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Letter to the Editor: the blame game


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By JAMES FRANKLIN RINEHART
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Editor:

Our country faces major problems. No longer can they remain hidden from the American people.

Most Americans are aware the federal budget is in dismal shape. Whether it's Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or even the private pension system, most Americans realize we're in debt over our heads.

The welfare state is unmanageable and severely overextended. In spite of hopes that supposed reform would restore sound financing and provide for all the needs of the people, it's becoming more apparent every day that the entire system of entitlements is in a precarious state and may well collapse.

It doesn't take a genius to realize that increasing the nations debt by over six hundred billion dollars per year is not sustainable. Raising taxes to make up the shortfall is unacceptable and continuing to print the money needed will only accelerate the erosion of the dollar's value.

It is imperative that Congress face up to its explicit constitutional responsibility to declare war. It's easy to condemn the management of a war one endorsed while deferring the final decision about whether to deploy troops to the president. When Congress accepts and assumes its awesome responsibility to declare war, as directed by the Constitution, fewer wars will be fought.

Sadly, the leadership of both parties for the purpose of gaining, or retaining, political power motivates the acrimonious blame game. It doesn't approach a true debate over the wisdom, or lack thereof, of foreign military interventionism and pre-emptive war.

Polls indicate ordinary Americans are becoming uneasy with our prolonged war in Iraq, which has no end in sight. The fact that no one can define victory precisely, and most American see us staying in Iraq for years to come, contribute to the erosion of support for this war.

Currently 63% of Americans disapprove of the handling of the war, and 52% say it's time to come home.

Another 42% say we need a foreign policy of minding our own business.


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