Sunday, January 20, 2008
President Bush thinks the best way to stimulate the economy and avert a recession, is to give $800 to all Americans. Except low income Americans. Because they would just throw that money away on rent, food and medicine, instead of something useful like this $800 Gucci bag.
A government that gives money to everyone except poor people, is like an assisted living home that doesn't accept old people.
How come none of the Presidential candidates that I know of are linking our economic meltdown to the Iraq War?
The total spent on the Iraq war is projected to be about $611 billion by the end of this year.
According to the National Priorities Project, taxpayers where I live in Brooklyn, New York, have paid $3.9 billion for the cost of the Iraq War so far. That money could have paid for:
715,592 People with Health Care
7,369,921 Homes with Renewable Electricity
78,163 Public Safety Officers
55,008 Music and Arts Teachers
648,729 Scholarships for University Students
274 New Elementary Schools
22,377 Affordable Housing Units
1,355,973 Children with Health Care
447,619 Head Start Places for Children
47,356 Elementary School Teachers
59,162 Port Container Inspectors
But how would any of that help Halliburton?
Monday is Martin Luther King's Birthday, and it marks one year from the day when Bush will leave office. I'm sure that milestone will make Dr. King look down upon us and smile. And those desperate Republicans who invoke Ronald Reagan's name constantly, should be reminded that Reagan was no friend of Dr. King. In fact, if Reagan had ever done one of those old Memories of Martin public service announcements, what would Reagan's memory of Dr. King have been?
"I thought Martin Luther King was a communist, I was against making his birthday a holiday, and that's my memory of Martin."