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Thread #62901   Message #1492423
Posted By: Amos
24-May-05 - 09:09 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
In Senator Robert Byrd's (no GWB lover there) book "Losing
America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency", he
quotes a speech that president Dwigh Eisenhower gave on April
16, 1953 to the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Whether
one agrees with GWB's policies or not and, in spite of the
fact that, at today's prices, the monies are grosly
understated, I agree with Byrd that the words "are as timely
today as they were over fifty years ago":

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocker
fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those wgo
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. The cost of one midern heavy bomber is
this: a modern brick school in more than thirty cities. It is
two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000
population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is
some fifty miles of concrete highway. We pay for a songle
fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for
a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more
than 8,000 people."

And they said that he wasn't eloquent!

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