Letter to Goode
While dwelling in my head for a while now, this letter was prompted by a story I heard on the Radio (I enjoy NPR by the way). Note: this is a three point message.
All Things Considered, February 8, 2006 · The Bush administration has canceled funding for the most ambitious study of children’s health ever designed — prompting outrage among scientists and public health officials. The study was to investigate the causes of widespread obesity and asthma, among other childrens’ health problems.
This struck me as odd, and a bad idea. I do not support the cutting a study that could lead to government savings in the billions of dollars in the future. It is poor management to consider cutting the funding to a project like this.
I also read this following bit in a Yahoo news article.
“Republicans believe the poor and everyone else benefit from a growing and thriving economy, which is fed by capital investment,” says Republican pollster Whit Ayres. “Democrats believe that the poor are best served by larger and larger government payments. The Republicans have won that clash of ideas fairly consistently since Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. There’s no reason to think they can’t win that same argument again.”
http://tinyurl.com/7ruv8 This will lead you to the story mentioned.
Republicans have won the chance to act on these principles, but are Republicans acting on them?
I try to keep an open mind to ideas about how to run government, and here the Republicans have had an excellent opportunity to actually push the agenda of shrinking government, simply because Republicans own a majority, period.
But that is not what I see is happening. Republicans are not doing what they claim to want to do.
What I see is the creation of various crises through poor planning by the government. The war in Iraq comes to mind, as well as a catastrophic response to Hurricane Katrina (who cares at what level of government) and now the inattention to the problems of mass border crossings, all of these have provided a way to get our tax dollars into the hands of our President’s dear friends.
The Republicans have failed. The Republicans have squandered an opportunity to show us what a Republican party can do to help Americans. The Republicans have done nothing to shrink the size of government, but rather have only directed Government money into the hands of Halliburton and its subsidiaries.
By stirring a pot of fear and loathing, the mouth pieces in the media and officials in Washington have accomplished little but to create a situation where my tax dollars fund big business.
In addition I point to:
By RACHEL L. SWARNS, the New York Times
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth up to $385 million for building temporary immigration detention centers to Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary that has been criticized for overcharging the Pentagon for its work in Iraq.
KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space, company executives said.
Ignoring the part about new programs ( which just prooves my point)…
A most frightening prospect of this “Detention Center” is that it is designated to also house Americans in the event of a natural disaster? What? Is this where you (the Government) are going to put all the poor people who don’t have a safety net (yes read black people here) when another New Orleans takes place?
Please listen. I am pro-capitalism. I believe that a business survives on the merits of its business practices. This means not getting a lot of hand outs from tax dollars or tax cuts. Our dollars should go to advancing research, infrastructure, and the venues for business and commerce, as well as the advancement of personal expansion and growth, and education to fight drugs and disease.
While some businesses are currently thriving in our economy, a number of them are doing so with an ever increased size of government. Nay, on account of an ever increased size of government. These businesses would not thrive withouts the handouts offered to them in the form of Government contracts, and weapons orders, and disaster after disaster.
Do all these handouts to business take place at the expense of little children struggling for breath.
I hope you see the error in this situation, and take action to correct it.
P.S. And this is actually the most important part.
I am not pro-secrecy. We have a duty to the men and women dying to protect our constitution to be absolutely sure that our President is not violating that same constitution. And, that when they come home from war, there will be an America to come home to. And I mean that.
Ignorance will be the death of our democracy. We must always be vigilant that our constitution is honored, protected, and respected. I want you to know for sure, not just be told; I want you to know what is really happening with the “Terrorist Spying Program”. And if our President has broken the law, I want him held accountable. I do not believe that he can ignore FISA. That is a call that you will have to make.
Best of luck in your decisions