The Augusta Free Press has an interesting article on the fifth year anniversary of the military action and liberation of Iraq and a "Peace Vigil" held by a local group in Staunton.
This group has held numerous anti-war protests and "Peace Vigils" in the past and I have attended several viewing the topic from the "Other" viewpoint. One thing that I have noticed at these protests and "Vigils" is the re-occuring focus on the cost of fighting terrorism and how that money could have been spent on "entitlement" programs instead. At one protest I saw a sign that showed how much money had been spent and how much healthcare insurance it could have bought instead. Unfortunately I did not get a photo of that sign and it would have been a good visual example of the true protests held in Staunton...
It is interesting to see that the activist highlighted in the above AFP article once again spent a majority of the time on the $$$Cost$$$ of the war and little on the security advances made in this region or the chaos that will happen with a total troop withdrawl.
Is it the responsibilty of the Federal government to provide national security or instead provide "Universal Healthcare" for all? The government already provides treatment to those who can't, or won't obtain healthcare for themselves, in the form of not refusing care in emergency rooms.
Is it the responsibilty of the Federal government to provide Free or "Affordable" healthcare to every American citizen, and even those here illegally, even if they can afford it? The government should help those who can't help themselves but should it be required to take care of those who refuse to take care of themselves?