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The last eight years have been a devastating time, not just for
my family and my community, but for our entire country.
Thanks to Republican deregulation of the services that Americans
rely on — oil and gas, mortgage lending, communication
corporations, the insurance industry — costs of sustaining our
homes and caring for our families have skyrocketed.
President Bush’s stimulus plan masked the economic crises our
country is facing. I’m willing to pay taxes, as long as that money
gets to the classrooms, to police and fire personnel who ensure our
safety, to protecting the environment, to building, maintaining and
improving our roads, bridges, and levies.
Under the leadership of a conservative president, we’re paying
more than ever, and getting less than ever. Sen. McCain promises to
keep the $10 billion-a-month drain open and continue sacrificing
the lives of our sons and daughters to protect the 2,300 American
petroleum companies banking on Iraq oil and financing Republican
Despite all that we have spent, we are even less safe than
before. Osama Bin Laden still runs free, celebrating the death of
his archenemy, Saddam Hussein, and the collapse of the American
My husband is a rocket scientist for a leading defense
contractor. Since we invaded Iraq — the country that had nothing to
do with 9/11 — five years ago, defense programs and contracts have
been dramatically cut. Congress can’t afford to invest in new
technologies and security development. Our military resources are
at an all-time low, and so is the morale of our servicemen and
These aren’t indicators of a strong national defense. These are
the signs of strategic failure and flawed priorities. Just as it
has taken us years to see the consequences of dismantling our
regulatory programs, it will take time to feel the effects of
depleting our military. But it is coming.
As North Korea and Iran become emboldened, we will not have the
surveillance satellites, the machinery, the intelligence, the
personnel, and especially not the diplomacy and international
regard we had just 10 years ago.
It should be quite noteworthy that the Defense Daily
publication, citing the Federal Election Commission, reported that
Sen. Obama exceeded McCain in donations from defense aerospace
Now with our economy in a shambles and a national treasury
plundered, Bush is asking taxpayers to bail out AIG.
Have we lost our minds?
When family farms asked for assistance, they were given the line
called “free market principles.” Then, Republicans couldn’t secure
our food supply, but now they are willing to spend your tax dollars
to rescue private financial institutions.
Bankruptcies, unemployment, drop-out rates and foreclosures are
at an all-time high and and still the fiscally reckless Republicans
threaten that Obama is going to cost us.
It is the Republicans who have the long history of growing big
government and waging expensive wars. The only president to balance
the budget in the last two decades has been a “tax and spend”
liberal. Remember that on Election Day.
During the brief time Republicans held the majority in Congress
and the presidency, they consistently increased government spending
and simultaneously sold out the American people to corporate
lobbyists and CEO cronies for personal and political gain — all of
which led to a record number of indictments and prison terms.
The numbers can be twisted, the lies repeated, but for those of
us who haven’t gone numb in front of Fox television, we acknowledge
the ongoing failure of Republican leadership.
Republicans know the score, so they were quite adept at shifting
attention toward some lady from Alaska. McCain’s advisers finally
found the balance to the candidate’s history of inaction with Gov.
Palin’s drama, sparkle, and scandal.
The Republicans are gambling on their assumption that the
American people are shallow and gullible. Their campaign team,
loaded with pricey oil lobbyists, is hoping that you, the citizens
of this country, will pay closer attention to seedy headlines than
your energy bills, gas tanks, or your children’s future.
While the “fiscal conservatives” continue to deregulate our
economic safeguards, religious fundamentalists like Palin threaten
our personal liberties. The only McCain/Palin plan for Washington
reform we will see is the regulation of our bodies and our
I’m a soccer mom from the suburbs and I’m hoping this small
voice can be heard too. I vote, I pay taxes, and I’m fed up with
the Republican way of life. My vote goes to Barack Obama and Joe
Biden and public policies that actually serve the public.
I’m saying yes to bringing our troops home; ending No Child Left
Behind; realizing energy independence; creating an affordable
health care system; renewing international diplomacy; restoring our
national defense; cutting taxes on the middle class; and returning
to fiscal responsibility. Anyone who is sick enough to agree to
another four years of sell outs and corporate fraud either
swallowed the Republican fear pill, is afraid of a Harvard man with
a black father, or simply isn’t paying attention.
Barack Obama understands, as we all must, that it is not just
one man who will make the difference, but an entire country willing
to finally stand up and say, “We expect more. We are better than
It’s time. It’s more than time.
Angela Engel, a Centennial resident, was a 2006 Democratic
candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives.
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