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Why I was ashamed

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By Marlyn (Joe) Stock
East Carbon


Let me describe a few of the things that made me ashamed of the last (presidential) administration.

First we were fed a pack of lies to justify a preemptive strike on Iraq.

Second, that same government used and condoned torture.

Third, they discarded the right of Habeas Corpus.

Fourth, they violated the Geneva Conventions, which the United States was the main sponsor.

Fifth, they eliminated millions of skilled and well paid factory jobs and shipped them overseas.

Sixth, they took this nation from being the most respected and admired in the world to the most feared and hated.

Seventh, they have made it almost impossible to form a union where people could gain a fairer portion of their earnings.

And there are many more which are too numerous to name.

The former administration created all the terrorists in Iraq. Saddam was a cruel and ruthless leader, but he did not allow terrorism. He killed and buried all terrorists.

We should have gone into Afghanistan with the force we went into Iraq. The northern alliance had them confined in one spot with our help, primarily air support. We could have destroyed the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

I would like to complement David R. Fryer (Letter to the Editor, Sun Advocate, May 25) because he is the first person that I know of that admits that he is proud of the last administration. In the first place let me remind him that it was not Berry the Bamster (whoever that is) that voted for the $700 billion bailout. It was the Republican president that proposed and signed it into law before Obama took office.

In 1933, Roosevelt's first year in office, the Democratic congress voted and Roosevelt signed into law restrictions on the banks and Wall Street that made it impossible to have another 1929. Regan and Bush got rid of all those restrictions. The year 2008, was almost an exact copy of 1929. I am not entirely against the buyout. It was better than doing nothing like Herbert Hoover did.

I personally was very ashamed of the last administration. They took over the first surplus in many years and predicted that surplus would grow. The huge tax break they gave the rich was suppose to be part of the surplus.

In Afganistan the enemy has spread out and gained strength and I am afraid it will become another Vietnam. I think it has gone too far and I do not think that capturing or killing Bin Laden will substantially weaken Al Qaeda. The rest of the world was with us in our war against Afghanistan, and mainly against our war in Iraq.

I have never claimed superior intellect, but I knew from the start that the war in Iraq was all about oil. Iraq has agreed to let the oil cartel come in and develop their oil if things calm down enough, but we will have to keep troops there indefinitely to maintain that calm.

I propose that we take our troops out of all foreign countries and bring them home to defend this country, which is why they were created. The Republicans say they are in those countries to defend America's interests. Neither I nor anyone I know has any interest in those countries. If we bring all of our troops out of every other country it would save enough to support Social Security and a national health plan so that no one would die from lack of health care or improper diet.

And let's go back to taxing the rich, because that's where the money is.

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