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5th Anniversary of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq
by Peter Stern
Email: pstern (nospam) austin.rr.com
01 May 2008
Happy 5th Anniversary, America!
Today --- May 1, 2008 is the 5th anniversary of the day President George Walker Bush, televised from a U.S. Battleship, told the American people that we have completed our mission in Iraq.
Five years later there is one thing we do know for sure. We are still stuck in Iraq and will be for an undetermined length of time. Since that time another almost 2,000 Americans and Iraqis have died in Iraq. Many deaths were the "innocents" whose only fault was in living too close among the terrorist fighting population.
In addition, the U.S. economy has slipped and fallen into a deep foul-smelling bog, which seemingly is inescapable for most citizens.
We have watched as our leaders continued to cut taxes for the wealthy and increase an astronomical war debt in the middle east. The American dollar has plummeted in value, while silver, gold and platinum have skyrocketed.
During the past 8 years those wealthy individuals and corporate hierarchy close to the Bush administration have raked-in huge profits, but the financial straits of most citizens have dissolved into less earnings and ever-escalating costs of living expenses with increased debt.
Home foreclosures are at a record high in the U.S.
Unbelievably, the president still wants congress to turn-over BILLIONS more for the Iraq/Afghanistan wars and more BILLIONS to fight hunger around the world.
What's wrong with spending BILLIONS here in American first?
This is the legacy of the Bush administration. The last time Americans were that "strung-out" was 39 years ago.
In the U.S. today, families all over the nation are cutting steaks and other expensive foods from their diets in favor of less costly past, beans and rice staples. You can "bet the farm" that those in the Bush administration and those in our legislature ARE still eating steaks and other meats. Do you think they are aware of the plight of most Americans?
Around the nation gasoline at the pumps averages $3.50 per gallon and is rising.
Costs of living is rising as is food at markets.
Never, since the Great Depression have Americans been so economically abused and in need.
This is the legacy of the George Walker Bush administration.
Folks, we need to change it around. I'm the first to say I'm not in love with the Democratic Party, it's platform and it's candidates.
But to vote for John McCain is to ensure that the Bush administration's platform, politics, and economics will continue to flourish for the next 4 years. Most of us can NOT afford to vote for McCain and more oppression forced upon us by the current GOP.
While I'm not thrilled in considering a Democrat for the Presidency, I am pretty darn scared of voting in another Republican --- another George Bush "conservative" Republican.
In closing, the Iraq mission is far from completed. Instead of spending more BILLIONS overseas to increase the wealth of the special interest services, we need to turn our focus on our own people.
o We need quickly to rebuild our own infrastructures, create jobs and provide every American with a good job and food on the tables of families in need.
o We need to resolve the issues of high costs of living, costly energy from overseas, transportation nightmares without infinitely taxing the population via toll roads.
o We need to halt the endless corporate greed for infinite profiteering.
o Everyone can and should be rewarded for being Americans, not just the special interests.
o We need to add value to our dollar and you can't do that by endlessly increasing U.S. debt.
What the U.S. and its population need most is change from within, and we need to act quickly.
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