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Friday, June 24, 2011

All we need is facts


Why can't we just accept the data or general accepted facts, without trying to manipulate them to make one side look bad and hide the mistakes of the other? Do we have to rehash the previous eight years or the Iraq war every time, just to get on a level playing field?

I'm a strong Barack Obama supporter, but I don't accept his definition of " Not an operation of hostility" when he's trying to circumvent the War Powers Act in Libya, and I think he's trying to do an end run around supporting gay marriage by saying “It’s a state issue." The recent decision to use our oil reserves is just a political gimmick. The release of those 30 million barrels of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) will only make matters worse, in the long run. Those are undisputed facts that cannot be spun, and they shouldn't be. I never expected this president or the ones that will follow, to be 100% correct each and every time.

Today, John Boehner wrote a letter to the president but then called a press conference to  reveal the details of the letter. Speaker Boehner said""It is my hope that you will provide the American people and Congress a clear and robust assessment of the scope, objective, and purpose of our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved." I agree Mr. Boehner, if only you would've said that before the ill advised invasion of Iraq. Today, Speaker Boehner, you allowed the House of Representatives to vote to defund the war in Libya. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful, but I wonder if that action would've been taken if we had a republican president?

A poster complained about the unemployment rate and the nation's debt on my VA blog. That was a reasonable complaint, but that poster forgot that the previous administration passed a seven trillion dollar prescription drug bill, two tax cuts for the wealthy, and conducted two wars off budget and did not pay for  any of them. Do they think that this did not add to the deficit and the debt? Was president Obama supposed to come in and pay those bills and still have money for growth? I don't expect the Republican Party to give present Obama any credit for averting a depression, but they don't have to manipulate the data to make it look like it all happened after January 20, 2009.

I wonder if those republicans are really that naive, and do they think they are infallible, or do they have a penchant for lying? I understand spin and I can spin with the best of them, but I'm not one of the 535 members of Congress. How can a sensible person think that we don't have to increase revenues in trying to have a balanced remedy?

Don’t let the emotions of hate override common sense and civility.

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