Our Friend Truth
When you are home, relaxing in the quiet hours after a busy day do you ever search out the Congressional Record because you want a good read?
Nah, neither do I. But I did come across this entry from the House of Representives and was heartened. Take a look at "Iraq Watch, We Must Do Right By The American Taxpayer" from September 9, 2003.
I'll offer some teasers:
Mr. STRICKLAND. Mr. Speaker, it is good to be here this evening. I am here tonight to say something that for me is kind of difficult to say. I believe the President has deceived us, that he has distorted the truth, and that he has engaged in false claims which has taken us into a war which is daily claiming the lives of our soldiers.
He goes on to cite such examples of lying as the fictitious 9/11 Iraq connection, Saddams supposed tons of biological, chemical and atomic weapons that we faced immanent attack with. He mentions Cheney saying we will be greeted as Liberators. Wolfowitz saying that our illegal and immoral attack will pay for itself thanks to Iraqi oil.
Strickland gets a slap on the wrist.
The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. King of Iowa). The Chair would remind all Members to refrain from improper references to the President, such as accusing him of deception.
Mr. DELAHUNT. Let me ask the gentleman, does this mean that at some point in the future, if we continue to have a foreign policy that creates these significant needs for military personnel, that some day on the floor of this House we will be debating the necessity for a draft?
Mr. STRICKLAND. I think so.
Mr. INSLEE. That is the $64,000 question.
Mr. DELAHUNT. It is time to ask these kinds of questions.
Mr. INSLEE. The gentleman points out something that I think is important and that is that the President needs to level with the American people about the real cost of this.
Now, right now we have volunteers suffering the real cost of this war with loss of life and limb; but our children have a real cost they are enduring too, a Federal deficit that has gone over $500 billion this year with this additional $87 billion, the highest deficit in American history; and that is a real cost that the President, if he wants to show real leadership, would level with the American people about and say that we need to pay for, rather than hiding the cost and playing a fiscal shell game and putting that on our children.
Please give this Report a read. Refer to it in e-mails, get the word out that there are people in Government that are stating the obvious. Mr Bush and his Administration are liars.
Mr. HOEFFEL It is my belief that the President misled Congress, and it is my understanding from the documents that I have since read that are now available to us that were not available to us in the fall of 2002 that the White House was well instructed about the doubts and the uncertainty from the CIA, the FBI, and the rest of the intelligence agencies.
Now, if it is objectionable to say that on the floor of the House, if the Republican leadership does not want to hear that on the floor of the House, bring it on.
Read about the screwing of our Veterans:
Then they decided that they were going to create a new category of veteran. We call them Priority 8 veterans. You can make as little as $25,000 and this administration considers you high income. And they say you cannot enroll in VA health care. You can be a combat decorated veteran and be excluded.
Let folks know what you have learned. Share the facts and figures. The truth can't be denied.
How much money is 87 billion dollars? Well, it is more than the 79 Billion asked for and gotten last April.
But would could be done with it, here at home, where it could add to our lives?
$87b Is More Than The Combined Total Of All State Budget Deficits In The United States
$87b Is Rougly The Total Of Two Years Worth Of All U.S. Unemployment Benefits
$87b Is Enough To Pay The 3.3 Million People Who Have Lost Jobs $26,363 Each
$87b Is More Than Double The Total Amount The Government Spends On Homeland Security
$87b Is 7 Times What The Government Spends On Title I For Low-Income Schools
$87b Is 87 Times The Amount The Federal Government Spends On After School Programs
$87b Is About 9 Times What The Federal Government Spends On Special Education
$87b Is More Than 10 Times What The Government Spends On All Environmental Protection
$87b Is 8 Times The Total For Pell Grants -- The Major College Program In The U.S.
$87b Is More Than The Total Cost Of The First 3 Years Of The Medicare Pres. Drug Proposal
87b Is Enough To Give Every Man, Woman And Child In America $300
We must find new ways to speak for peace... If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight
-- Martin Luther King