There’s this kid, Graham Frost, and he was in a car accident a few months ago and was in a coma for quite some time. When a bipartisan group of senators decided that it’d be a good idea to give health care to every child in the country, he spoke up and said that the only reason he was alive was because of the CHIP program, which provided health insurance to every kid in his state. The Democrats had him deliver the official response to the President’s radio address. Pandering? Sure. But you gotta admit it was very poignant pandering. The President gets up there, says “you don’t need this, heh heh heh,” and he’s followed by a child’s voice saying “the only reason I’m here is because of a similar program.” Pwned, Dubya. Pwned.
So, what did the right wing noise machine do? Why, they attack him, of course. They published his address online. They released personal information about his family, claiming that they were rich and lazy and leeching off of your tax dollars and didn’t need any help from the CHIP program, and called him a liar. He has recieved death threats. He’s twelve years old.
That’s his radio address. Reeeeeal subversive stuff, kid.
Michelle Malkin described him as the son of an executive vice-president. Yeah, Michelle. He’s the son of an executive vice-president who’s family income is still only $45,000 a year. In other words, they’re not poor, but they can’t afford health insurance. You know why they can’t afford health insurance? Because health insurance is ridiculously, unnecessarily expensive on account of deregulation. Thanks, Reaganomics.
So Graham Frost and his now brain-damaged sister go to a private school, but they do so on a scholarship, and there are lots of poorer kids who go to private schools. Parochial schools, for example, like Catholic schools, count as private schools. I went to a Catholic school for third grade, and my parents were no one’s idea of “rich.” We weren’t poor growing up, we were solidly middle class, belonging to the same tax bracket as most of the pissed off white people that make up the right wing radio/blog audience in this country.
If that audience would sit and think for five seconds, they’d realize that, hey, maybe attacking this kid by saying his parents are rich and lazy isn’t such a good idea, because if their kids got into a car crash, they’d be screwed too. If they sat and thought for ten seconds, they might realize that this economically tentative situation could not be blamed on Barbara Streissand or Michael Moore or Hillary Clinton. Fifteen seconds of good solid thinkin’ might lead ’em to think that just maaaybe Michelle Malkin and her ilk just might be full of it.