This could have gone in any of several forums, but since my basic aim here is to criticize GW, I'll put it into the politics forum. When Pres. Bush and the Republicans recently rushed to get the Terri Schiavo case into the federal courts, it raised several red-flag issue for me. The actions of the federal government were, in my opinion, a totally inappropriate and dangerous meddling in the court system of the state of Florida. Not only that, the actions of the President and the Congress has had the effect of another power grab for the fed and another erosion of state's rights. Is this now the wave of the future? Will every unpopular decision by a state court end up being usurped by political hacks? Texas has a law on the books called the "Futile Care" law. The law permits a hospital to stop care for patients who cannot pay for such care if the determination is made that there is no chance that the patient in question can recover from his maladies. Without going into excessive detail, there is a substantial protocol which must be satisfied, including a requirement that the hospital housing the patient must search for another hospital willing to accept him. I believe that it is a good law and that it was carefully written to safeguard indigent patients' rights. The article which follows documents a recent apprlicantion of the Texas Futile Care Law wherein a baby with extremely serious birth defects was taken off life support against the wishes of its mother who demanded care for the infant, but could not pay for such care. Personally, I agree with the decision and the law. If there is no hope of improvement, why should taxpayer money be spent on care that will ultimately prove not only worthless, but have the effect of simply prolonging suffering? But here's the kicker - guess which governor of Texas signed this bill into law. If you guessed that his initials were George W. Bush, you would be exactly correct. Now, how does Pres. Bush reconcile the Futile Care law on the one hand and the unwarranted interference in the court system in regard to the Schiavo case on the other hand?