Why Aren’t We Discussing This?

It is important to call candidates on harmful speech; I do care about many of the topics in the Clinton/Obama contest, mostly intangibles which give insight into the candidates’ values, BUT when will they talk about what the war is costing us at home? As Bob Hebert said in his March 5th column, the $2+ trillion this war will likely cost could: enroll 58,000 more kids in Head Start for a year; bump up Pell Grants for 160,000 low-income students; add about 14,000 more police officers; shore up Medicare or Social Security; etc, etc……. These crosses near my home in California are a strong reminder of the losses.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/opinion/04herbert.html

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4 Responses to Why Aren’t We Discussing This?

  1. laurabethnielsen says:

    you go mom!

  2. lbsmom says:

    See? We’re not even talking about it here.

  3. laurabethnielsen says:

    our blog numbers drop on weekends. maybe today. Also, I put up too much stuff at once — I am going ot work on spacing stuff out better.

    here, to get us started I will say that the war sucks and I wish people weren’t dying. and, i wish my one friend did not have to go in a few months. and, i wish my other friend from church would not have to go back. and I wish my brother were not still in the reserves or inactive reserves or whatever so as to eliminate his chances of having to go (although he has a pretty dangerous job as it is).

  4. jeffaregularworkinglawyer says:

    I think that the reason there isn’t more discussion of the war is that at this point, pretty much everything has been said. We had an election in 2006 that many people thought would make a difference, and it hasn’t. So many people feel that there’s nothing more they can do but wait until the next election, and hope that McCain doesn’t win.

    Bush didn’t need to create support for the war in order to continue it — he just needed to create resignation. And he’s succeeded in doing that. And yeah, the primaries are a distraction, too.

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