Monday, May 15, 2006

Don't forget

As the President prepares to call for thousands of National Guard troops to the border, let's not forget that the Bush budget scrapped 9,790 new border patrol agents:
The law signed by President Bush less than two months ago to add thousands of border patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border has crashed into the reality of Bush's austere federal budget proposal, officials said Tuesday.
As for those National Guard units,

The National Guard is stretched so thin … that leaders in statehouses and Congress say it is time to reconsider how the force is used.

Republicans and Democrats alike worry about the service's ability to balance its federal and state missions of fighting wars and responding to domestic crises.

"We need to look at what is going to be the long-term future of our Guard when states need to rely on these soldiers for emergencies and the nation continues to rely on them for overseas deployment," said Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat.
Soldiers and reservists are over-stretched and need time with their families, not preparing photo-ops for President Nixon Bush. We have serious problems to deal with, the President should spend more time fixing some of the problems rather than creating even more.