A Liberal Marines Progressive Perspective

Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Mr. President, Please Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Posted by Hello
Good morning once again to all. Looks like it's going to rain later on today. My topic of discussion today is actually a series of questions concerning homeland security and it's inadequate funding. How can we protect "the homeland", when the country is broke, thanks to the Presidents massive tax cuts? The President continues to fumble the ball when it comes to adequate funding, and here it is almost four years after the attacks on 9/11. Here is a link from the Bangor Daily News that addresses the issue in more detail, http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=108936. Here is a portion from the article:

"...President Bush's proposed budget worsens this problem by not specifically allocating money to the security of U.S. ports, rail lines and other non-aviation infrastructure".

Former Senator Warren Rudman’s think-tank released information, as far back as 28 June 2003-29 June 2003, stating that state and local authorities are sorely lacking the funds needed to adequately prepare for and counter any forthcoming terrorist attack or attacks on the United States; CNN link is as follows, http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/06/29/rudman.report/. How is it that the Bush Administration seems determined to promote unneeded and unwarranted tax cuts, while homeland security programs at the state/local level (seriously lacking in revenue) continue to languish in neglect? The questions are these: how is it that Bush can give away billions/trillions of dollars in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, while the homeland security program (especially at the state/local level), something the Bush Administration pushed when it realized how much political capital the concept was worth, is left dangerously under-funded? Why is the Bush Administration shoveling, at break-neck speed, money into the bank accounts of the wealthy instead of passing those resources on to the police officers and firefighters that are in desperate need of funding? The Seattle Times has syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne's op-ed article that examines this question, titled "President's Compassionate Conservatism Gone Astray", at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion. Really Mr. President, what’s more important in these perilous times? A huge tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, or protective equipment and gear for state and local authorities? Democrats must start asking these questions loudly and with strength. If we slam these questions home to the American public, they’ll get the point and begin asking the very same questions themselves! Semper Fidelis


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