â€œMy vote today is consistent with my opposition to the recent troop surge and reflects my belief that our current efforts in Afghanistan are ineffective, and that our troops and resources could be more effectively deployed elsewhere. Itâ€™s time for us to redirect our focus back home, where numerous challenges continue to burden families in my district and across the country. In good conscience, I cannot continue to support an expensive, protracted military conflict at a time when my district has double digit unemployment, skyrocketing foreclosure rates, and other issues that affect the quality of life of the people I represent.
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Even â€˜Short Termâ€™ escalation will Cost taxpayers tens of billions that America canâ€™t afford said; Democratic Congressional candidate (CA-44) Bill Hedrick, reacting to the Presidentâ€™s speech at West Point Tuesday.
â€œThe 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 â€“ the fastest pace possible â€“ so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans.â€
“I personally believe that the number one thing we need to do is get America back to work. I think before health care or anything else, we need to get people back to work. My biggest fear is that there’ll be too much on the agenda and that things will get bogged down.”