Smashing the debt ceiling

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 1:03 PM
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  • Can't argue with this one. Not only stealing from mom and dad but from children as well. Obama said in speech yesterday that he is willing to forgive 2 billion in Egypt's debt. The Us has to change it's position of trying to "bribe" other countries into a relationship using money that we don't have ourselves and instead act like a true friend and respect differences of other countries. While we may not agree with them, we must start to acknowledge their right to be different...Very hard when human rights we treasure so much here are involved but in alignment with NATO and the UN must at least take group attitude and not act as a super power all the time as before we know it that dollar will collapse completely and we will just be like a super sized Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and now maybe Spain. It would seem that we would learn a lesson from these other country's mistakes...

    Can't buy friendship or even true allegances and proof of that has surfaced recently in Pakistan. there are some gov officials in Pakistan who are in agreement with us but paying all that money hasn't done what the US wanted.

    Time to pour more money into education and research here at home so again we can be competitive in innovative ideas and such. When Kennedy initiated the space race and poured money into NSF, out came scientists and engineers ready to invent and innovate. Now those are starting to retire and we are starting to hire from outside the US to take their place. We just don't have enough of them here who are qualified. Even Bill Gates's largest R and D center is now in China. Individuals and smart business men doing well here yet but our government's choices have not been so good...More maneuvering and less investing in our own student's education from K right on up through grad schools.

    Don't get me wrong. Today it's important to be engaged with the rest of the world but our method is flawed. Prepare our own to beat the competition instead of regulating to keep others out of the running in equal race. Alqaeda will do us more harm economically at the end of the day with bad PR than with bombs. already we have spent so much on "homeland security" that in hindsight could have been used in true steps towards respect instead of buying friendship which many in Arab world see right through. even now we are hard line on some dictators and not so on other who sell us oil....

    We keep ignoring massacres in Israel and ghetto like sectioning of the Palestinians just because we were part of Churchill's gift to Jews of a country that was then occupied by England and not his to give. to step in and be fair to both sides would be to admit that our part in it all was just to shove the Jews out of the way to some remote place so we didn't have to deal with them.

    WE don't seem to learn from our mistakes of the past but the Arab world hasn't forgotten them and are tired of waiting for a fair solution. our acting fairly in Israel, Gaza and the Left Bank would do a whole lot more with regard to US relationship in Middle East than all the bribe money paid to other countries over there.

    Am I anti semetic? Not by a long shot, but currently the Israeli government is making decisions that are no more "Jewish" or religious than some of what our "Christian" government does.

    And still we keep spending money and at same time supporting the oppression of Palestinians while we claim to be friends of the Arab world. WE cannot be surprised when Pakistan is doing the same towards us.

    Have a good day.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, May 20, 2011, at 9:22 AM
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