Bush's Blank Check To Iraq

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Editor:

The State of the Union message delivered Wednesday night shows that Karl, Condi and Rummy prevailed on W to give an open-ended blank check to Iraq -- Cheney's suspect buddies at Halliburton and KBR.

At the same time, this president wants to cut back on programs such as all discretionary domestic spending (roads, bridges, clean air and water, job training, securing ports and railroads) in the United States closing the domestic checkbook while we all watch interest rates creep up and bite us when our credit card bills arrive.

The American dollar has been reduced to a third-world currency and we are indebted to Communist China and Saudi Arabia for their loans to our government. This is what runaway multinational corporations have done to our country, but the present occupant of the White House considers them his "base." Such behavior by this administration is reminiscent of the financial transactions at Silverado Savings and Loan.

The president wants to privatize social security. Why? To pay off his cronies on Wall Street. Social Security is a social compact and a safety net. Did you notice that W rules out raising the cap on Social Security income above the current limit of $90,000? Who do you suppose benefits from that?

His plan to open private accounts does not require tampering with the system which is a "pay as you go" system. There are savings accounts, IRAs and 401(k)s available to all Americans, and the alternative of taking even more out of the social security system would clearly underfund the system for people looking to retire in the next 10 years.

The president did not address the major problems of immigration. Does he believe that by granting worker permits to undocumented workers, giving a social security card to work legally in the United States, will make up the difference by their contributions to Social Security? Will those employers of the undocumented actually place these employees on the books?

Finally, we, as Americans, rejoice at the terms of freedom, honor, God, country and sacrifice for the benefit of others; however, this administration and this Congress use those terms as a punch line.

The issue is whether Americans will continue to follow this folly to our country's detriment or start to engage in a discussion of the real issues and real decisions facing us all as Americans.

Mark Ernest Reza, Payson

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