The federal budget President Bush proposes for 2009 begins a program of cutting 196 billion dollars from Medicare health care benefits for the elderly and extremely impoverished Americans.
Why would the Republicans do such a cruel thing? Well, part of that money taken away from Medicare will go to pay for policies that make rich Americans even richer.
But, some of the money the Republicans will save by cutting Medicare benefits for senior citizens will go to pay for something even more inhumane. The Republicans propose using some of the money taken away from Medicare to pay for a new generation of nuclear bombs.
What do we need new nuclear weapons for? Terrorists cannot be defeated with nuclear missiles. Nuclear weapons are designed to kill civilians by destroying entire cities, vaporizing them, melting them, burning them into nothing more than radioactive cinder and ash.
These are the moral values of the Republican party: Less medicine for the sick, and more nuclear weapons to kill people by the millions.
This isn’t about getting tough, or being fiscally conservative. It’s inhumane. It’s just plain insane.
The Republican Party agenda, led now by George W. Bush, and to be continued by John McCain, leads on a path of fear and destruction.
America can do better. We must do better.