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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“Ok. I promise. This is the last day on the sad, pitiful Schiavo case unless something really interesting happens. I apologize for dwelling on it so much, but this turning a personal family tragedy into a public political media circus really, really pisses me off.”

Jeb Bush and Florida’s social services agency filed a petition in state court to take custody of Schiavo and, presumably, reconnect her feeding tube. It cites new allegations of neglect and challenges Schiavo’s diagnosis as being in a persistent vegetative state. The request is based on the opinion of a neurologist working for the state who observed Schiavo at her bedside but did not conduct an examination of her.
-MSNBC, March 23, 2005

“Ah yes.. Jeb has tried to make her a ward of the state based on the diagnosis of someone who has never examined her. Fabulous. At the same time this is happening, in case you have forgotten, millions of children in the United States are currently completely uninsured, with large portions of them living below the poverty line. This at a time when Congress just made it more difficult to declare bankruptcy, which has as one of its primary causes medical emergencies within the family. Oh, and they are slashing Medicaid, the program which would fund things like medical care for cases like Terri’s. But other than that everything is just peachy. Bush, Bush, Delay and Frist are all fighting the good fight for what they feel is right… in this one, isolated case.”

"And, although Frist writes frequently about the ethical issues surrounding transplants--for example, the question of when death begins--he approaches these issues in starkly scientific terms, with little patience for religious objections.

Near the end of the book, for example, Frist suggests changing the legal definition of 'brain death' to include anencephalic babies, who are born with a fatal neurological disorder but show just the slightest hint of brain-stem activity. Such a change would make it possible to harvest their organs for transplant--something the Catholic Church and pro-life groups oppose. 'Three thousand anencephalic babies were born a year, enough to solve our demand many times over--but we never used them.'”
-New Republic, January 27, 2003

“Of course Terri’s condition is pretty much identical to the anencephalic condition. Political? Nah, why do you ask? It does seem that this is throwing a little stress into the conservative bonding experience.”

“This is a clash between the social conservatives and the process conservatives, and I would count myself a process conservative. When a case like this has been heard by 19 judges in six courts and it's been appealed to the Supreme Court three times, the process has worked -- even if it hasn't given the result that the social conservatives want. For Congress to step in really is a violation of federalism."
-David Davenport, of the Hoover Institute (a conservative think tank), on the Schiavo case, March, 2005


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