Moving along, Mother Jones has a rather lengthy list of the ways all that compassion dings the poor and middle class. You can read the whole thing for yourself, but here's a sample.
1 in 4 U.S. jobs pay less than a poverty-level income.And the item I found absolutely horrifying was this one:
During the 1980s, 13% of Americans age 40 to 50 spent at least one year below the poverty line; by the 1990s, 36% did.
Bush’s tax cuts (extended until 2010) save those earning between $20,000 and $30,000 an average of $10 a year, while those earning $1 million are saved $42,700.
Bush has proposed cutting housing programs for low-income people with disabilities by 50%.
83% of those earning $75,000 or more work for companies that offer insurance, versus 24% of those who earn less than $25,000.
2 in 5 elderly live on less than $18,000 a year, including Social Security benefits.
Since 1983, college tuition has risen 115%. The maximum Pell Grant for low- and moderate-income college students has risen only 19%.
Credit card late fees are 194% higher than in 1994.
Last fall, Minnesota firefighters let an elderly man’s mobile home burn down because he hadn’t paid a $25 “fire fee.”Why is that allowed to happen in a country as rich as ours? Is that how a "compassionate" country treats their elderly?
Reading through that list again, I find myself shaking my head and asking is that how a "compassionate" country treats their poor, their uninsured, their students, and the people who work hard to provide for their families?
It's time for the Democrats to step up and redefine "compassion." The Republicans have corrupted and twisted the term to exclude the majority of us. They don't even respect our troops serving our country, as witnessed by their unwillingness to give them more time at home with their families between tours of duty. In fact, they don't even respect our troops after they serve. The Bush administration said it will resist restoring full educational benefits for returning veterans.
Some compassion, eh? You have to be a corporate crony if you expect to get any compassion from the Bush bunch.