JUL 16 - 31, 2004

VOL. 2 ISSUE 14

 

HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF: I VALUE MONEY MORE THAN MY NATION

$170k A Year And A Chance To Serve Is Not Enough, So Ridge Will Abandon His Service To His Nation So He Can Take Millions From The Private Sector

 

by John S. Ashton

 

JULY 30, 2004 – One of the biggest charges the Democrats have made against the Bush Republicans is that they have, in time of war, asked all Americans to sacrifice except the rich.  They cite the fact that this is the first time taxes have been cut instead of raised in wartime – in particular, for the rich.  Adding the fact that it is mainly the poor who are doing the fighting and that neither the President nor Vice President ever served their country in the military, the Democrats make the case that the Bush Republicans expect everyone to sacrifice except themselves, and that their rallying cries to the nation are hollow and dishonest as they don’t heed them themselves.

Well, now the man who was asked to head the most important aspect of the War on Terror, homeland security, has told fellow employees he plans to step down because he needs more money to put his kids through college.  (see: Ridge Tells Colleagues He May Retire) At a time when tens of thousands of National Guardsmen and women have left their incomes to serve in mortal combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving their families scrounging to just get by, Ridge has decided his over $170 a year salary as head of the Homeland Security Department isn’t enough.

There have been many insults and slights by members of the Bush administration to those who are sacrificing in the War on Terror and the unrelated Iraq War.  President Bush tried to cut the pay of those serving, the benefits of those who have served, and has used our National Guardsmen and women in an overextended manner for which they were never intended.  And all the while, lack of service by the administration and their children and their refusing to give up their tax cuts to help pay for the war has added insult to injury.

But now we have the man given the greatest opportunity to help his nation – and even given a great salary at that – and all Mr. Ridge can think of is greed, greed, and more personal greed.

He says he is tired – let him tell that to those who have been patrolling the deserts of Iraq in 120 degree heat for over a year.

He says he needs to be able to pay for his kids college – let him explain how $170,000 a year is not enough to do that to those families who can’t even afford their rent because their breadwinner is busy getting shot at in Falujah.

This is the ultimate example of this Bush administration being big on asking others to sacrifice while they sit aside and reap profits without sacrifice.   If Mr. Ridge was true to the mantras of the Bush administration, he  would tell his kids to go enlist and head over to Iraq rather than go to some college – some college so expensive he can’t even pay for it with $170,000 a year salary.

But he won’t do that.  He will step away from service to his nation to live as a fat cat millionaire, reaping much of the money because he can use his time as head of Homeland Security to get big speaking engagements and consulting fees.  For Mr. Ridge, being Czar of Homeland Security apparently was nothing more than a resume builder he planned to use to line his pockets.

What a disgrace, what a disgusting, greedy man, and how typical of these Bush/Limbaugh Republicans, who truly care only about their personal fortunes, and, though they pontificate about how good Americans should serve, flee from any type of service themselves.  Lazy, greedy cowards

 

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