(SJ Mercury reprinting article from the Washington Post)

The debate in Congress about children's health insurance was surprisingly bloodless, with only an occasional charge of "socialized medicine" from Republicans or "heartlessness" from Democrats.

Then Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, grumbled at Republicans: "You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."

Clips instantly hit YouTube*, and GOP reaction was furious. The National Republican Congressional Committee called it "an outrageous and delusional tantrum."

Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, declared that Stark "dishonors not only the commander in chief, but the thousands of courageous men and women of America's armed forces." He called on Stark to apologize.

The 18-term congressman, however, responded only by calling those who voted to deny children health care "chicken hawks."


*The Youtube video: