February 4, 2007
Oh my God!
President Bush wants some money. How much? Well, the U.S. has already spent $363.6 billion on the Bush-Cheney experiment in Iraq, and now Bush and Cheney want $93 billion more in this fiscal year and $140 billion more next year. If the Congress falls for this, the total expenditures for the "war" by the end of next year will total $596.6 billion. Think about it. Half a trillion dollars and no end in sight.
Add to this outrage, the NYT tells us today that private contractors are a virtual 4th branch of government. More than $400 billion was handed out to private contractors--and more than half without competetive bids! (I rarely use exclamation points, but some are needed as we go broke fighting in a civil war.)
Funding for our schools is under the knife. Approximately 47 million Americans have no health insurance, while this administration pours money down the drain. (And the drains don't work!)
Meanwhile, John McCain, intent on erasing his good guy image, has hired the firm that produced what he once called the "dishonest and dishonorable" Swift Boat commercials to help in his bid for the White House. I can hardly wait. And Hillary Rodhdam Clinton has emerged from her DLC hideout to say, "As president, if troops are still in Iraq in 2009, I'll bring them home." Wow! Such courage. I'll bet the spouses of soldiers in "the surge" are relieved to hear that.
Final note: Governor Doyle signed the ethics reform bill. Huzzah. Now, could we have publicly funded campaigns, please? You know, real reform.
Final, final. The Bears by seven.
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