Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 1985 500SEC, 1991 190E 2.6.
Location: Los Angeles / Hannover Germany
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From surplus to debt and war
We are looking at an administration, that has gone from inheriting an annual federal surplus of $ 230 Billion, to owing what tranlates into $ 300.000 for every Citizen. For the coming budget, the debt ceiling has been raised to $ 9 Trillion. That is a nine, followed by twelve zeros. Anyone running a public corp. in a similar manner would have been fired a long time ago, and anybody running a private co. would have landed in jail. It is not unlike someone running up credit cards, hoping to be able to pay them off sometime in the future. Beside the regrettable cost in human lives, to maintain the war in Irak comes at a high monetary expense. On a political level, whether or not one agreed with entering this war in the first place, it has beome a fact and ongoing effort. But the soldiers over there have to be permitted to win and not fight with one hand tied behind their backs. You cannot be mr. nice guy and expect to win this war at the same time. It reminds me of someone, who keeps smiling at a guy, who is sharpening the knife, he is going to cut your throat with. Unlike the U.S. in Irak, even the Mullahs after the revolution in Iran were pragmatic enough not to dismantle the hated secret police. They executed a few of the top people and changed the name. To this day, it allows them to control Iran with an estimated support of only 15 % of the population. It will never happen, but a real pragmatic way to deal with this mess would be to hire the former leader as a consultant. Have him help to hire as many of the former secret police members and biggest bastards that can be found, and kick out all media for six month. These are just my personal views, non partisan, and probably a bit heavy for this forum. Horst K