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Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick
January 27, 2004
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 with.

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.

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