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This pissed me off. I also would like to know where the petitions are to send to Congress to stop this.

My son is stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX and he gets deployed in Aug. He will be reading this article and I am printing it out for him to take back to his buddies.

I have also sent this article to everyone in my email list and I am asking them to forward it.

We all know this is not something we will hear about in the local newspapers or on local TV news.

Thank you for continuing to bring articles like this to people who honestly want to know just how our government is NOT supporting the troops.

And to think I have been accused of not supporting our troops JUST because I am against the war.

Celinda A Hall

Albuquerque, NM

Apr 7 2007 - 2:45pm

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This article is so incredibly upsetting, I fear I can't adequately express my anger and shame about it.

My husband was in the Army for 26+ years (and we loved Army life). But there's an old saying that is all too true, then and now: "Nothing is too good for our brave men and women in uniform, and that's exactly what we're going to give them. Nothing."

Where's the outrage? Are the parents and spouses of these soldiers being scared into silence? Where's Congress in all this? How is it that the House and Senate are always the last to know?

Most importantly, where can I sign up to protest this digraceful treatment of these young men and women??

Mary Emanuelson

Dover, Delaware

Mar 30 2007 - 12:09am

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I can't even begin to describe the rage that fills me as I read this article.

I have heard anecdotal evidence from friends who have or are serving in Iraq about the miserable way we have been treating our Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, and this just tops it all off.

The notion that we should have invaded Iraq in the first place is debatable by (semi-)reasonable people, but one thing that should be self-evident is the idea that our veterans should be provided only the best of care and consideration.

Specialist Town and his family should enjoy the benefits of my tax dollars for the rest of his and his wife's life, however long that may be.

Worse comes to worse, take a cut if Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock options to foot the bill. It would certainly be a better use of the money.

Christopher Cox

Florida, NY

Mar 25 2007 - 9:39am

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George W. Bush is burning bodies, burning money, and burning futures in Afghanistan and Iraq. American citizens must have the provisions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness protected. Without those provisions, soldiers have no safe home in which to return.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates Social Security and Medicare will rise from 8.5 percent of annual economic output to 10.5 percent by 2015, growing to 15 percent by 2030. Increases will mean that the ratio of publicly held federal debt would rise from 35 percent today to 100 percent by 2030.

The Federal Reserve Chairman warned that such high debt would reduce private investment, slow economic growth, and lead to low confidence among businesses, investors, and consumers. Interest on the federal deficit is the fastest growing part of federal spending, consuming $220 billion in 2006.

Projection predict the deficit will consume an additional $270 billion by 2008. Each U.S. citizen owes almost $29,000, their share of a collective total of $8,700,769,194,975, roughly $9 trillion. The US currently pays more to foreign creditors than it receives in investments from other nations, a situation that hasn't happened since World War I.

Paying interest depletes money for domestic programs. Free-market economists claim the debt is only a small percentage of the gross national product, six percent in 2005. They say the federal government can write checks at any time, risking only a little inflation; so, they claim the national debt is not a concern. Realities of a global economy dispute those claims.

Flow of funds into U.S. markets depresses U.S. interest rates and increases the huge trade imbalances. A high national debt disrupts international economies because there is nowhere else countries can invest safely for the returns they receive from U.S. markets.

While the U.S. continues to import inexpensive products from China and India, interest rates in other countries remain low. Oil prices don't shoot up, and there are no serious recessions.

Some government economists predict that the economy may stay on track and be able to absorb shocks such as occupations of foreign countries and national disasters. A study by the Brookings Institute on sustained US budget deficits predicts the optimistic, economic scenarios could change dramatically.

"Failing to act sooner rather than later, though, only makes the problem more difficult to address without considerable instability, raises the probability of fiscal and financial disarray at some point in the future, and runs the risks of further constraining policy flexibility in the future," the study reported.

If the U.S. could no longer borrow as it has been doing, interests rates would skyrocket, home values would plummet, people would lose their jobs, and government services would be slashed severely.

Cited by many economists is the long-term danger debt created by Social Security and Medicare deficits. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress in January that the longer we postpone funding to Social Security and Medicare, "the more severe, the more draconian, the more difficult the adjustment is going to be."

The White House has a choice. It may care for its fellow Americans, or it may neglect and abandon its fellow Americans. We see now which course the president has taken, neglect and abandonment of the people.

Jerie Leep

Tenkiller, Oklahoma

Mar 25 2007 - 4:13am

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The Bush Admin has been doing the same thing with unemployment Insurance.

Cutting people off of benefits using narrow standards, and often illogical reasoning. Saving money for Halliburton/Blackwater while claiming lower jobless statistics.

These Bushie fiends ARE vampires, despite recent scientific papers to the contrary.

David A

New York, NY

Mar 23 2007 - 8:42pm