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Old September 13th, 2006, 11:14 PM  
kolte
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Default Re: The war in Iraq(debate)

The War in Iraq was a grave mistake. Homeland security is in ruins. You see, what our republican majority of congress has allowed the Bush Administration to do, is utterly destroy our country’s national security. Even Newt Gingrich, one of the fathers of the modern day Republican Party, has lost faith in the Bush administration. In reference to the Republican Party he as said and I quote.

“They are seen by the country as being in charge of a government that can't function…."

- Newt Gingrich

“He cited a series of blunders under Republican Rule, from failures in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to mismanagement of the War in Iraq. He… said the government has squandered billions of dollars in Iraq. He noted that a Congressional Watchdog agency recently smuggled a truck carrying nuclear material into the country to test security. ‘Why isn’t the president pounding on the table? Why isn’t he sending up 16 reform bills?”

- Knight Ridder Newspapers

I mean, just consider the following:

Osama bin Laden is still at large

Afghanistan is still insecure

Iraq is still violent

North Korea and Iran arestill building nuclearweapons and missile

Terrorist recruiting is still occurring in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and across the planet.

Only 6% of all cargo ships coming in and out of the United States are inspected!



And hey, forget Iraq, what about America. Let’s see some of George Bushes budgeting at work.

Helping Citizens with Job Training

Iraq:
$60 million for demobilizing and job
training for 130,000 enemy combatants.
$353 million for American-Iraqi Enterprise
Fund and job training

America:
23.8 percent cut ($316 million) in
vocational education, despite President’s
promise to create “Jobs for the 21st
Century” program
$151 million cut in adult training,
dislocated worker activities, employment
service state grants, and grants to states for
reemployment services

Providing Access to Higher Education

Iraq:
$20 million for Higher Education and
Development (HEAD) projects, creating
US-IraqiUniversity partnerships to expand
access to higher education for all Iraqis

America:
60.3 percent cut ($101 million) for
Perkins Loans, and $327 million cut in
Pell Grants, closing the door to higher
education opportunities for millions of
lower income students

Expanding Literacy

Iraq:
$40 million for building 275 schools and
training 10,000 teachers

America:
$8 million cut for reading programs from
Department of Education

Providing Children with Basic Skills

Iraq:
USAID Accelerated Learning Program
provides intensive personal education to
low income and at risk Iraqi children

America:
2.5 percent ($177 million) funding for
Head Start by 2006, even though head Start
currently can only serve 13.5 % of eligible
children because of funding restrictions
http://democraticleader.house.gov/30something/posters/emanuel.pdf


Has this administration forgotten about us? I mean, really. Has it?

Let’s look at some good things we have done in Iraq!

$850 million for rebuilding hospitals and
150 clinics; replacement of medical
equipment; and providing basic health
care to more than half Iraq’s population
$3.557 billion for water and sewage
services repair and improvement
$153 million for solid waste management
$775 million for water resources
improvement
$875 million for irrigation and wetlands
restoration
$2.83 billion for safe drinking water
programs
$470 million for the construction of
housing and public buildings for Iraqi
citizens


Let’s look at some…….things we have done in America!

8.5 percent cut over five years to Veterans
Administration health care services, forcing
likely cuts in medical services and possible
VA hospital closures
36.7 percent cut ($500 million) to Clean
Water State Revolving Funds, which
provides loans for improving wastewater
treatment facilities
14.7 percent cut ($23.9 billion) from 2005
to 2009 in all discretionary funding for
environmental protection programs
Elimination of HOPE VI Program
$28 million cut in public housing
maintenance
$791 million cut in Section 8 Vouchers,
forcing 250,000 families from private
housing back into public housing or
homelessness
http://democraticleader.house.gov/30something/posters/emanuel2.pdf

I really must say I’m not impressed.


Our priorities should be:

Implementing the 9/11 Commission recommendations
Raising the minimum wage
Lowering prescription drug costs for seniors
Increasing Pell Grants
Rolling back subsidies for Big Oil
PayGo
Comprehensive immigration reform


And what about our economy? I mean, helping homeland security actually has the potential to help the American economy! We spend about 8 billion dollars a MONTH on the war in Iraq. Imagine if we turned that money to America! Strengthen our borders. Improving our education! Healthcare! Pell Grants! Raise Minimum wage! Buy equipment to inspect cargo ships. Create tons of new jobs with all these improvements.

WE ARE IN DEBT. We keep borrowing money, and in the last 4 years have borrowed over a trillion dollars from foreign countries! That’s crazy. We owe Japan 682 billion dollars. We owe China 249 billion dollars. We owe the UK 223 billion dollars. We owe Caribbean 115 billion dollars! We owe Taiwan 71 billion dollars. OPEC – 67 billion. Germany – 65 Billion. Korea – 66 billion. Canada – 53 billion.
http://democraticleader.house.gov/30something/posters/foreignmap.pdf

We keep digging deeper and deeper into a deficit! http://democraticleader.house.gov/30something/posters/budgetpicture.pdf
http://democraticleader.house.gov/30something/posters/BUDGET%20DEFICITS%20CHART%2011%2014%2005.pdf

HEY. You are going around preaching about *ignorant fools and there information* I say unto you! LOOK AT THIS INFORMATION. We as Americans have an obligation to do something about this. Become an activist. Get something done. SUPPORT YOUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY. The republicans have shown time and time again…that they cannot run this country. The Democratic Party has plans. They have bills. They have a future for this country. The Republicans don’t. George Bush and the Republican majority have NOT even tried to implement the 9/11 commissions ideas. They have failed you, and they have failed the world. BOO.


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