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May 13, 2005

My take on things...

I'm awaiting Rumsfeld's list of military bases that are being considered for closure. This interests me because, and if I viewed the U.S. map correctly last night on NBC, there is only one base in PA that is being considered. This interests me because this is where the Presidents (note the plural there) land when they are visiting the Pittsburgh area.

Why does this interest me? Well, cost cutting measures primarily. I know a few things about this issue, just a few, but what I want to know is if the war in Iraq has anything to do with this. Now, brace yourselves, I want us out of there too. Oh, I've supported this from the beginning, but I hear those reports of attacks and deaths of our guys, and I don't like it either. I don't like all this money being spent on Iraq anymore than those on the "other side." I agree that we need to get out of there, and fast, but somehow I get the impression that the ones who want us to go the most are the ones holding us up. By that I mean the insurgents. They want us gone, fine, so quit farting around and let us go already.

Perhaps it is the mother in me, you know, getting irritated by a dawdling kid, but if those insurgents would cool it and give us a chance to get out...but the more they blow themselves up and blow other people up, how can we leave? Damned if you do, damned if you don't.


So, John Bolton doesn't have an endorsement. Okay, I heard a bit of what Voinovich said. And I read in my National Review (yes, I read that) that Bolton "kissed butt and kicked down" while he was in the State dept. Well, so? Who doesn't do that in the work place? Haven't we all known some brown noser who would shoot you as soon as look at you to get ahead of you? Maybe it's just my goofy way of thinking here, but I don't see how Bolton's actions are so suspect. I guess different rules apply to the high profile jobs?


I read an article from my "hometown" newspaper this morning about a retiree who went to D.C. to protest the Social Security reforms, and now the Senator from that area is not happy. Apparently, this retiree was on a nation wide conference call... Okay. This man is retired, but is concerned about his kids (one of whom I went to school with) and his grandchildren. Well, I don't know why the Senator is so up in arms about this man from his district speaking out. The political affiliation of the retiree wasn't given, but he got involved through MoveOn.org. Okay. The Senator is Republican. Okay too.

So why is the Senator so miffed? Doesn't this retired gentleman have the right to speak his mind? The Social Security issue is one more issue I'm not well informed on, so I don't have much of an opinion about it, and I didn't pay in to the system long enough before I stopped working. But I do know that future recipients have the right to have a say.

I've commented before, and fallen into, the whole verbal "shooting match" over stuff, and I have to say that the PA Senator had better cool it. Let this gentleman have his say, but don't go firing off at him. I've at least learned that from all my experiences.

But, didn't Bill Clinton, while in office, make a comment regarding Social Security? That it was in trouble?

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