Wankers Of The Month

4 comments October 9th, 2007at 07:01am Posted by Eli


This is sick. The right is going after the 12 year old who gave the Saturday Democratic address supporting the SCHIP program. Remember him?

Graeme and his 9-year-old sister, Gemma, were passengers in the family SUV in December 2004 when it hit a patch of black ice and slammed into a tree. Both were taken to a hospital with severe brain trauma. Graeme was in a coma for a week and still requires physical therapy.

Bonnie Frost works for a medical publishing firm; her husband, Halsey, is a woodworker. They are raising their four children on combined income of about $45,000 a year. Neither gets health insurance through work.

Having priced private insurance that would cost more than their mortgage – about $1,200 a month – they continue to rely on the government program. In Maryland, families that earn less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – about $60,000 for a family of four – are eligible.

Think Progress reports that the pathological rightwing freakshow has accused this family of being “rich” because Graham earns a scholarship to go to private school, and his sister goes to a special school paid for by the state because she was handicapped by the accident. Oh, and they have a house they bought years ago for 55,000 when the neighborhood was dicey. Apparently, they should be living in their car and the handicapped daughter should be selling pencils on the street corner. That’s the world these empty souls want to live in.

The right-wing immediately condemned Democrats for daring to put a human face on the SCHIP program at a time when Bush was proposing a “diminishment of the number of children covered.” Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) – who has posed with children to advance his own political agenda – claimed Graeme was being used “as a human shield.”

This from the people who had a party in the white house with “snowflake babies” to justify vetoing stem cell research, another cruel and hateful policy decision by the so-called compassionate conservatives of the Republican party.

Conservatives have more recently turned their targets on young Graeme Frost himself. A poster at the Free Republic propagated information alleging that Frost was actually a rich kid being pampered by the government. Among other bits of information, the post by the Freeper “icwhatudo” asserts that Graeme and his sister Gemma attend wealthy schools that cost “nearly $40,000 per year for tuition” and live in a well-off home.

The smear attack against Graeme has taken firm hold in the right-wing blogosphere. The National Review, Michelle Malkin, Wizbang, Powerline, and the Weekly Standard blog have all launched assaults on the Frost family. The story is slowly working its way into traditional media outlets as well.


Desperate to defend Bush’s decision to cut off millions of children from health care, the right wing has stooped to launching baseless and uninformed attacks against a 12 year old child and his family.

Right wing bloggers have been harassing the Frosts, calling their home numerous times to get information about their private lives. Compassionate conservatism indeed.

UPDATE: TP commenter Mr. Ed notes that Malkin visited the Frost’s home and business today. A coworker of Mr. Frost tells Malkin that the family is “struggling,” but she refuses to believe it.

UPDATE II: More from John Aravosis.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to call these people monsters.

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  • 1. Jenn  |  October 9th, 2007 at 10:26 am

    This angers me to a point I can’t even articulate.

    We have friends in the SCA whose son was diagnosed with cancer. They were on CHIP and those treatments would have not happened without it. They live in a nice house in Butler County and the kids are all attending public school. They are able to participate in SCA stuff because they made friends in the organization that has donated fabric and other things for their clothing and other paraphanalia. But, you know, they shouldn’t be doing anything but looking hollow-cheeked and suffering because they can’t afford private health care.

    Oh, and neither can the family of four that lives solely off of the husband’s lawyer salary of around $40,000/year. He gets no health care because he’s not a partner and has to slog through the BS in order to get there someday. Currently his wife and children go uncovered because they didn’t know about the CHIP program to be able to get coverage. So, they have dealt with serious illness by costing more health care dollars by going to the emergency room when the kids are so sick they have to.

    But, you know, the really poor families are the homeless ones…but this is the party of Regan, the man who once said that 300,000 people in America go to bed hungry each night – they’re all on diets. Compassionate conservatives my fat, white, fluffy arse.

    I’m more coherent when I’m not seething with rage. Hope this communicates well.

  • 2. Eli  |  October 9th, 2007 at 10:34 am

    It’s the Cadillac-driving welfare queens all over again. These people have no conscience, and no shame.

  • 3. bdr  |  October 9th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    What I said:


    Getting mad at assholes for being assholes is wasted wankery – and makes the assholes giggle.

    Get mad at the silent – and complicit – purported leaders of our side.

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