President Bush and congressional Democrats are locked in a struggle over Iraq spending, with neither side budging and each calculating that their argument will be the one to resonate with voters.
For both sides, this rhetorical tug-of-war has become a question of leadership on national security issues and who is more committed to the troops.
“It’s unconscionable to deny funds to our troops in harm’s way because some in Congress want to force a self-defeating policy, especially when we’re seeing the benefits of success,” Bush said in a Rose Garden speech on Monday.
Congressional Democrats failed to learn from the miserable example set for them by the Republicans and now they, too, are coming up against the end of the session and the end of the year with a mound of unfinished business.
President Bush delights in pointing this out on an almost daily basis, and there he was Monday in the White House Rose Garden piously calling on the “new” Congress, meaning Democrat-run, “to use the time left to support troops, and to protect our citizens, prevent harmful tax increases and responsibly fund government.”
In November, Gilbert Young visited Barre, Vermont, the “Granite Center of the World,” on behalf of an organization called King is Ours.
His mission was to direct attention to a decision by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, which has awarded the commission for the production of the centerpiece of a planned memorial to Dr. King to a communist Chinese sculptor named Lei Yixin.