As President Bush presides over 60 new Iraqi war dead and 22 Americans, Time Magazine makes him man of the year.
Who is Bush, really? Hes the man who, by setting his sights on Iran, leaves no doubt he desires total war against the Muslim world. Muslims will respond in kind, allowing Bush to hem in civil rights, allowing him to stand aside and smirk while this proud nation marches towards a police state with their hands over their hearts. Bush is more than man of the year. Hell be remembered as the sneak who brought down historys most noble democracy by a series of bald-faced lies.
Mark Yokum via email
Never let it be said that Democrats dont have a sense of humor. The U.S. election analysis in two sentences:
The Democrats mistake was thinking that a disastrous war and national bankruptcy would be of concern to the electorate.
The Republicans saw, correctly, that the chief concern of the electorate was to keep gay couples from having abortions.
Peggy Kohler via email
A damn lie
Some lawmakers and elected officials would have us believe that Social Security is a broken system that needs to be fixed or privatized. Thats a distortion of reality. Or, to be blunt, its beyond misleading... its a damn lie!
Privatizing Social Security will put at risk the programs very security while requiring massive costs, long term debt and cuts in benefits. A stock market crash usually wipes out the wealthy. If Social Security is privatized in the stock market, even a minor crash would wipe out the middle and poor classes. The elderly would have to return to a labor market that no longer existed.
The truth is the so-called crisis surrounding Social Securitys solvency is largely invented. Radical changes that would require borrowing trillions of dollars we dont have arent necessary. Even if we dont change a thing, Social Security can pay benefits through 2052. Minor adjustments can ensure that todays Social Security is preserved for many generations to come. Especially if politicians and Wall Street keep their greedy fingers out of it.
Social Security is one of Americas great success stories, providing rock-solid, inflation-proof, guaranteed benefits that last a lifetime.Social Security hasnt missed a paycheck for 70 years. Its benefits span generations, covering Americans of all ages. Today, Social Security is more financially sound than it has been throughout most of its history and is in no danger of going broke.
No other government program stabilizes our economy as well as Social Security. It is the gyroscope that keeps our economic ship of state on an even keel. Dont let Americas financial elite rock our boat. In this context, privatize is another way to say, steal.
William F. Brabenec Attica
a facade, a mirage, this war
wash our hands in the blood of soldiers,
men as mechanical and wildeyed as
starving for sleep
unable to breathe
full speed ahead,
to be forfeited.
gave my life for a country,
the unknown soldier.
a token of appreciation,
a homeless vet with cobblestone legs.
he remembers the children
strapped to the schrapnel
and dreams of metal cages
where they tortured the terrorists.
curled in a fetal position
he fears the government.
he hides from the God
they have created
out of fear and foreboding.
to save up for a new truck,
now he just wants his legs back.
not everyone will remember george bush as a beautiful crusader,
he seems to foreshadow death wherever
Chantelle via email