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In Rahway; "Broken Hearts" For the Fallen

In Rahway, artist Jim McKeon is remembering fallen soldiers from the Iraq War with an unique war memorial to honor those killed and to mend “Broken Hearts”

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Memorial Day 2009; Remembering the "Faces Of The Fallen"

This Memorial Day as people gather to celebrate the beginning of the summer, lets not forget the 4,962 service men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedoms, while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is import that we remember the “Faces of the Fallen”. Those men and women, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our Country. 

To see and remember the latest heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice  in the service of our country, to protect and uphold each of our rights and freedoms, click>>> Here

Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day !

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Obama Wants To Halve Budget Deficit By End Of First Term

In an article posted on Yahoo News,  President Obama will be working to cut the federal budget deficit in halve by the end of his first term.

How does he plan to do this? Mostly by scaling back Iraq war spending, raising taxes on the wealthiest and streamlining government, an administration official.
According to the article: 
 “Obama hopes to achieve his deficit-reduction goal by generating savings as he follows through on three core campaign promises over the next four years.

He has pledged to wind down the Iraq war by withdrawing most combat troops within 16 months of taking office. He also has said he would let the temporary Bush tax cuts expire in 2011 for people making more than $250,000 a year, effectively raising taxes on those people. And, he has vowed to scale back spending and improve government efficiency by eliminating programs that don’t work.”
To me, it seems like a lofty goal given the current economic climate. He may be relying to much on the hope that the economic climate will change sooner rather than later, which would tend to follow Obama’s  personnal outlook of being an optimist. The President tends to see a glass half full rather than half empty.
I certainly hope that he is right and I wish him well because if the budget deficit is not brought under control soon the Nation will be looking at annual budget deficits of over a trillion dollars annually for many years to come.

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>Obama Wants To Halve Budget Deficit By End Of First Term

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In an article posted on Yahoo News,  President Obama will be working to cut the federal budget deficit in halve by the end of his first term.

How does he plan to do this? Mostly by scaling back Iraq war spending, raising taxes on the wealthiest and streamlining government, an administration official.
According to the article: 
 “Obama hopes to achieve his deficit-reduction goal by generating savings as he follows through on three core campaign promises over the next four years.

He has pledged to wind down the Iraq war by withdrawing most combat troops within 16 months of taking office. He also has said he would let the temporary Bush tax cuts expire in 2011 for people making more than $250,000 a year, effectively raising taxes on those people. And, he has vowed to scale back spending and improve government efficiency by eliminating programs that don’t work.”
To me, it seems like a lofty goal given the current economic climate. He may be relying to much on the hope that the economic climate will change sooner rather than later, which would tend to follow Obama’s  personnal outlook of being an optimist. The President tends to see a glass half full rather than half empty.
I certainly hope that he is right and I wish him well because if the budget deficit is not brought under control soon the Nation will be looking at annual budget deficits of over a trillion dollars annually for many years to come.

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Excerpts from Governor Corzine’s Press Conference in Iraq

Excerpts and images from Governor Corzine’s satellite press conference in Iraq.

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Excerpts from Governor Corzine’s Press Conference in Iraq

Excerpts and images from Governor Corzine’s satellite press conference in Iraq.

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Sen. Bernie Sanders  from Vermont has an interesting essay posted on the Hill’s Congress blog today. It outlines some of the failures of the past eight years and what will be waiting for Barack Obama when he takes office on January 20th. 

Sanders also lists a few initiatives that he will be working on in the Senate come the new year, it’s good stuff:

The next few months will be a pivotal period in the history of the United States and for much of the world. The Bush Administration, perhaps the most reactionary and incompetent that our country has ever seen, is leaving office after eight disastrous years. President Barack Obama and an increased Democratic majority take power amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The decisions that are made early on will send an important signal as to whether Obama’s campaign of “hope” and “change” will be seriously pursued and realized, or whether the power of the Big Money interests will persist — regardless of which president is in office or which party has the majority. Will a new president and a new and more Democratic Congress finally respond to the needs of the middle class and working families of our country, or will Wall Street, insurance and drug companies, the military-industrial-complex, the oil and coal companies, big media, and the other powerful special interests continue to hold sway?

Here are just a few of the issues that President Obama, the Congress and all Americans must confront:

The middle class is continuing its steep decline with unemployment soaring, and millions of people in danger of losing their homes, savings, and health insurance. The dream of a college education is fading away for many working families as college costs go up while incomes go down. This year, as a result of the economic downturn, the bailout of Wall Street, ongoing tax breaks for the very rich and the war in Iraq, our nation will have a record-breaking deficit and a huge $10.4 trillion national debt. The United States continues to have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country, and the most unequal distribution of wealth and income.

As a result of Wall Street greed, recklessness, and dishonesty, our entire financial system is in danger of collapsing. The taxpayers of this country have seen trillions of their dollars placed at risk in the largest bailout in world history.

Our incredibly inefficient health care system is disintegrating. Despite spending far more per capita than any other country, 47 million Americans have no health insurance. Even more are underinsured. And we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.


Finish reading Berinie Sanders’s blog posting >>>Here

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>Where Do We Go from Here?

>Sen. Bernie Sanders  from Vermont has an interesting essay posted on the Hill’s Congress blog today. It outlines some of the failures of the past eight years and what will be waiting for Barack Obama when he takes office on January 20th. 

Sanders also lists a few initiatives that he will be working on in the Senate come the new year, it’s good stuff:

The next few months will be a pivotal period in the history of the United States and for much of the world. The Bush Administration, perhaps the most reactionary and incompetent that our country has ever seen, is leaving office after eight disastrous years. President Barack Obama and an increased Democratic majority take power amidst the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The decisions that are made early on will send an important signal as to whether Obama’s campaign of “hope” and “change” will be seriously pursued and realized, or whether the power of the Big Money interests will persist — regardless of which president is in office or which party has the majority. Will a new president and a new and more Democratic Congress finally respond to the needs of the middle class and working families of our country, or will Wall Street, insurance and drug companies, the military-industrial-complex, the oil and coal companies, big media, and the other powerful special interests continue to hold sway?

Here are just a few of the issues that President Obama, the Congress and all Americans must confront:

The middle class is continuing its steep decline with unemployment soaring, and millions of people in danger of losing their homes, savings, and health insurance. The dream of a college education is fading away for many working families as college costs go up while incomes go down. This year, as a result of the economic downturn, the bailout of Wall Street, ongoing tax breaks for the very rich and the war in Iraq, our nation will have a record-breaking deficit and a huge $10.4 trillion national debt. The United States continues to have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country, and the most unequal distribution of wealth and income.

As a result of Wall Street greed, recklessness, and dishonesty, our entire financial system is in danger of collapsing. The taxpayers of this country have seen trillions of their dollars placed at risk in the largest bailout in world history.

Our incredibly inefficient health care system is disintegrating. Despite spending far more per capita than any other country, 47 million Americans have no health insurance. Even more are underinsured. And we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.


Finish reading Berinie Sanders’s blog posting >>>Here

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Raw Video: Troops in Iraq Celebrate Christmas

It’s nice to see that even in Iraq, the Christmas spirit is still alive and well.

British soldiers in Iraq prepared for Christmas on Monday by decorating their base in the southern city of Basra. Britain has around 4,500 troops in Iraq, most of them based at an airport camp on the outskirts of Basra. (Dec. 23)

Here’s a wish for a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year for all of the troops now stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. My your missions be accomplished and our return home to your families and country be imminent.  God Bless you all.

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Raw Video: Troops in Iraq Celebrate Christmas

It’s nice to see that even in Iraq, the Christmas spirit is still alive and well.

British soldiers in Iraq prepared for Christmas on Monday by decorating their base in the southern city of Basra. Britain has around 4,500 troops in Iraq, most of them based at an airport camp on the outskirts of Basra. (Dec. 23)

Here’s a wish for a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year for all of the troops now stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. My your missions be accomplished and our return home to your families and country be imminent.  God Bless you all. 

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