Friday, December 23, 2011

U.S. Marine: Why We Must Stop the Blame Game

Reason why, those that walked away from the main mission in Afghanistan to invade Iraq are now and have been in high mode of Obstruction for purely political reasons with other underlining reasons as to the present administration! After they were the rubber stampers of the previous admin. which caused the country to almost totally collapse and not only economic, they continue same and will, as they lack any ideology of forward movement for the good of the country!!

A Marine in Afghanistan Reflects on Her Country's Problems at Home
December 23, 2011 - A U.S. Marine in Afghanistan wonders why the United States can't come together to overcome our nation's challenges

As a Marine serving a year-long deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan, there are so many things that I miss about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. But I am just one of many service members who will not be spending the holidays with loved ones back home. For many Marines here, this is their third, fourth or fifth deployment — others have deployed even more. We chose to join the military to answer a calling to serve our fellow Americans or to make a difference in the world, despite the sacrifices required to do so.

Being so far from home this holiday season, I look to the United States, and I am saddened, not because times are difficult, but because our nation is too great to suffer so. Americans have a strength born from overcoming adversity and creating opportunity where there was none before, and the challenges we face today are no different — if we can come together to serve each other.

Many people are outraged at the economic condition of the nation, and groups are embroiled in the blame game that’s dividing America. But rather than trying to find someone to blame — whether it’s Wall Street, the government or the wealthy — it’s time to focus on the more important issue of working our way out of the challenges we’re facing.

I’m sure we can all agree that the federal deficit of $15 trillion is far too great, and we should continue to hold our elected officials accountable to find solutions. But, in the interim, there are serious problems impacting communities across the nation that we can address by working together.

The most troubling problem for me, as a mother, is the plight of child hunger in the United States. It’s difficult to imagine that a nation as prosperous as America even has a hunger problem. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service has found that 14.5% (17.2 million) of U.S. households had a “limited or uncertain ability” to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe food at some time during 2010. The majority of these households met this challenge by eating less varied diets or turning to federal food programs or community food pantries where available. But 6.4 million of these households in 2010 did not have enough money or other resources at times to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways — that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing or other coping strategies. read more>>>

Same also have already started trying to cut VA funding, which they never increased enough for these two wars, after the strides forward since the 110th congress. And the Country has yet Demanded their own Sacrifice, not only as to the costs of the wars but especially the long term results from, especially the wealthy who are still reaping from the wars directly or indirectly!!

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