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    Looks like the smirking dickface is at it again; now he wants the poor to freeze to death.
    Bush veto hits heating bill aid program for poor

    By Tom Doggett Tue Nov 13, 4:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Low-income U.S. families planning to rely on a federal program to help pay expensive heating bills this winter are in jeopardy after President George W. Bush on Tuesday vetoed spending legislation that would have provided the financial assistance.
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    Bush rejected the compromise appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which also contained $2.4 billion in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, commonly known as LIHEAP.

    Bush's veto puts "the health and well-being of millions of families at risk this winter," said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, chairman of a House Education and Labor subcommittee, which held a hearing on Tuesday on the LIHEAP program.

    "With energy costs consistently on the rise, more and more families must make the tough decision whether to heat their homes or put food on the table," McCarthy said. "We'll fight for the money."

    With prices forecast to be up for all heating fuels this winter, the poor will need LIHEAP assistance more than ever.

    The Energy Department forecasts that households that use heating oil will spend an average 26 percent or $375 more this winter compared to last winter, with costs for propane expected to be 20 percent or $273 higher, natural gas up 11 percent or $87 and electricity 3 percent or $22 more expensive.

    Low-income families spend on average about 15 percent of their income on home energy bills, compared to 3.4 percent for all other households, said Mark Wolfe, who heads a group representing state energy directors.

    "If energy prices increase at a faster rate or we have a colder winter than projected, then without an additional increase in federal funding, the purchasing power of LIHEAP will be dramatically diminished," he told lawmakers.

    The bill that Bush vetoed would have boosted the LIHEAP budget by about $250 million. Even with the additional funds, the program would have had enough money to cover only about 16 percent of the estimated 38 million poor households eligible for help.

    Wolfe said LIHEAP's budget, which also covers summer cooling bills, should almost be doubled to $5.1 billion a year to keep up with inflation in energy prices and to help more people.

    David Manning, speaking on behalf of the American Gas Association, also called for Congress to increase the LIHEAP budget, despite the Bush administration's opposition.

    "We believe it is absolutely essential to increase our nation's home energy commitment to America's most vulnerable citizens," Manning said.

    For his part, Bush justified his veto of the spending bill that would have funded LIHEAP, telling a crowd in New Albany, Indiana on Tuesday that the legislation was $10 billion over budget and paid for wasteful projects like a prison museum and a sailing school taught aboard a catamaran.

    "Congress needs to cut out that pork, reduce the spending and send me a responsible measure that I can sign into law," Bush said.

    In the same speech a few moments later, Bush also expressed his concern about high energy prices.
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    How about spending some of that 200 fucking billion MORE you want for your stupid pointless wars?

    Will someone PLEASE put this asshat out of his misery
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    I've said it before, I'll say it again:

    Assassination plot, anyone?

    ...Wait, who's knocking at my door...

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    I guess that's more proof of his "compassionate conservatism" BS.

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    I. Hate. This. Bitch.
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    I don't even get shocked with Bush's crap anymore. And the fact that I'm not shocked is what pisses me off.

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    No heat, no health care, no welfare, no unemployment benefits. Sounds like he'll get rid of those pesky bottom dwellers in no time.
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    I think this piece of crap of a president does not belong to the human race. This guy should wear a red suit and cape and have horns on his head. I have never seen anyone in the position of US president as this one who hasn't a decent bone in his body. Bush is just plain evil and a disgusting lowlife. What a big shame for this country. Such a pity.

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    What's worse is nobody is doing anything about it.

    Not congress, not the population.

    nobody.
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    If there was something more I could do I would. I cuss this retard daily and wish evil things to happen to his worthless ass.
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    when people die from the cold this winter, i hope someone has their ashes spread over the white house. maybe over the beloved Rose Garden
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    Not surprised. I've accepted that no matter what the issue is, Bush will go for the most reprehensible, stupid and heartless decision by default.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I don't even get shocked with Bush's crap anymore. And the fact that I'm not shocked is what pisses me off.
    I'm still shocked an appalled at the sher nastiness of the decision.

    It is an awful society we have when we can't help out our most vulnerable.

    The awful winters you guys get it just makes me cry.

    At least in our country our poor get pensions and discounts on their pwoer and phone bills.

    It makes me so mad that their is money for the military and not for other things. (Even though the military are fabulous and do a wonderful job where they selflessly put their loves at risk.)

    I hope president shrub goes down in history as a president that lacked compassion.

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    Thanks, Bush... You really know how to show compassion for your people.

    Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    What's worse is nobody is doing anything about it.

    Not congress, not the population.

    nobody.
    The way I see it is, people are angry and very unhappy with Bush and his cronies. But since our congress and government are'nt taking action, then people feel hopeless and become inactive. I think that's what Bush was talking about with the whole "trickle-down" thing.

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