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Positions and priorities

Posted: September 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.

On Aug. 31, there appeared in the Los Angeles Times an editorial titled "Iraq after U.S. combat forces withdraw," written by Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon. He emphasized the importance of continuing "crucial support to Iraq."

I see where he's coming from. Basically, there appears to be a need to throw good money at a bad situation conceived and initiated by the deceptions of Bush, Cheney and Rumseld that led us into this mess in the first place. These truths are chronicled in Pulitzer Prize recipient Thomas E. Rick's book, "Fiasco."

McKeon may be right; we have no choice, and I guess we will eventually want the same thing to clean up Afghanistan (another war initiated by the George W. Bush administration).

I ask this question of our congressman, his fellow Republicans and fellow travelers who follow this reasoning: Today, what priority is given to the American citizens and the recovery in progress after the eight years of the Bush administration?

There is a vocal group that criticizes the president for not returning our country back to normal in just over 20 months. They speak out against continued unemployment benefits because it will increase our deficit, but more billions for Iraq. This group attempts to squelch measures that bring honesty to our financial sectors and protection for consumers.

They are justifiably identified as the party of "No." "Yes" for Iraq; "no" here at home.

Too many of us want answers and explanations. Where are your priorities?



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