KY Democrat Blames Iraq War For Weak Economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The growing cost to the United States of fighting the war in Iraq "is not only linked to our economic skid, but is a leading cause of it," a Democratic congressman said Saturday.

Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky linked the costly, unpopular war with the growing economic troubles - some say recession - in this country.

Yarmuth said in the Democrats' weekly radio address that the testimony this week of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker about the Iraq war served as reminder of the billions of dollars being poured into Iraq as the U.S. economy struggles.

"General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker failed to offer a plan to change direction in Iraq and redeploy troops," said Yarmuth. "Instead, they offered more of the same, with U.S. troops and taxpayers paying the price."

The U.S. government has spent "more than half-a-trillion
dollars" in support of the war effort, while that money could be
spent on pressing needs in this country, he said.

"Across America, our roads and bridges are crumbling and are in
desperate need of repair, yet taxpayer dollars are being squandered
on an Iraqi government that is riddled with waste, fraud and
corruption," Yarmuth said.

He said "the cost of one month in Iraq could extend the
Children's Health Insurance Program, which the president vetoed, to
10 million children of working families for a full year."

He noted that Congress has passed an economic stimulus package
to send millions of Americans up to $1,200 that could provide a
boost to the economy.

But Yarmuth isn't satisfied. "We know we must do more," he said, adding that Democrats are pushing for a second economic stimulus package to aid workers, their families and businesses.
The White House said the first economic stimulus package should
be given a chance to work before a second is passed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-12-08 1240EDT


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  • by steve on Apr 12, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    Yea and you my friend are a stupid moron if we get hit again and get blowed all to hell what good is the economy you libs are stuck in Vietnam better wake up boys you live in global warming lala land. If your boy would have done something in the 90s we would not be in this mess he just passed it on to someone that did do something we are not worried about you kooks. yea we have seen enough of you idiot libs to.
  • by Brent Location: north-central Kentucky on Apr 12, 2008 at 05:53 PM
    I think the falling dollar and commodity inflation, especially fuel prices, have a a lot more to do with the condition of the economy than the actual war, which can only create spending and stimulus. I guess u can argue that the dollar is falling and oil is high because of the war, but I don't feel that is the only factor. I remember when our government spent a bundle trying to improve a part of our own country, New Orleans, and all the fraud that resulted from that. Just because u bring the money back home doesn't mean the government will spend it wisely. Let the taxpayers keep their money.
  • by Sue Location: Rockcastle Co. on Apr 12, 2008 at 05:31 PM
    Here are the reasons for the weak economy: 1. Rampant Greed at all levels 2. War in Iraq 3. Big Oil industry owns congress 4. Big Pharmaceutical industry also owns a part of congress. 5. Citizens taxed to death. 6. Education costs out of control. 7. Credit Card limits are maxing out.
  • by Deborah Location: Wellington on Apr 12, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    I think the problems here at home with the economy could be summed up in two words.....ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION! That costs us more than the War in Iraq ever will. The brave men and women fighting for our safety and very existence need our support and the ones who are here illegally are draining us. Will the politicians ever address the real reason for economic problems in this country? If the politicians in Washington, D.C. had the courage of the men and women fighting in Iraq, they would do something about the REAL problems in this country!
  • by LT.Mabry Location: Eastern Ky on Apr 12, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    How can we be blamed for a war the gov.declared?What if we refused to show up?

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