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How Many Bridges Can You Repair with a Trillion Dollars?
Bush is visiting the site of a bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis tomorrow. He and Cheney and Congress have spent $488 billion on the illegal occupation of Iraq, which works out to $10.7 billion from Minnesota, or $1.2 billion from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Think you could fix a bridge with that? These are the most conservative possible figures, excluding future costs already budgeted, excluding interest on debt created, excluding lost benefits of having put these funds to positive use. Most estimates of the cost of this occupation fall between 1 and 2 trillion dollars. Also excluded is the cost in human life and the greater peril this occupation has put all of us in.
Suggested slogans for posters, banners, ads behind airplanes, etc.:
Fund Bridges, not Wars
We Want Our Billion Dollars and Our Troops Back
Build This Country, Stop Bombing Others
New York, New Orleans, and Minneapolis Thank Bush and Cheney
This Is Your Nation With Impeachment off the Table
Impeach Bush for Blowing the Job
Get Tough on Crime: Impeach W and Dick
Now Can We Impeach?
Impeach Cheney and Bush
Business Before Pleasure: Impeach Cheney First
Rule of Law or Rule of Cheney: Time to Choose
Impeach the Son of a Bush
Regime Change Begins at Home
The End Is Near: Article II, Section 4
Nixon Ignored Subpoenas Too
Impeach for Peace
Impeachment Is the Only Exit Strategy
Benching Bush Is the Only Benchmark
PS: I saw a post somewhere that said this is "using a tragedy for political gain." That is a disgusting way to stifle citizen activism. People hid under their beds for a year after 9-11. Our government allowed New Orleans to drown, and we didn't take over the streets of Washington. The point is to put a halt to the tragedies, not to disrespect their victims. There is an ongoing tragedy every single day in Iraq. Waiting until Bush and Cheney miraculously decide to stop killing people, and then protesting what they were doing just doesn't cut it. The time to protest is now. The time to draw connections between a trillion wasted dollars and crumbling bridges is during the few seconds the cameras are aimed at a bridge.