Archive for August 7, 2012
Senator Tom Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently released a new report examining the retirement crisis in America and laying out a bold proposal to rebuild the private pension system.
The report comes after a series of hearings on retirement security that Harkin has convened over the last two years. He is hosting a series of events in Iowa intended to start a discussion about the retirement crisis in our country.
Two roundtable discussions with Iowans are scheduled for August 8 and August 9.
Members of the public are invited and we encourage you to attend!
Wednesday, August 8th – Des Moines 1:30 P.M.
Des Moines Central Public Library Meeting Room 1000 Grand Avenue Des Moines
Thursday, August 9th – Mason City 3:00 P.M.
North Iowa Area Community College 500 College Drive Muse Norris Conference Center, Room 180 B +C Mason City
Become part of a progressive grassroots movement! Alliance for Retired Americans 815 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006
Obama on Monday will travel to Council Bluffs and Boone for campaign events, aides said this afternoon.
On Tuesday, he will be in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown and Waterloo.
And on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Obama for campaign events in Dubuque and Davenport.
On August 7, 1964, the US Senate voted 88-2 to approve the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which was then used as the legal justification for the Vietnam War. Two senators, Morse & Gruening, had the courage to say no. They should be honored as heroes. The resolution was based on lies and pretense – history is clear on this. 58,209 US soldiers died, along with over a million Vietnamese.
We should not have to repeat history, but the War in Iraq was eerily similar. The October, 2002 authorization for that war was also based on half-truths and deliberate manipulation of faulty intelligence. We know there were no WMD’s, we know there was no connection with 9-11.On September 14, 2001, Congress approved the War on Terror, which included the war in Afghanistan, with only one dissenting vote, from Barbara Lee.
We are having the same success with this war, after almost 11 years, as we had in Vietnam and Iraq.
It may be worthy to note that the largest demonstration in empathy with the US after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 was in Tehran, Iran. Iran immediately offered its support to the US in the effort against Al-Queda. However, George Bush found it expedient to declare Iran part of the Axis of Evil. Now we have the opportunity to accept or reject the prospect of another war, against Iran.
Let’s end our war in Afghanistan and just say no to a war with Iran. Speak to your representatives in Congress.
Sen. Chuck Grassley 202-224-3744 Contact form
Sen. Tom Harkin 202-224-3254 Contact form
Rep. Bruce Braley (D – 01) 202-225-2911 Contact form
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D – 02) 202-225-6576 Contact form
Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-03) 202-225-3806 Contact form
Rep. Tom Latham (R – 04) 202-225-5476 Contact form
Rep. Steve King (R – 05) 202-225-4426 Contact form