Poll comments

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003

President Bush has asked for $87 billion more to fight terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Should Congress approve the funding?


It's better to fight the terrorists over there, not in our backyard. How would the "no" voters like the war in Juneau or the USA? It would be another Israel-Palestine scenario.


Although we must support our troops, we must also ask this question: With a $525 billion deficit, how can we afford to spend $87 billion in Iraq and give away approximately $590 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans next year?


Yes, let's pay whatever it costs. $87 billion is a small price to pay for our security. We must win the war against radical Islamic terrorism, and it's better to fight it in Iraq than in the USA.


Another $87 billion won't bring this to a close. This administration has led us into another "Vietnam war"; a war it cannot back out of without losing face and likely the election. Rumsfeld worked with Nixon on Vietnam, Cheney was with elder Bush on the unfinished Gulf War the first time around. They still can't get it right, which means they will fritter away resources simply to keep the war "hysteria" going. Too many Americans need jobs, health care, education and a future.


The funding should not be approved unless it is paid for by repeal of tax cuts for the top-income brackets and we immediately turn over political power to the U.N. so it can hold elections in Iraq as soon as possible.


What better to spend the money on? The health care entitlement black holes? If we don't win this war on terrorism, you can kiss all your entitlements goodbye.


Of course Congress should not approve the funding. This is a sham and this president is out of control. President Bush preaches the importance of cost containment, but he can't walk the talk.


Somehow I can't figure out how we can come up with $86 billion to spend in Iraq and not be able to fund health care for Americans. How much longer will we continue to spend money on people who no matter what we do will still hate us 20 years from now, while at the same time forcing our elderly people to continue making choices between medication and food?

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