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Support Said Growing for Iraq Exit Plan

By STEVE HARTSOE, Associated Press Writer

Congressman Walter Jones said Thursday he has about 50 co-sponsors on a joint resolution that calls on President Bush to announce by year's end a plan for withdrawal from Iraq.

The resolution — introduced in June by Jones, another Republican and two Democrats — calls on the president to begin executing the withdrawal by Oct. 1, 2006. It does not set an end date.

"I think that people have finally understood what we're doing," Jones said after a meeting at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, noting that people have mistakenly thought the resolution was binding.

The initial resolution sponsors are Ron Paul, R-Texas, who voted against the war, and two Democrats who have opposed it, Reps. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii. Jones said the new supporters include five Republicans.

It is the first such resolution put forth by lawmakers from both parties, although an overwhelming number of Democrats and six House Republicans voted in 2002 against sending troops to Iraq.

Jones said the reason for going to war — Saddam Hussein's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction — has been proven false.

"If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have supported the resolution," said Jones, who had coined the term "freedom fries" as a show of support for the war in Iraq.

He said that if numbers are accurate that between 75,000 and 100,000 Iraqis have been trained as soldiers and police, then it's approaching time for the country to start defending itself.

Jones said he has sent letters to families of fallen troops. He's also met with family members of troops killed in Iraq, including with Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who was sitting outside President Bush's ranch in Texas to protest the war. Sheehan left the ranch Thursday because her mother suffered a stroke.

He said the meeting about six weeks ago, which included other families who had lost loved ones, was emotional, and that Sheehan didn't say anything about going to Texas.

"You know, that's her right. I think anybody that's lost a loved one, who feels that we should be there long or not be there long, they should have that right to express it," Jones said.


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but Walter Jones is one of the few Repubicans I would consider voting for. At least he has the compassion for the soldiers he has sent to war. At least he sees reality. War is war to him. And at least he has the guts to stand up to this administration and tell it like it is.

Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican
By John Gray Cincinnati, Ohio -
July - 2004

Joe gets up at 6:00am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure their safety and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; his bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It's noon time, Joe needs to make a Bank Deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten Mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dad's; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

He turns on a radio talk show, and the host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn't tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.) Joe agrees, "We don't need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I'm a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have".

Fire Karl Rove!
Hang Abramoff!
Indict, indict, indict!!!strong>


Joe got his pay check today and half of it went to government, so next time Joe is at the store he buys a generic six pack of beer instead of the premium brew he really enjoys; Joe is pissed.

Now that the Republicans control the Whit House, congress and the courts, why is there no effort to down size the bloated federal government, why is deficit spending going through the roof, why are we in a no win war with a country that only threatened us in George Bush's wet dreams? I do not know why you liberal Democrats are complaining, little George Stupid is giving you everything you want, and a war to boot.

A gutless congress is now trying to pass the buck to the president for ending Iraq war, we are going to pass a resolution, we are calling on the president.... The president can not wage war without congress. If congress wants to stop the war they do not need to ask the president permission! Congress controls the money, el presidente can not wage war without money, CONGRESS, GET OFF YOUR COLLECTIVE BUTS AND CUT THE FUNDING! Congress can end this war any time it wants and they do not need to ask the presidents permission. Congress does not need little George's cooperation in ending this war, all they need to do is grow some cajones and do there job. Congress cut the funding and end this insanely stupid war!

Or why not simply rescind the original resolution whereby they abdicated their war-making power to Bush in the first place.

With a few honorable exceptions, this Congress (both sides of the aisle) is nearly as big a disgrace to their offices as Bush, Cheney and the rest of the administration's PNAC crew are to theirs.

Yes, I am amazed how many Democrats continue to support BushCo and when questioned or challenged with facts give the same answers as the Republicans.

I guess I go back to an argument I made in an earlier post where I asked the question, "Who is to say a Democrat can't be a PNAC supporter?"

If we take a starting point of World War II, can we make the argument that there were two main "US involvement" groups? 1. The "Reds" (Communists & Socialists) that wanted to defend the USSR and France
from German Fascist overthrow. 2. The "American Fascists" that wanted to defend British Fascism from German Fascist overthrow
(Germans aren't the Supermen, WE (WASPs) are the Supermen)

Immedately after WWII, the American Fascists launched an all out propanda war against the "Communists" with the aid of the NAZI scientists/propagandists the US smuggled in under "Operation Paperclip." This was under Eisenhower who warned us of a "shadow goverment" financed by the weatlh of the military-industral-complex.

1950s & 1960s - Total "Anti-Communist" movement. Americans were no longer allowed to experiment with Marxist economic systems.
(I was scared to death the first time I bought a copy of the Communist Manifesto. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about, but I just knew "guys in trenchcoats" would come for me. Silly, but true, I was really scared.)

1970s & 1980s - Total "Anti-Socialist" movement. Americans were no longer allowed to experiment with "Share the Wealth" economic systems or social welfare programs.

1990s-2000 - Total "Anti-Liberal" movement. Americans are no longer allowed to experiment with "Social Tolerance" programs. "Zero Tolerance Policies and Procedures" permeated society from the public schools to the corporate work environment. Much of this under the guise of "The War on Drugs." (Perhaps a Machiavellian tactic?)

So, while I was watching "The Men Who Killed Kennedy - The Final Chapter" the other night, I just really had to ask myself, was there a Coupe d'Etat of the Democratic party and subsequent purge of Socialists during the 1960s? Is that why folks like Jimmy Carter and Terry Sanford were so "demonized" by their own party? Did Lyndon B. Johnson, who's corrupt business dealings in Texas are still legendary, make a "deal?"

Now we are in a war and our only allies are Britain and Israel. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is not very happy with us. We are lead by BushCo and are following a doctrine of "Complete Spectrum Dominance" of the PNAC "New American Century Plan" with a sub-theme of "We hate the United Nations."

So, who is Congress listening to? The People or the "Bosses?"

"My mother cried
When President Kennedy died
She said it was the Communists
But I knew better"
- Born in the 50s - The Police


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