Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick
By Larry S. Rolirad
Every tick of the clock means that we are an additional $3,541
further in debt - and that debt is only the debt caused by
Bush's war. So far, the Republican debt for just the Iraq
war is a staggering $97 billion, or $97,824,333,662
to be exact. That amount doesn't include the $85 billion that
was recently approved by the Republican congress, or the $40-100
billion that the Republican party is planning to ask for after
this year's November elections. How can Republicans find unlimited
amounts of money for war, for killing, and for destroying,
but not a dime for peace, for building, and for creating?
The WarDebt clock is ticking at a rate of a billion dollars
every few days. Just think of the good that much money could
be used for, such as our country's infrastructure, preschool,
children's health, public education, college scholarships,
aid to veterans, helping our elderly, prescription drugs,
and public housing.
It is easy to convince a Republican of a need to kill people,
but almost impossible to get their support to help people.
The Republican party has sunk to depths unimaginable since
President Eisenhower sat in the oval office fifty years ago.
President Eisenhower saw how easily our government could be
taken over by corrupt corporations like the Republican-dominated
government we have today. He foresaw how corporations could
easily dictate our foreign policy purely for financial gain
and to hell with our country, or its people.
After all, corporations have no loyalties to any country,
just their bottom lines. Remember these wise words from a
man who knew that compassion was more than just a political
slogan, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every
rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those
who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not
clothed." - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953.
What if we used the money we are squandering on war and
destruction and used it to subsidize alternate forms of energy
that would make us energy independent of Middle East oil?
Being energy-independent would bring more security to our
country. But instead of solving the problem, Bush and his
masters are creating new problems. Bush wants to go to Mars.
Bush wants to keep our country at war. Bush wants to give
more and more to the wealthy. And Bush wants to drill for
oil in pristine land in Alaska.
There is no incentive for people like Bush and Cheney to
do anything farsighted like developing alternate energy sources
to make our country safer. They are oil men who are in bed
with the corrupt domestic oil industry, and corrupt foreign
oil interests, such as Saudi Arabia.
The biggest enemy to our national security is not outside
of our borders, but rather within, and living in the White
House. We will never be energy independent as long as we have
corrupt oil men running our country. Their thinking is as
old as the fossil fuels that they have enriched themselves
Tick, tick, tick, tick... when the financial bomb goes off
it will mean that the poor and middle classes will have to
pay for the Republican plundering of our national treasury.