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Your Choice America, War or Economic Survival; You Can't Have Both

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Make your choice America and choose wisely because your decision will determine the ultimate fate of this nation. The choices are quite clear. We can choose the Washington Establishment's agenda of perpetual war or we can totally reject unnecessary wars and rebuild the economic foundation of America. There is only one choice; we cannot have it both ways.

By now every American should be well aware of the breadth and depth of our nation's economic crisis. We should also fully understand that our deep recession is not just the typical economic cycle; i.e., economic prosperity comes, it goes, and repeats again; we have highs and then lows. So, recessions come and go and they, typically, end after two or three years. Not this time, though; this time our economy lies in a comatose state and even the most respected economists can't begin to determine how or when it will, or even can, recover.

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Under these extremely dire conditions our government acts like it's business as usual and continues to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the worldwide network of more than 750 military installations. Our military leaders and our very inexperienced Commander-In-Chief Obama, think that they can have it both ways, but they will soon have to come to the stark realization that it is an unsustainable agenda.

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Here is just how grave our current situation is: America's total national debit is approaching $13.5 trillion. The U.S. budget deficit for the year 2010 is projected to be at least $1.75 trillion and, believe it or not, it doesn't even include the Pentagon budget of $640 billion or the monumental ongoing costs of conducting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those two wars have cost America over $1 trillion to date and we're still counting.

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