June 05, 2006

Money and Tragedy beg for G.W. Bush's Attention Today

President George W. Bush is in the spotlight today. He is sending 6000 Guards to patrol the border (Read more). I am pleased to see action taking place that contributes to his agenda.

In other news, Bush is taking action in what I'd call social reform. The morality platform, if you will. I'm not saying this is bad, Lord knows we could use more morality in this country. But should the government define marriage? Marriage, first historically defined in the Bible as a man and a woman, meets a crossroads today. That is because President Bush is pushing the gay marriage ban this week. Is it the government's job to protect the original definition of marriage? Perhaps if we want to continue to call it “marriage”-- but perhaps the name might possibly change too, from "marriage" to "union". Should President Bush be spending a lot of time arguing about gay marriage? Definitely not! President Bush argues, "Government, by recognizing and protecting marriage, serves the interests of all." Marriage needs to be reformed, not redefined! Most of-age, consenting adults that I know choose to participate in friendly, casual cohabitations over joining together in marriage. While cohabitation is not ruining this country by any means, there should be far more incentive for couples to get married and stay married because strong evidence shows that children need both parents. In any case, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says the ban is protecting marriage, not redefining it. So there you go. There are slim hopes that the gay marriage ban will even become legislature. With that known, President Bush is still choosing to focus the "political spotlight" on the issue…... Perhaps to leave in the dark the many ails in Iraq?

More hushed is another piece of legislation Congress will see this week. It's Bush's HUGE record-size emergency spending bill to continue U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and to provide hurricane relief along the Gulf Coast, the USAToday reported today. Should relief money for the wreaked and impoverished Gulf Coast be thrown into legislation linked together with spending more money on Iraq and Afghanistan? Something to think about. Cleary though, more money is needed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Top headline today: Gunmen dressed in police uniforms have seized 50 people in Iraq, mostly retail workers. :( This follows yesterday's devastating news from Iraq, a complete tragedy that deserves our attention and mourning. Gunmen stopped two vans carrying students in the north of Baghdad yesterday and separated the Shiites from Sunni Arabs, killing the 21 Shiites "in the name of Islam," a witness said. Another witness said he heard one gunman say, "On behalf of Islam, today we will dig a mass grave for you. You are traitors." What a horrific tragedy. No matter if you like Bush or not, thank goodness for the freedom of religion in America. I'm just pleased to hear that in Iraq the Shiite and Sunni Arab children can be educated together. Hopefully America can step-up its protection for children to go to school.

Money money money! The list goes on. The Pentagon says it needs $66 billion of the above-mentioned emergency spending bill PRONTO or delays could begin to affect the war in Iraq. Let us pray it does not get any worse over there for our troops! President Bush expected the price of the bill hover at $92.2 billion. President Bush is also pushing for $2.3 billion to combat avian flu. Should we be afraid of that thing?! Bush must be scared! Homeland Security wants $1.8 billion more in 2007 than its’ 2006 budget. And lastly, here's a catch-22. The House is likely to send Bush a bill to raise indecency fines by ten times, to $325,000 per violation, for television and radio broadcasters. We sure need it, but it is truly pathetic!
Other big decisions are being made this week as well. Affirmative Action, anyone? A court will hear it this week. See story here. At least minorities and fellow-American students do not need to worry about being separated from their classmates and shot. Long live in the freedom of education and the freedom of religion. Keep it coming, George W. Bush!


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