Monday, May 24, 2010

Grayson Strikes Again - On Our Side! Another Email!

MeanMesa has written plenty of posts about the immense scope of the "emergency supplementals" which have -- ANNUALLY -- been funding the Bush-Cheney Oil Wars.  Worse, once the "emergency" money has been allocated to these tax gobbling outrages, the "emergency" label is also added everywhere else -- that is, in every other case where the war profiteers can scrape out just a little more for themselves.

Examples of this "rolling garbage wagon with an  endless appetite for more of our highway, hospital, bridge, school, water system and sewer system money" are spread like paint.  Halliburton's annual "emergency" no bid contracts, the Constitution wrecking "emergency" Patriot Act provisions and the "toad strangling" $800 Billion "Emergency" Bailout all follow suit.

It doesn't serve us to spend all of our energy trying to continue to disregard or underplay the stench of this "elephant in the living room."  Our bad habit of waiting for things to get a little better is one of out right denial and surrender.

Well, MeanMesa's favorite Florida Congressman is taking action.  A copy of his email letter is included in this post (below).  BTW, all the "contribute now" links have been left in -- just in case any MeanMesa visitor has a couple of bucks just sitting around.  I'm sure Congressman Grayson will also accept contributions from international visitors, too.

Dear Chad,

Next week, there is going to be a "debate" in Congress on yet another war funding bill. The bill is supposed to pass without debate, so no one will notice.

What George Orwell wrote about in "1984" has come true. What Eisenhower warned us about concerning the "military-industrial complex" has come true. War is a permanent feature of our societal landscape, so much so that no one notices it anymore.

But we're going to change this. Today, we're introducing a bill called 'The War Is Making You Poor Act'. The purpose of this bill is to connect the dots, and to show people in a real and concrete way the cost of these endless wars. We're working to get co-sponsors in Congress, but, we need citizen co-sponsors as well. Become a citizen cosponsor today at Act Now.

Next year's budget allocates $159,000,000,000 to perpetuate the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. That's enough money to eliminate federal income taxes for the first $35,000 of every American's income. Beyond that, leaves over $15 billion to cut the deficit.

And that's what this bill does. It eliminates separate funding for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and eliminates federal income taxes for everyone's first $35,000 of income ($70,000 for couples). Plus it pays down the national debt. Does that sound good to you? Then please sign our petition in support of this bill, and help us build a movement to end our permanent state of war.

The costs of the war have been rendered invisible. There's no draft. Instead, we take the most vulnerable elements of our population, and give them a choice between unemployment and missile fodder. Government deficits conceal the need to pay in cash for the war.

We put the cost of both guns and butter on our Chinese credit card. In fact, we don't even put these wars on budget; they are still passed using 'emergency supplemental'. A nine-year 'emergency'.

Let's show Congress the cost of these wars is too much for us.
Tell Congress that you like 'The War Is Making You Poor Act'. No, tell Congress you love it.

All we are saying is "give peace a chance." We will end these wars.


Alan Grayson

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