Lost Money and SCHIP

Earlier this year, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee received details of shipments in 2003 from the United States to Iraq of $12 billion in shrink wrapped $100 bills which was handed out without any record of disbursement.  Who received it?  How much?  No one seems to know.

As The Guardian reported, “In the year after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 nearly 281 million notes, weighing 363 tonnes, were sent from New York to Baghdad for disbursement to Iraqi ministries and US contractors. Using C-130 planes, the deliveries took place once or twice a month with the biggest of $2,401,600,000 on June 22 2004, six days before the handover.”If this is mind boggling to you, it also was to Henry Waxman (D-CA), chair of the committee who said, “

Who in their right mind would send 363 tonnes of cash into a war zone?”   The operative phrase is in their right mind.  President Bush vetoed an extension of SCHIP, a successful program that offers health care to children of struggling families who can’t afford it.  Courtesy of pensitoreview.com, here’s a chart that shows the “mind” of George Bush and his Republican enablers.

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The Bush administration doesn’t seem to care what happened to $12 BILLION in Iraq.  Well we all should care and demand accountability because that money could have provided health care coverage for over 10 million children, some of whom may die because they have none.

One thing’s for sure, I know the answer to Henry Waxman’s question.  Republicans like to borrow, plunder, waste other people’s money and then blame Democrats.

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