I’m a diehard Democrat. I even voted for George McGovern and Walter Mondale, and there aren’t many people that can claim that distinction, or that want to.
Of course, it’s not a good time to be a Democrat. We just got our asses handed to us on a platter in the last election, and we deserved it.
In Iowa we even elected Terry Branstad who served several terms many years ago, and who most of us thought was dead.
We still control the Senate through some miracle, but the voters really let President Obama that they weren’t happy with the way things are going.
You know what? Neither am I, and I can’t wait to see the changes the Republicans in the House will make.
Of course, Republicans always want to lower taxes, which leads to bigger deficits, which leads to inflation, which means I’ll save 38 cents a month on taxes, but the price of a bar of soap will triple.
I’m no economist, but if you want to lower taxes, don’t you need to cut spending? If your job suddenly paid 10 percent less would you ask your employer to cut is some more or would you try to make cuts in your spending.
The problem with spending cuts is where do you begin. One Congressman wants to cut the National Endowment to the Arts which would save a grand total of .01% of the budget.
Real cuts have to take place in areas where we spend a lot of money if they’re going to be effective.
The areas where we spend a ton of money are social security, Medicare, and the defense budget. Everyone says social security and Medicare are flawed, but nobody wants to go near either one in terms of spending cuts.
That leaves the defense budge, but Republicans love to have lots of money to spend on the military, so what are they going to do.
For the past few years, the Republican Party has stood for nothing and against anything the other side wanted. Now what?
I voted for President Obama in the Iowa caucus and in the election, but I’m not very happy with him for one simple reason. The war in Iraq . Not only did he not pull the troops out of there, he sent even more to Afghanistan .
I propose a compromise.
Al Qaeda is supposed to be our enemy, but estimates say they have less than 10,000 members and maybe a lot fewer than that. Why then are we sending an army of about 200,000 troops to that area.
Also, those members of Al Qaeda are spread all over the world, so there may be very few where we’re looking.
Instead of fighting the same way we fought in World War I, why don’t we fight terror squads with our own terror squads. Let’s send in teams of Jack Bauers and let them fight the terrorists in their own way.
There are a lot of brave young men and women who would volunteer for that type of fighting and it would be so much more effective.
Putting so many of our troops in harms way is unnecessary and futile. If we want to save money, let’s cut defense spending, and let’s start by bringing the troops home. Now! Surely, this is an area that Democrats and Republicans can agree on.
When we leave there will be some civil unrest, just like there is now that we’re there. We can’t stay there forever, and we need the money at home. Support our troops – bring them home.