In One Eye

Monday, June 16, 2003
Three articles from today's Courant.

Gov. John G. Rowland and much of the General Assembly have decided to help balance the state's budget by [eliminating] the subsidized health insurance Connecticut has provided [to low-income residents] for about the last two years.

... [A]bout 19,000 low-income residents ... are scheduled to receive notices in the mail today informing them that as of July 1 they will no longer be eligible for health insurance under the HUSKY program.
Few communities in America are more dependent than Hartford on the earned income tax credit, which refunds a portion of taxes paid by low-income workers. But advocates ... say a new effort by the IRS to weed out fraud by forcing some taxpayers to satisfy a higher standard of proof of eligibility will prevent many honest low-income workers from receiving it.
Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York continues to act less like a spiritual and moral leader than like a lawyer tap-dancing his way around sex abuse scandals in his diocese.

Last week, his spokesman said that the names of priests fired for sexually molesting children would not be disclosed ...

The victims of abuse and their families should be excused if they believe that Cardinal Egan has no credibility and is primarily interested in self-preservation.
These disgusting stories show the utter callousness of government and spiritual leaders. The notion of providing for the general welfare is alien to those entities involved.

"... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it ..."