Saturday, February 12, 2005

Baghdad suicide car bomb kills 17

A suicide car bomb has exploded at 9:22 AM EST at a police checkpoint near a hospital in a town south of Baghdad killing 17 people and wounding at least 26, according to Iraqi police.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Freedom In Action?



By Eric Blumrich

As much as the republicans try and divorce economics from politics, the fact remains that the two are irrevocably intertwined. It's plain to anyone who cares to look out their window that Bush's first four years were an excercise in turning a booming economy into a stagnant pile of dog droppings. No matter how much Bush would like to claim that 9/11 is responsible for the downright miserable state of our economy, the facts are there to see...

I mean, one only has to take into account two factors: 300 billion in Iraq, and a tax cut for the wealthiest 2%. (a side note- if Bush withdrew just 1/3 of the tax cuts he gave to those making over 200,000 a year, and put it into social security, it'd be solvent, for centuries to come- but that's another topic.)

The record speaks for itself- millions losing healthcare, and jobs. Millions sinking into poverty.

Veterans losing benefits. A record surplus, turned into a record deficit. Inflation. A plummeting standard of living. Now, I KNOW ya'll on the republican side LOVE them apples- hell- YOU VOTED FOR IT.

And ya know- with this new budget, things are just going to get worse, and worse, and worse. The one thing that Bush's handlers have always resented is that Bush's economic policies have finally shown the lie behind the republican lip service to the concept of "Fiscal Responsibility"- in this case, personified by the aforementioned record deficit.

With this new budget, they're going to address this, but the problem is: they're not going to do it, by addressing wasteful spending, or by rolling back tax cuts on the rich (the latter- they're going to INCREASE.) They're going to eliminate the deficit by cutting just about every program for education, the arts, the evironment, veterans, the poor, and the people who need help the most.

I predicted, months ago, that if we were to suffer the indignity of another four years of Bush in office, it would lead to this- more poverty, more need, more closed schools, libraries, and firehouses. Less secure at home, in our lives, our jobs, and our future.

And I've been proven right- I would have liked, more than anything in my life, to be proven wrong, and sleep soundly, at night, knowing that things would be returned to a sane course in this country- but sadly, sadly, I was right. We're going to see the quality of life decline, in ways we haven't seen, since the great depression, in the next four years- because if you think that THIS budget is a stab in the eye, wait until 2006.

But, ya know- the republicans will love it- they're vampires, in the most literal sense of the word. They sustain themselves, by sapping the strength of those beneath them.

And to those lower-class and middle class voters who cast their votes for this insanity- enjoy your slide down into deeper and deeper levels of debt and want. I will only laugh, as you wonder why your kids can't get a decent education, your social services are cut off, and your future grows more and more bleak. The limits of my compassion for the willfully ignorant have just been met.