Kucinich: Why is it we have Finite Resources for Health Care but Unlimited Money for War?

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Kucinich: Why is it we have Finite Resources for Health Care but Unlimited Money for War?

by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Nov 6, 2009

Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representative, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement:

“Why is it we have finite resources for health care but unlimited money for war?

“The inequities in our economy are piling up: trillions for war, trillions for Wall Street and tens of billions for the insurance companies. Banks and other corporations are sitting on piles of cash of taxpayer’s money while firing workers, cutting pay and denying small businesses money to survive.

“People are losing their homes, their jobs, their health, their investments, their retirement security; yet there is unlimited money for war, Wall Street and insurance companies, but very little money for jobs on Main Street.

“Unlimited money to blow up things in Iraq and Afghanistan, and relatively little money to build things in the US.

“The Administration may soon bring to Congress a request for an additional $50 billion for war. I can tell you that a Democratic version of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is no more acceptable than a Republican version of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Trillions for war and Wall Street, billions for insurance companies… When we were promised change, we weren’t thinking that we give a dollar and get back two cents.”

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22 thoughts on “Kucinich: Why is it we have Finite Resources for Health Care but Unlimited Money for War?

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  4. Oh, BTW, that photo here, on the right.
    “End the endless wars”
    Those people are getting EXERCISE, that’s about it!
    Like I said, stopping war will cost MONEY!
    Get yourself a lobbyist. Get hooked up into the political pipeline. Start tossing around boxes full of cash, and learning which ass to kiss, and who is calling the shots there.
    Then, MAYBE, you might be able to bribe somebody to actually stop this particular war.
    But, remember, the arms companies will be pissed as hell, and these are spooky people who have guns with nightscopes and silencers! Not a good thing, when you fool around with their money supply, trust me here!
    Besides, they will out-spend you, and just create a new war. Who will it be? North Korea? Maybe we’ll need to liberate the oppressed people of the Sudan! Could be a Russian nuke surfaces, and ends up in the wrong hands!
    Who can say for sure? Spin the wheel-O-destruction, and see what country it lands on. Then, push the button, and start the magic 8-ball spinning, to find out what lunatic reason they will use, to justify the next war. Terror? Maybe bio-hazards? How about the old “axis of evil” excuse? That was my personal favorite!
    I laugh at this silliness. Of course, I have been watching it my whole life. What the hell was it at first? Korean war? What was that, for communism? Then, Vietnam. More communism, again? Boy, those commies!
    Then what? Cold war. Then, star wars. Ohhh, I liked that. Death rays from outer space! YES!!!!!!!! That’s a really good one. I’m pissed that we never got to see the death rays on CNN!
    Ok, and what was next? Then we had drug war. Next, was some crap in the Balkins. Remember? Then, the first Gulf war.
    You see what I mean? it goes on forever!
    Personally, I just laugh at the whole thing. Death rays!
    Axis of evil. Yellowcake uranium. Aluminum tubes!
    It’s like watching the mentally ill, counting everything in groups of three, as they eat!
    Ya’ gotta laugh, at the sheer foolishness of it all!

  5. And, NO, you fool, the wars won’t be stopping anytime soon, because the arms companies PAID big bucks to have these wars. They want to sell their military trash, and they can’t do that without wars.
    In fact, they already have the new wars planned out, and are just waiting for more soldiers to apply!
    It’s been this way my whole life, and I’m 50, so i suggest you either get used to it, or else make like the Almish and turn the TV and radio off, and stop reading about war.
    It AIN’T going away, anytime soon!
    Here’s what you can do, if you want to stop the wars.
    Hire a lobbyist, and pay a BIGGER bribe than all the war product manufacturers! Since they have billions of dollars and you are basically a worker bee, well…I don’t see that happening anytime soon! Do you?
    Seriously, you would have an easier time stopping the sun from shining, than you would stopping wars.
    At least the sun would listen to common sense, if you talked to it. The government will only respond to bribes and little page boys!

  6. War happens because the companies that produce war products pay bribes to the government. Ordinary citizens don’t pay bribes, so they get nothing!
    If you want a government handout, it’s easy. Just hire a lobbyist, pay a bribe, and then sit back while they back the truck full of money up to your front door!
    I’m surprised that you people don’t understand this by now! Hell, it’s been this way all of your life!
    Government bribes=handouts for U! Remember that!

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  8. as long as the Mainstreet americain admires the extreme inequality of income instead of demanding health care for everyone nothing changes.

    look to europe 35 houres working week.

    stop the crazy wars now

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  14. And why is it that Congressman Kucinich is the only politician I hear asking this question? I’m proud that I sent a contribution to his presidential campaign last year, even though he didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the nomination. Maybe he can challenge one-term Obama in 2012.

  15. Yes, corporations currently control the government; however, with a ground swell of grassroot support, the “We The People” part of the constitution are in a better position to take back cotrol of the government than the corporation have in retaining it. This is especially true as wealth becomes concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. Extreme concentration of wealth has always led to revolution, and there is no reason to think that it won’t happen again.

  16. It’s time Dennis and the other progressives started their own party. The “Democratic” Party is smoothering them and their ideas, and they cannot work effectively within the current system fostered by the system. Most of what Dennis says resonates with the American public, but what do we get?

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  19. The simple answer is that corporations control the government and they don’t give a hoot about the average American. Dennis Kucinich certainly can say a lot in a short period of time. I love this statement. The military budget has grown over the years until it is now well over half the total federal budget. The United States spends more on weapons than the rest of the world combined.

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