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Welcome back you're microphones Alan Grayson Democrat -- First your congressmen calling eight piece party fundraisers on the when he -- a -- thank you very much for coming on the program tonight.
-- -- -- But -- you have me back.
I appreciate very much likely you're gonna daily Kos when you wrote that.
The McChrystal resignation is one do you call for him to resign in the past October of 09 for example you called -- go yesterday and now he's gun.
You say but it's not about the crystals job it's about the plan the plan -- war but McChrystal planets Obama's plan -- not.
Well you know I'm pleased with the put the president did what I said which is to fire from -- correspondents concerned.
So -- to do it this is the failed plan the plan.
Could embroil it's an endless war and bring about.
The kind of world that we heard about in 1984.
The novel 1984 awards and -- world of endless war that's the fundamental problem here it's not a question McChrystal job it's questioned the crystals.
But the problem is the plan isn't changing an -- crystals -- Obama's plan the plan he's made clear stays the same with Petraeus.
I think their fundamental promise that Obama took the defense establishment without making any changes to it.
The George forces that -- -- these are the people or narrowing the defense policy the military industrial establishment is running.
And international affairs policy or our foreign policy in the same way that big was running our energy policy.
So what do we do -- -- I'm I'm actually nothing's really changing as you point out we Hussein to security apparatus in place we have -- we have gates.
A lot of stuff this thing in the same year.
We and we need a wholesale change the president have to bring it home or -- But he's not.
-- -- -- -- -- Or is it Petraeus and other recycle -- clearly -- is a very talented general.
Did -- did his job did a great job if you if you like that kind of thing in Iraq.
But it's the same kind of thing and and I'm very frustrating is I mean he he ran as I thought as an anti war Princeton.
I thought that -- and I I think people should understand what actually happened in Iraq what -- in -- -- that we bought off the opposition.
We put hundreds of thousands of young Iraqis on the payroll.
-- Whether the sons of Iraq these are the people who -- literally.
Who were enemies were shooting us one month in the next month there are payroll -- that's why.
The shooting in Iraq -- down.
And then why the violence slowed down because we basically put everybody off.
Are we doing the same thing in Afghanistan to some extent.
Well it's its in its -- I it's an economy that doesn't even function with money I mean it has many players that -- been dep data and I can tell you.
That -- that -- and in Iraq in some respects Tuesday it -- sixteenth century conflict country Afghanistan in the fourth century country.
It's a lot more difficult to get anything done in Afghanistan it really isn't the country it's it's an empty space on the map it's the place that the English and the Russians never got to in the course of their great -- that's what Afghanistan and.
Why do you think the president upon taking office is continuing some of the bush policies in.
And -- more sending 30000 extra troops to Afghanistan.
What do you think he's done.
I think the president.
Have compromise and DNA.
And I I think as a result -- he's gone out of his way to find areas where he didn't have to push the Republicans for change.
But that's what the country want that the country didn't want the steps quicker than what -- -- They want that -- C a revival of important priorities that affect human needs they want to -- better education and better health care they want to see better roads and once -- better bridges bridges that don't fall down.
Nobody want to the cheaper situation of the military industrial complex but unfortunately that's what the president done by perpetuating people in charge.
What is the status of the war is making you -- -- Well we were making some progress but not -- this is my HR.
Bill what what I saw -- looking at the budget for next year the that the nuclear starts October.
Is that the presidents for 549.
Billion dollars for the military.
And in addition to that beyond 549 billion dollars which by the way much the rest the world -- on their military compliant.
In addition to that he wanted another 159.
Billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And I said I think by 49 billion dollars -- -- not what you -- -- have one or two wars three wars force government -- you wanna have.
So what I propose to do is take that 159 billion dollars the president wants in addition to the base budget.
And to eliminate federal income taxes on everybody's first 35000 dollars of income were seven -- -- America.
And deterrent that cost less than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan project because that's only a 144 billion dollars.
So what you could do you could give the president the gentle knowledge and paper apiece by this thing yet from the Wharton -- defense budget.
You could also eliminate taxes on every working person of country and give everybody else in this country a very substantial tax cut.
Every member of the working class what would have their taxes eliminated.
And in addition to that you reduce the budget deficit but.
Fifteen billion dollars and I think once I pointed out that the money that were spending is so enormous.
That you could give people with current tax break can actually save money people start saying well maybe it's something we should think about that's what we have twenty cosponsored them open for more.
I think that the fact they're gonna have to book a more money from the -- next week.
It's gonna galvanized attention.
-- got more everybody from Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich and people in between that's important in this.
Yeah I you know it's interesting to see that there are even a couple of Republicans -- -- -- that the two war.
What about just not funding the wars and all went out just to fund.
-- well wouldn't enough people in congress to do -- them.
That's what happened to eventually end the war in Vietnam but remember that happened after many years.
You know that the war in Vietnam would be funded for five years after.
The peace movement started and it took it's something as dramatic as the national student strike after Kent State to galvanize -- the -- about.
And -- on for nine years in Afghanistan it's been called variously the longest war ever.
Or in American history or the longest -- -- -- -- when you've marked the beginning of the Vietnam War but certainly.
It's not the -- the second Montessori program.
Well and we -- we have advisers actively involved in combat in Vietnam and certainly by 62.
We had massive.
Fighting in Vietnam -- 65.
And the peace movement -- -- in -- than any serious and until 69 and seventy.
So if it started today we've been looking for success maybe several years -- now but that's a lot better than and the war.
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