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"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

I know what you are thinking--what dirty, but rotten godless socialistic liberal scumbag said this? Well, it was the champion of conservatives across the land, General Dwight D. Eisenhower on April 16, 1953 before the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Read that quote again, after all President Eisenhower's administration was during America's Golden Years. Does today's Tea Party rhetoric match these words?

In 2009, unemployment for the age bracket 16-24 year-olds was 19 percent, for the prime working years of 25-44 it was 19.7 percent. The highest figures since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking data in 1948. The Stimulus Fund was originally designed to go toward infrastructure improvements exclusively. Thanks to Republican obstructionism only a portion did, hence robbing jobs from you.

In "U.S. Foreclosures May Rise to 3 Million This Year," Jan 14, 2010 by Dan Levy, we see the free fall of the housing industry. Be thankful, Iowa's Ted Miller is launching a nationwide investigation of robo foreclosures. The (Republican) 1994 Contract with America, created restrictions for legal assistance during foreclosures, Legal Services Corporation was banned from brining class-action suits and prohibited from suing for attorney fees, allowing big banks to run appeal after appeal completely bankrupting claimants. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, an estimated 1.5 million children are homeless in America, which is one out of five. With regret Republicans and a portion of Democrats continue to support Big Businesses' interest over the American citizen. The Fair Elections Now Act, H.R. 1826 would eliminate corporate funding in elections preventing this.

Think before you vote, do you want the conservatism of Eisenhower, now represented by the Democrats, or do you want the tea party libertarianism of the Koch brothers, where wealth is righteous and death becomes the poor?

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Anthony J. Gerst, is an author/columnist and activist. He resides near the confluence of the Iowa and Mississippi Rivers. His favorite author, Mark Twain, was an editor for the Muscatine Journal near where he lives. Mr. Gerst has offered (more...)

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