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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:35 PM
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Bush May Seek More Than $50 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan for Next Year
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAS8BBGXTD.html

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush may seek more money for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year than the $50 billion figure his budget director cited months ago, White House officials say.


The acknowledgment comes amid growing doubts in Congress that the amount will be enough to finance U.S. operations in the two countries, especially in an increasingly violent Iraq. Lawmakers also say they will probably give the administration less leeway than it wants in spending the money.

Joshua Bolten, Bush's budget chief, cited $50 billion in February as "the upper limit" for what might be spent for the wars next year. But administration officials, who have repeatedly said they can't predict what will be needed, said this week that the figure has been misinterpreted and that they might request more or less than that.

"He feels very strongly that that wasn't meant as a marker," budget office spokesman Chad Kolton said Thursday, referring to Bolten's mention of $50 billion.

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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:36 PM
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1. "OK YOU UNWORTHY SENIORS GROVEL FOR YOUR MEDS"
Shreiked the Shower boy for Exxon and Halliburton---THE CHIMP
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Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:37 PM
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2. A war that was unnecessary...
...will bankrupt America and be the death of the 'new deal'. Just what the Bushie zealots have always wanted.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:41 PM
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5. Bankrupts the new deal and the great society programs together.
Dismantling the federal agreement with the individual wholesale.
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:46 PM
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6. That's a theory I've been hearing for a while....
and it is gaining more traction in my mind every day.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:39 PM
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3. they run out different spokes heads to pull the bait 'n switch. one contra-
dicts the other or "clarifies" previous statements. No one is responsible. Or answerable. And, that's a hell of a lot of money on top of what we already have committed.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:40 PM
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4. how much more??
poor these conservatives really know how to handle the budget don't they...
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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:57 PM
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7. I cannot deal with this
Edited on Thu May-06-04 06:59 PM by Marianne
I feel so sorry for the plight of the Afganistan peole and the Iraqi people that we have forced into their plight.

But we have a situation here in our own country that need the same attention , that would be comparable to the people and their infrastructure that we have destroyed so far in our rush to war, and show no sign that we are willing to supply the troops that would be willing to reconstruct the place that we destroyed on and for NOTHING, in spite of all the lies we have been handed by the
republicans.



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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:13 PM
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8. No he won't
He won't be in office.
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