In the Democratic Radio Address today, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky linked the “costly” and “unpopular” Iraq war “with the growing economic troubles — some say recession — in this country.” Yarmuth noted that “the testimony this week of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker about the Iraq war served as reminder of the billions of dollars being poured into Iraq as the U.S. economy struggles.”
“General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker failed to offer a plan to change direction in Iraq and redeploy our troops,” Yarmuth said. “Instead, they offered more of the same, with U.S. troops and taxpayers paying the price.”
The U.S. government has spent “more than half-a-trillion dollars” in support of the war effort, while that money could be spent on pressing needs in this country, he said.
A February AP-Ipsos poll found that “pulling out of Iraq was the most named remedy for fixing U.S. economic problems.”
Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said a withdrawal would help the country’s economic problems “a great deal” and 20 percent more said it would help somewhat. Some 43 percent said increasing government spending on health care, education and housing programs would help a great deal; 36 percent named cutting taxes.
Yarmuth went to say our infrastructure could be repaired, and the SCHIP could be extended were it not for the money “squandered” on the Iraq War:
“Across America, our roads and bridges are crumbling and are in desperate need of repair, yet taxpayer dollars are being squandered on an Iraqi government that is riddled with waste, fraud and corruption,” Yarmuth said.
He said “the cost of one month in Iraq could extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which the president vetoed, to 10 million children of working families for a full year.”
And he concluded the recent Congressional Stimulus Package is not enough:
“We know we must do more,” he said, adding that Democrats are pushing for a second economic stimulus package to aid workers, their families and businesses.
I’ve been focusing a little more on the economy here in recent days because I think it is among the top issues of presidential election. Yes, getting out of Iraq will ease much of the strain, but in the interim average Americans are struggling and suffering.
We need a president who not only lead us out of Uraq as swiftly as possible but also one with a solid plan to fix the economy and provide health insurance for all, which the lack of has been shown to be another drain on the financial stability of the average American. I believe the best choice Democrats have in this election to fix the mess we are in is Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton has shown that she’s paying attention to the needs and concerns of the average American. She’s let them know she’s listening to them rather than write the struggling Americans off as “bitter” as Obama recently did. Obama in my opinion has shown a tin ear to the needs of Americans with his condescending statements and now he’s struggling to quell the fallout.