Super Tuesday: The Moment of Truth is Here

February 5, 2008 · Print This Article · Email This Post

At last, the big day has arrived: Super Tuesday. Here’s independent artist Sally Anthony’s “So Long” video. Isn’t it exciting to think that George Bush has less than a year in office left? Anthony’s lyrics say: “Can I ask you something? Have you changed or are you the same?”

Watching the video reminds us of how much things really have changed in less than eight years — and definitely not for the better. The excitement about today’s primaries springs from a hope for change. Vote with your feet. Vote with your heart. Do the right thing.

Anthony, an independent artist for 10 years, has sold over 200,000 records. The song and video were her idea; she released the video against the wishes of her label and management. So far, she’s received death threats and show cancellations since “So Long”s release. Shades of the Dixie Chicks.

President Bush Budget Proposes Slashing Medicare Funding

In related economic news, the stock market sank more than 200 points this morning, probably due in part to the small man behind the curtain’s proposed $3.1 trillion 2009 budget proposal which was released on Monday. One of the record-breaking budget’s most notable features is a proposal to cut $196 billion over five years from Medicaid and Medicare. Robert M. Hayes, president of the Medicare Rights Center, commented: “President Bush’s proposed cuts to Medicare would hurt older and disabled Americans and take a wrecking ball to many essential hospitals across the country. . .It is indefensible for the President to propose hurting America’s grandparents while maintaining his rabid defense of Medicare overpayments to for-profit health insurance companies.”

Other victims of the proposed budget include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which would see its $6.2 billion budget shrink by $400 million, and health care programs serving the nation’s rural poor, which would be trimmed from $6.9 billion to $6.0 billion. How about trimming the war in Iraq and increasing funding for programs that help Americans?

Read more economic news about the true cost of the Iraq war, and what every American has paid for it in terms of education, law enforcement, housing and other issues affecting our quality of life. When we originally posted the article in January 2007, the cost of the war stood at $357 billion. It’s now risen to $491 billion…and counting.

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