It all comes back to the lies. Without the Bush administration's campaign to mislead the American people into supporting the invasion of Iraq, so much might be different--there'd be billions more for schoolkids and families and commuters and sick people and old folks. There'd be 2,000 less families mourning the loss of their children.
If you need to be reminded of what's been neglected, you need only read the resolution calling for an end to the war--and more--passed this week by the Chapel Hill Town Council.
Here's the text of that resolution:
A Resolution Calling for New Federal Priorities
WHEREAS federal administration priorities and policies have led to de facto unfunded mandates on local governments, such as:
WHEREAS the war in Iraq is siphoning billions of dollars from the U.S. economy and straining the fiscal health of our federal, state and local governments, and
WHEREAS no-bid contracts to major corporations for reconstruction in the southeast United States and Iraq undermine the trust of citizens in the integrity of government, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Town Council that Council hereby petitions the Bush Administration and Congress to immediantly end the war in Iraq, re-establish a progressive tax code, end favoritism toward corporate interests, develop responsible policies focused on renewable energy, and commit to priorities that reflect the common good.