Making decisions on where to cut spending is never a light-hearted task. I'm not surprised that people are upset about our plans to cut spending on urban and rural development. But tough decisions must be made given our record budget deficits. We must consider the facts. This country cannot develop both Kharbala and downtown Kansas City. We must choose between Mosul and Miami. The path we should follow is clear.
In addition, we must honor our contractual obligations to the corporations that are rebuilding Iraq. Haliburton is not nonprofit organization; it must answer to shareholders and generate profits. Without our continued funding, these American corporations would be forced to leave Iraq, opening the door for corporations from other countries, such as Russia or France, to rebuild Iraq with funds from the United Nations and other international organizations that did not support the great war of liberation.
Those who question our policies only comfort the enemy. I ask all Americans in these trying times to act patriotically and support cuts to spending at home so Haliburton can stay at work abroad.