Pete Stark Blasts Bush on Lack of Funding for Health Insurance for Children: Soldier’s Heads Blown Off for President’s Amusement

Representative Stark on funding for children’s health insurance.

Partial transcript: “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.”

FLASHBACK — MAY 08 2003: Stark’s constituent Daniel Dow gets a response on his answering machine: “Why you think you’re such a G#&-damn hero,” in response to Dow’s fax to Stark that urged Stark “to stop your contemptuous display of bitter partisanship and your politicization of this War (sic) …”

Fortney Hillman “Pete” Stark, Jr. (born November 11, 1931) is an American politician from the state of California. A Democrat, he has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973, in three different districts (due to redistricting). Stark currently represents California’s 13th congressional district.

The 13th district takes in most of southwestern Alameda County, including Hayward, San Leandro and Fremont, as well as parts of Oakland and Pleasanton. Stark lives in Fremont.