take on the burden at a state level to free up more federal money for giving away to their rich friends. That is the MO of this administration - take the money and run.
If we took foreign and defense policy out of the picture entirely, what's Bush's worst domestic policy initiative? The tax cuts were a disaster, the faith-based initiative was outrageous, No Child Left Behind ended up flopping, and there is no coherent energy policy to speak of. But for my money, Bush's Medicare scheme tops 'em all.
The program was passed in 2003 under unusual circumstances that included bribes on the House floor. Before lawmakers agreed to the plan, the administration went to great lengths to deceive Congress about the cost estimates for the plan. Once it became law, and seniors started to learn about the new program, everyone was completely confused and couldn't figure out what to do.
That was then. About two weeks ago, on Jan. 1, the Medicare prescription drug benefit took effect. That's when the real problems started.
Until there is a new government in DC, there is no true remedy for this utter fuck-up. My only consolation is this: That some of the people who will die or end up with terrible complications voted for Bush and the Republicans. Now they get to experience what they thought they wanted. Yes, Democrats and non-voters are going to die, too, but the utter ethical zeros who trotted out to the polls to vote for the giggling murderer are now going to get murdered by their precious leader.
I want each and every Bush voter on Medicare to suffer terribly, lose all of their life savings, beggar their families, and die anyway. That is exactly what you voted for and it is right that you should pay the ultimate price. You'll keep making excuses, but a good number of you will be dead come next election time. Since you tend to live in states with wretched social services, the more your region voted Bush, the more likely you are to die. You don't even have the excuse that you voted against it; you brought it on yourself.
No, I really have no symapthy for anyone who voted for Bush and who is physically or economically suffering due to Bush policies. YOU ASKED FOR IT.
BushCo has fought hard to pass legislation that puts your physical survival in peril. I think it's a wake up call to vote in your rational self-interest next time. Assuming you're around, of course.