Vote For Change, Vote Coleen Rowley

Local activists blog for congressional candidate Coleen Rowley (D)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Result of Politics as Usual

As of this writing, the cost of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is over $299 billion and rising. The National Priorities Project keeps a running total, and offers a quick comparison of how this affects each state. For instance, if I compare the cost of staying in Iraq (as of today) to its impact on Minnesota, I find we could have hired over 120,000 additional teachers for a year, and built over 62,000 new public housing units.

A note on the public housing units - according to a
study done by the Wilder Research Center, on October 23, 2003 alone, the number of homeless people counted in Minnesota was estimated at 8,800 to 8,900. Having helped three homeless people in a year's time, I would bet this number has increased. I invite Congressman Kline to visit one of the shelters located in downtown St. Paul. It's an interesting experience to say the least, but it's the children that touch your heart.

There are a number of national debt "clocks" on the web. I found
zFacts.com not only shows the grand daddy total of close to $9 trillion, but also which administration got us here and how. This one tells us each citizen's share of this gargantuan amount... almost $30,000. Sorry kids.

AmericanEconomicAlert.org keeps us up to date on the current trade deficit with a
Trade Ticker. This one is over $433 billion.

Oh, by the way, as we experience an average of $3 a gallon at the pumps, Exxon Mobil
reports a $10.36 billion profit in the 2nd quarter of this year. BP also shared in gains with $7.3 billion (+30%), ConocoPhillips $5.18 billion (+65%), and Royal Dutch Shell $7.32 billion (+40%).

Over 2,500 soldiers dead, almost 20,000 wounded.

Wow, you can almost drown in these numbers, and it's just the tip of the iceberg.

I could go into the unemployment rates being false; the budget numbers being fixed; the raiding of the Social Security Trust Fund; cronyism; corporate welfare; budget cuts for the most needy, and for energy, science, and education; the dismantling of our civil liberties; the rollback of workers' rights and safety regulations; destruction of the environment; the condescending manner of our representatives... well, it's a very long list.

I say no more politics as usual! No more borrowing and spending. No more irresponsible leadership, and irresponsible lawmaking. No more corporate give-aways, no more selling votes and favors to the highest campaign contributor. No more injustice, no more lies, no more manipulations, no more spin, and no more self-serving partisanship.


Coleen Rowley is a dedicated and hard-working American with the honesty, integrity, energy and intelligence to get America back on track!