2002-10-12 / Editorial/Opinion

Fighting Two Wars

Fighting Two Wars

A recent poll showed that President Bush's approval rating, with regard to the economy, has dipped to forty-one percent, which marks his lowest rating since he took office. However, on the issue of foreign policy, the rating remains at seventy percent. While a growing number of Americans are leaning toward supporting Bush's proposed attack on Iraq, another segment of the population is fast becoming concerned with the dismal state of the economy. Those who benefited from the economic boom of the 90's are now losing their jobs and homes in record numbers, due in part to the recent revelations involving corporate corruption and CEO's pilfering the funds of investors. The number of people filing for unemployment has increased over the last nine months, and those struggling to support families on minimum wage jobs are now filing for public assistance just to make ends meet. Others have become part of the "homeless nation." No one will argue that terrorism should be thwarted if there is an eminent threat to the United States and the world. Still, the President must not forget that the "terrorism of poverty" and the "mass destruction of the economy" pose serious threats to the country as well. If the U.S. attacks Iraq, there will be rioting in the streets of Baghdad between soldiers and the Iraqi people. If the economy continues to take a turn for the worse, a fierce war will be waged between those in power and those who no longer have a home, income, food or hope.

                                                                                                        Gary G. Toms 


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