Doesn’t it warm your heart that part of Obama’s economic “stimulus” package includes $75 million for smoking cessation research?

I’m still looking to see how much is being given to fund CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH.

So while we have thousands of children suffering through painful and grueling treatment for cancer, we are spending tax money on things such as:

$75 million for smoking cessation research

Amtrak gets $1 billion (Amtrak hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years!)

$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

$650 million (in addition to the billions already doled out) for digital TV conversion coupons.

$600 million for the federal government to BUY NEW CARS!

$7 BILLION to “modernize” federal buildings and facilities.

$150 for the Smithsonian. I’m wondering how that will stimulate the economy?

I think President Obama and every single United States Senator and Representative should be required to spend a day with a child who is battling childhood cancer.

There’s Lily - who two month ago was running and playing with her friends. Then she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on December 1, 2008. Now she spends her days going to physical thereapy because she has trouble walking - will likely need leg braces soon. She can’t run or skip - not because she doesn’t want to. She is physically unable to.

She actually is cancer-free right now. However, in order to KEEP her cancer-free, she must continue to endure chemotherapy for more than two more years. And the poisonous chemotherapy is what is causing these horrible side effects. We are POISONING our children because we HAVE to in order to give them a chance at living. There has to be a more humane way to successfully treat cancer in children.

These are our CHILDREN. Our FUTURE. They never smoked a cigarette. They don’t want a new car. They could care less if our federal buildings are “modernized.” All they want is to be able to live a “normal” life - to go to school, to be with their friends, to ride a bike, to run and skip. It is a national disgrace that we are not POURING federal funds into finding a cure for childhood cancers.

It’s true that you can tell a lot about a civilization by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. And our federal government is abysmally failing the test of being “civilized.”

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6 Responses to “Skewed Priorities: Smoking Cessation Research to get $75 million”

  1. Roger Putnam Says:

    Amen! We should be putting our children FIRST. Instead we bail out organizations that have demonstrated an inability to manage their own finances.

  2. emily Says:

    i volunteer at a childrens hospital and it is so sad…the children are trying so hard and they go through alot. it makes me mad that more isnt done to help them. most kids don’t die from cancer but from the chemo.

  3. coldheart Says:

    cancer is sad but it doesnt happen to that many children

  4. carol Says:

    coldheart, you are right. Statistically speaking, it doesn’t happen to that many children. However, let one of those be YOUR child, and suddenly you’ll see that even one child suffering is one too many. You just have no idea the horror or chemotherapy on children. It’s not just one child, though. Every school day there is an average of 46 children diagnosed with cancer. That’s two classrooms’ full of children. It is totally unacceptable.

  5. HOT HEAD Says:

    Hey Coldheart, If that is the brightest and most wizest comment you have to offer to the families of these children, do us a favor. “KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF”, we sure would appreciate it. Someone that would write a comment like that sure needs all the help and prayers they can get. GOD BLESS the Babies

  6. The Median Sib » Blog Archive » The “Stimulus Package” is stupid Says:

    [...] managed the money they already have with even a smidgeon of common sense and integrity. I’ve already written about other wastes. This “stimulus package” is the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen. Money for honey [...]

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