An Obama Limerick by Ed Ciaccio

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by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
June 29, 2009

Our President, Mr. Obama,
Governs with cool, never drama.
His sweet words can thrill,
But his policies kill.
Fine language won’t hide bloody trauma.

Pakistan Calls for End to Drone Strikes After US Attack on Funeral http://news.antiwar.com/2009/06/25/pakistan-expresses-concern-after-us-drone-attack-on-funeral/

687 civilians have been killed in 60 drone strikes since January 2008

“Since early 2009, Barack Obama administration officials have been claiming that the predator attacks in Pakistan have killed nine of 20 top al Qaeda officials, but they have refused to disclose how many civilians have been killed in the strikes.

In April, The News, a newspaper in Lahore, Pakistan, published figures provided by Pakistani officials indicating that 687 civilians have been killed along with 14 al Qaeda leaders in some 60 drone strikes since January 2008 – just over 50 civilians killed for every al Qaeda leader.”

(CIA Secrecy on Drone Attacks Data Hides Abuses by Gareth Porter http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2009/06/12/cia-secrecy-on-drone-attacks-data-hides-abuses/)

60 Americans die every day from lack of health insurance

22,000 Americans die every year from lack of health insurance. That is an average of 60 preventable, avoidable deaths every day (study from the Urban Institute: Uninsured and Dying Because of It: Updating the Institute of Medicine Analysis on the Impact of Uninsurance on Mortality. http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/411588_uninsured_dying.pdf)

President Obama, as head of the Democratic Party, must tell House Speaker Pelosi, House Majority Leader Hoyer, House Majority Whip Clyburn, and Senate Majority Leader Reid, loudly and clearly:

“If there is no public option health care plan, any health care ‘reform’ bill arriving on my desk for my signature will be D.O.A.”

That means WE must tell Obama that same message: no health reform without a public option. And the only public plan that truly includes everyone and saves money is single-payer: H.R. 676 and S. 703.

Contact the White House now! http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Contact your Representative and two Senators now! 202-224-312

see

Deadly Reasons to Oust Incumbents in 2010 By Ed Ciaccio

Deadly US air-strike on Afghan village

Obama’s Emerging Legacy: Wars, Bankers and For-Profit Healthcare by Glen Ford

No Reason to Favor Private Health Insurers by Joel S. Hirschhorn

Imran Khan on US Drone Attacks

Like Killing Flies by Bruce Gagnon

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