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The Eyes Have It: Bush comes out for vision


A little double entendre here. The vision thing at issue with President Bush is eyes, not policy.

Your blogger celebrated ``Save Your Vision Week'' early, with a visit to the opthalmologist this morning.



Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 28, 2006


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Many Americans suffer from diseases and disorders of the eye that can affect their vision and quality of life. During Save Your Vision Week, we highlight how basic eye care and protection can help citizens maintain and enjoy healthy eyesight.

An important part of ensuring physical well-being includes making healthy choices and adopting habits that can prevent disease and injury. Many of the problems that lead to blindness each year can be avoided with simple steps to protect the eyes, such as wearing sunglasses and using protective eyewear while working in hazardous environments or participating in sports.

Because the first noticeable symptom of many eye diseases is often vision loss, early detection is vital. As a result of the Medicare Modernization Act, diabetes screenings and glaucoma tests for eligible beneficiaries are now covered by Medicare as a part of an initial physical exam for new Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare also covers glaucoma screenings for beneficiaries with diabetes who are at high risk or have a family history of the disease. I encourage America's seniors to act to preserve their vision by taking advantage of this health care benefit. And I urge all Americans to have regular eye examinations as part of their health care routines.

By raising awareness about the importance of preventing eye problems and the measures citizens can take to protect their vision and by providing greater access for the detection and treatment of eye diseases, we can continue to work toward a healthier Nation where more Americans enjoy the gift of healthy vision.

The Congress, by joint resolution approved December 30, 1963, as amended (77 Stat. 629; 36 U.S.C. 138), has authorized and requested the President to proclaim the first week in March of each year as "Save Your Vision Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 5 through March 11, 2006, as Save Your Vision Week. I encourage all Americans to make eye care and eye safety an important part of their lives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.


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"The port process is clearly flawed"!

The "process" was developed by congress, and everything they develop has been flawed and eventually bites us in the butt!....

Remember Campaign Financing and the open back open door for billions, remember the Patriot Act that after unanimously being passed, was vehemently denounced, remember the Lieberman Homeland Security Bill insisting FEMA be included and a bigger bureaucracy would solve all problems, remember Leave No Child Behind, a non-partisan bill initiated by Bush and highly endorsed by Kennedy...criticism galore now, remember the recent "declaration of war"...ah, I didn't really mean "force"......

Congress has continued for decades writing FLAWED BILLS; then points fingers at everyone else for their mistakes and everytime they "FIX" A PROBLEM, IT ONLY BECOMES WORSE.

Once they get their hands on the port problems, the restrictions and legislation will be unbelievable, and whatever allies we had in the war on terror, will quickly disappear. What a way to win the hearts and minds of our friends and allies....

Who do they have in mind to replace China and all other foreigners running our ports? There are no U.S. companies. Will they enforce the same new regulations on China and others or will it be double standards only against our Middle East "friends"?

Did you really get your eyes checked? Your vision on your columns is certainly 20/20.

yes, i really got my eyes checked.
but the real issue now is something else...i've got a heck of a toothache.


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