Thursday, May 22, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Cost of The War in Iraq

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Salute to our Fallen Heroes
2008 Memorial day, a day of remembrance for all our heroes who have served and paid the ultimate price for their country.

Common sense and Decency
When it comes to common sense and decency it seems to be lost on the Republicans. From John McCain to George Bush to the senate Republicans they seem to always be on the wrong side of an issue. They are seemingly mean spirited and devoid of compassion for the people they are supposed to represent, the American people. What are the issues that the Republicans seem out of touch with?
* Opposition to a 4 year College tuition for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. They are good enough to fight die and get wounded; and it is bad enough they don't get the care they need when they get home but to deny them a chance at the American dream for their service is shameful. We did it for WW11 vets and this war has now gone on longer than that war and the casualties continue mount, 4,500+.
* Republican opposition to government incentives for businesses to invest in alternative sources of energy.
* Republican support of unlimited access to American markets by Chinese drug makers without inspections, this borders on criminal.
* Republican support for Bush's lack of initiative on global climate change.

* Blocking any bill put forth by the Democrats and then ingenuously stating that the democrats haven't done anything.
* An irresponsible lack of fiscal responsibility.

* Support of a war that has obviously been mismanaged and is direction-less.
* A debt that grows more unmanageable daily.
* Bail-out of Bear Sterns stock holders

* Tax cuts for the rich and no health care for the children of the poor and lower middle class.

The list can go on and on. The Democrats are not without fault and need to answer to the American public for their lack of courage in the face of presidential vetos. Nancy Pelosi is ineffective and lacks the kidney to be a true leader and take the action required. That action is impeach Bush and Cheney for lying to the American public and congress and engaging in an illegal war.

Reinstate the military draft in America.
They Army is exhausted, American troops are on third and fourth deployments. We need fresh troops and it is time to institute a draft for men and women from 18 to 25. No college deferments everyone is eligible to go Democrat, Republican the rich and the poor, oops! The poor, they are already over there.

The veterans administration is not answering to the epidemic of Iraq veteran suicides.
A CBS News Investigation Uncovers A Suicide Rate For Veterans Twice That Of Other Americans

Iraq Veteran Suicides Pile Up

Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says (Update1)
When will the Bush administration take responsibility and support our wounded, in body and mind, veterans. They served valiantly and we as a nation have the obligation to treat and care for them when they come home.

GI Bill, Full tuition for Vets opposed by McCain and Bush and senate Republicans.
A bill passed by the house of representatives to increase the GI Bill and pay full tuition for Veterans who have served three years since 9/11 is opposed by Presidential Candidate John McCain and President George W. Bush along with a large group of Republicans in the senate. They argue that it might damage the military by encouraging some to leave to take advantage of the opportunity. This bill may also encourage young people with no money for college to serve in the military. If McCain and Bush are so worried why not reinstate the Draft. Problem solved, no college deferments, everyone serves.

In ancient Rome a senator named Cato following the second Punic War ended every speech, regardless of what it was about with, "Carthage must be destroyed" I will from now on end every posting with, impeach Bush and Cheney. Impeach Bush and cheney.

Salute to our fallen heroes.

Marine Lance Cpl. Casey L. Casanova 22, of McComb, Miss.; assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 2 in Karmah, Iraq, while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Cpl. Miguel A. Guzman, Lance Cpl. James F. Kimple and Sgt. Glen E. Martinez.

Marine Sgt. Glen E. Martinez 31, of Boulder, Colo.; assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 2 in Karmah, Iraq, while supporting combat operations. Also killed were Lance Cpl. Casey L. Casanova, Cpl. Miguel A. Guzman and Lance Cpl. James F. Kimple.

Army Sgt. John K. Daggett 21, of Phoenix; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died May 15 in Halifax, Canada, of wounds sustained May 1 in Baghdad when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle.

Army Spc. Mary J. Jaenichen 20, of Temecula, Calif.; assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died May 9 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, of a non-combat related injury.

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