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Richardson for President, Inc,
Dave, Amanda and I were hashing over last night's debate in Nevada this morning. There
were a lot of interesting moments that I think are very telling about the state of our
country and how big a job it's going to be to fix the damage of the George Bush era.
One that stood out for me was when Ms. Jeannie Jackson asked about the use of private
contractors like Blackwater in Iraq with mercenaries that make over $100,000 a year, while
her son -- a U.S. soldier -- is putting his life on the line for his country for $30,000.
Think about everything implied by that.
We've stretched our military so thin that we've had to hire soldiers of fortune to plug
the holes. But because our country is run by people who answer to big corporations instead
of ordinary Americans, companies are actually getting rich from this war, while our
soldiers are barely scraping by.
Worse yet, when those soldiers come home damaged, our VA system has failed them miserably,
particularly when it comes to the devastating emotional effects of vicious urban combat.
The hypocrisy of this administration never fails to amaze me. They talk about patriotism.
They talk about family values. But every single time it comes to actually doing something
that would help Americans who honestly need and deserve help, they choose to serve the big
corporations and special interests that back them.
After seven years of this ideology, our situation is very grave. And it's only getting
As I look at where we are and where we're going to be in 2009, I'm more convinced than
ever that I am the only candidate equipped to deal with the catastrophe George Bush will
You can be sure we'll still be mired in Iraq. And if Dick Cheney has his way, we'll be in
Our veterans' health care system will still be broken and 47 million Americans will still
Global warming will have increased its effects, but our country will still be stuck in a
fossil fuel economy with skyrocketing oil costs.
Our national debt will still be ballooning to pay for the Iraq War, pork barrel projects,
and tax cuts for millionaires.
And the national dialogue will only be more heated, more shrill, and more divided.
I'm the only candidate with the experience, the vision and, frankly, the plan to
realistically deal with all of that.
This morning I feel more determined than ever. Not just to win the Democratic nomination
but to tackle the disasters of the Bush Administration head-on.
I've got a full schedule ahead of me each and every day right up to the Iowa caucus in
January. I'm going to do whatever it takes to get my message out to every voter during
But I can't do it alone. I need you to support my campaign with $40, $80 or even $120 so
we can buy the media time and fund the volunteers that will let America know why I am the
best-qualified candidate to lead us beyond the Bush disaster.
Thank you for everything you've done for me. You are why democracy works. And you are why
I am so energized as we head into these final weeks.
I'll be in touch.