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Maxine Waters Town Hall Meeting and Speakout

by builder123 Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002 at 12:35 AM

October 5, 2002 First Church of God

Congressman Maxine Waters met with constituents to discuss War on Iraq. Among the group were many citizens who opposed the administration’s plan for a preemptive unilateral first strike on Iraq. The discussion brought to light the fact that men and women of color will be at asked to lay down their lives in Iraq, while their family’s basic needs are ignored back home.

The Administration’s timing for the congressional war debates serves to short circuit the focus on domestic issues before the election. Below is a list of items compiled by Congresswomen Waters best forgotten if the Republicans are to reclaim the Senate:

- 1.4 million Americans added to the uninsured rolls.

- U. S. stocks had the worst September since the Great Depression.

- Worst third quarter since 1987.

- 401(k) continue their sharp decline.

- .5 trillion lost in the stock market since President Bush took over.

- 2 million people have lost their jobs under the Bush administration.

- Middle income Americans has seen a 2.2 % decline in income.

- Last week for the first time in 8 years the poverty rate went up.

- Consumer confidence has dropped for the fourth straight month, to the lowest level since November 2001.

- Failed economic stimulus program (that tax cut we just had to have).

All the above against the back drop of:

- Even more tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

- Forgotten social issues:

Rising unemployment, saving social security, prescription drug cost relief, education reform and stagnant economic growth.

- A pre-occupation with war and feel good non-binding tax resolutions.

- Corporate crime regulated to the political back burner.

Congresswoman Waters bring a strong message to the President that the people don’t want his costly war and its high time he gets to work on the pressing issues of our society.


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