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Gregg Not Gregarious To Obama

The Republican Party led by George Bush inherited a budget from Bill Clinton that not only was balanced but showed a surplus and by the time right wing conservatives got through with it, the surplus had been transformed into a trillion dollar mess with huge deficits in the budget. Doubling the national debt from $5 trillion to $11 Trillion did not elicit any charges of fiscal mismanagement from Republicans like Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. When President Bush proposed a stimulus package, the majority of Republicans voted for it. But, when President Obama urges a stimulus package, conservatives like Gregg suddenly find religion and demand fiscal responsibility. Senator Gregg, after agreeing to join the Obama Cabinet, decided he would not because of disagreements with the Democrats about deficits and spending.

Senator Gregg has every right to find fiscal religion and seek to be in favor of balanced budgets, but he was part of the Bush group that got America into trouble and he has a responsibility to work with the president. The Obama stimulus package has been in the news for weeks and when the president contacted him, the senator knew what was the direction of the Obama administration. One has to wonder if the entire matter was part of a Republican plan to embarrass the president.

Release Iraq Papers Says British Tribunal!

Nearly six years have passed since the decision by George Bush, and his friend, Ton Blair, to launch an invasion of Iraq. Bush has since offered various versions as to the reasons for invading from the once dominant WMD argument to the subsequent desire to bring democracy to the people of Iraq. But, no one has ever read what was said at Cabinet meetings in the United States or Great Britain. The Information Tribunal of the UK, has ordered that all documents related to the decision must be released to the public. “We have decided that the public interest in maintaining the confidentiality of the formal minutes of two Cabinet meetings at which ministers decided to commit forces to military action in Iraq did not… outweigh the public interest in disclosure.” The Tribunal admitted its decision was difficult, and not unanimous, but the truth had to be revealed.

The UK is now confronting the horror of what was perpetrated on the people of England and the United States. The Tribunal will delete from the information provided the public anything that might impair relations with other nations. British soldiers have died and the Tribunal believed it was time the reason for placing them in harm’s way was known to the nation.

The United States confronts a terrible economic crisis, but this can not be an excuse to prevent the American people from knowing what George Bush and his Cabinet said in deciding to send 4,000 Americans to their deaths.