Saturday, September 17, 2005


Think Globally, Act Locally (or don't)

You will be as thrilled as Philly Indymedia to know that Philadelphia City Council has Passed a Resolution to Withdraw Troops from Iraq.
The resolution cites the losses of Cindy Sheehan and Celeste Zappala, Gold Star Mothers, who were introduced to city council members at a Thursday morning caucus. The resolution calls on the government for a "rapid with-drawalof United States military personnel from Iraq as expeditiously as possible," and cites the monetary cost of the war to Philadelphia tax payers:

"the funds spent by Philadelphia taxpayers on the war and occupation in Iraq could have provided Head Start for one year for 93,181 Philadelphia children; or medical insurance for one year for 421,271 Philadelphia children; or 12,192 public school teachers for one year in Philadelphia; or 6,334 additional housing units in Philadelphia, according to National Priorities Project."
Then again, the funds spent by Philadelphia taxpayers could be better spent by City Council on local services, charity, deadly infrastructure, trash collection, crime fighting or even local volcanic activity, than getting involved in federal issues and duplicating government.

Or maybe it's George W. Bush's fault that the buses don't run on time...

This has nothing to do with the war by the way, and everything to do with a system of government that means the Whitehouse doesn't set local government policy, so local governments should return the favour and stick to their own job and not get distacted until its done. Across America, it isn't.

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