Iraq War Leading Cause of Economic Skid

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.

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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2 Responses to Iraq War Leading Cause of Economic Skid

  1. Pamela: No question that you’ve voiced the viewpoint of many millions of Americans.

    For my part, I’d favor ending the bloodhsed in Iraq immediately even if we could afford to keep going. The Bush policy on Iraq is wrong on so many levels that it’s mind boggling.

  2. Janis says:

    Pamela, I’ll eat an ENTIRE BUFFET TABLE OF CROW if you will post this link:

    My God. My God in Heaven. This is what those hopey-changey happy-people are up against and they have no idea. They think it’ll be a cakewalk for their guy in the primary, and that he’ll just get into the White House with maybe a few more “tough questions” on the way, but hey no biggie he’ll do fine! And this is what’s waiting for them all. This. This ten-gauge shotgun blast to the forebrain.

    NOTHING will be left of Barack Obama under a pitiless blitzkrieg like this but some pixie dust and confetti. Nothing.

    *holds head in hands*

    This is what’s waiting for them. They have no idea. And they’ll walk right into the meatgrinder, and millions of people will lose their jobs and their LIVES and the entire planet will be plunged into a depression the likes of which they can’t even imagine because they had no idea what awaited them. God help us all.