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Thursday, October 26, 2006


Thursday Morning Round-Up

I love to see 'beat-down' used like that.

Here's another article:
Big out-of-state donors behind 'Connecticut' group helping Lieberman

The Connecticut Issues Project, a tax-exempt group behind campaign literature lauding U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, has received nearly all of its funding from five people who don't live in Connecticut, including two who each contributed $20,000 to the Republican National Committee, government records show.
Stupid me, I left my comment re: this post at the post below. To briefly repeat, loved the smackdown of Medina in the comments on the EmpireZone. And to Karl Rove -- we've already lost in Iraq. No hearts and minds are going to be won because the Iraqis deservedly hate this administration.
Here's what stay the Lieberman's "stay the course" policy has meant for Connecticut soldiers. A video retrospective on soldiers with CT ties who have died in the Iraq war, along with some of Lieberman's comments on the war.
And thanks to a refresher at firedoglake:

Loserman: I fathered Iraq war, Bush enforces my policy there

John McCain and I gave up on containment and introduced the Iraqi Liberation Act, which, when it became law, made a change of regime in Baghdad official US policy. You might therefore say that, when it comes to Iraq, President Bush is just enforcing the McCain-Lieberman policy.

So, it's not just Stay The Course, Lieberman says he made the course: according to Joe it's Joe Lieberman's war.

No wonder he's trying to run away from it.
Folks, Ned

The number two punch of the war in Iraq is the expenditures. Ned spoke about the money in the debate but most folks don't comprehend billions and Washington budget talk. Whats real for the average guy is the INCREASE in taxes and decrease in services/personal net worth caused by this war and this administration on LOCAL TAXES.

- shift in federal funds to from:
State aid - which trickles to local towns
School spending
Healthcare research and aid

The average person is spending a HUGE increase in everyday taxes - visible and hidden that everyone feels but no one talks about.

How much has this stuff increased:

Energy taxes (% of cost - and cost is more)
Phone bills - ever see what extra taxes we pay on phones? It's huge.
Mil rates - how many towns AREN'T have contentious referendums on what to CUT from LOCAL SERVICES?
Medical prescriptions & deductibles

Regan used to use charts all the time to show a picture of what is happening. If you did an ad showing the INCREASE in costs and TAXES - directly and indirectly caused by the singular focus of the administration on Iraq combined with their cozy deals with military supply companies like Haliburton and the breaks for Oil Companies who have record profits while congress watched - who wouldn't vote everyone out?

Chart from the beginning of the war to today for increases in the 4 costs everyone has. Then show a chart of Haliburton stock, oil company stock and government spending on the next chart.

Close with funds available in social security and the drop in home value.

get the picture?
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