A Platform for Prosperity: Health Care Not Warfare
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 18:26
By PDA National Director Tim Carpenter
After bailing out the bazillionaires on Wall Street, and throwing billions at a bad war in Iraq and a failed war in Afghanistan, the GOP’s answer to the voters of America is austerity and more sacrifice for anyone earning under a hundred grand a year—and that’s most of us. We can kiss goodbye our jobs, home ownership, our children’s education, healthcare, Social Security, and a host of other necessities that generate prosperity.
Last week, President Obama echoed the Republican frame when he jumped into bed with the GOP to see who could force more austerity into the proposed budget by cutting the necessities on which millions of unemployed, poor, and middle-class workers depend. Any government aid to help average Americans is on the chopping block, from home-heating assistance to women’s healthcare, while the most wasteful and inflationary spending—the “defense” budget—is increased.
Two very good things happened in Washington last week, however. Rep. Barbara Lee reintroduced the "Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act" (H.R. 780) with 47 original cosponsors, and Rep. John Conyers reintroduced the "Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act" (HR 676) with 29 co-sponsors. NOW WE’RE COOKING WITH GAS!
PDA’s Healthcare NOT Warfare campaign targets wasteful, bloated and unnecessary war spending as a means to provide healthcare and other necessities to all Americans. Ending the Afghanistan War and providing Medicare for all would go a long way to reducing our budget deficit while meeting We the People’s needs.
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