Friday, December 09, 2005

US. Rep. Murtha Outs Plans for Another $100 Billion for Iraq

As the profligate Halliburton (et al) Enrichment Program continues to unfold in Iraq, the administration wants to add to the already (estimated) $277 billion spent on Iraq thus far. There's $50 billion sitting in supplemental funding. And now this: the administration has plans for an additional $100 billion more for Iraq next year. That's right -- a stratospheric tab of at least $427 billion. The immorality and ineptness of the operation in Iraq hardly justifies throwing more money at the war campaign. It's the GOP, after all, which screams, "You can't throw money at a problem!"

The GOP tell us we can't afford universal health care. Most Americans can't have corporate pensions in the future. We can't have jobs protected from off-shoring. Privateers want to eliminate our public infrastructure and leave us to profiteers for everything from transportation, health insurance, social security, and education. They want armies for profit too. They've cut funding for the poor, the homeless, and more.

But there's more. Budgetary atacks on the middle class, in the guise of "Fiscal conservatism," is outed for the fraud that it is. The alleged fiscally conservative-leaning Congress passed a bill with tax cuts exceeding budget cuts by $44 billion. This in war time, as the GOP-HERS love to point out. GOPHERS in the House would also benefit the super rich at the expense of the middle class. As Robert Reich has commented:

"No legislative choice in recent years has so clearly pitted the super-rich against the suburban middle class. Most of benefits of the House's proposed extension of the dividend and capital gains tax cuts would go to the top one percent of taxpayers, with average annual incomes of more than $1 million. Most of the benefits of the Senate's cut in the AMT would go to households earning between $75,000 and $100,000 a year, who would otherwise get slammed."
It is class warfare. But it's directed against most Americans and citizens of other countries who are pawns in the deadly games of the radical right arm of the superrich in the US.