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As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and senators and urge them to vote NO on the upcoming Syrian war resolution.
While Congress debates whether to involve America in another conflict overseas, economic red lines are being crossed here at home. Millions of Americans continue to struggle to find employment, while their basic costs of living such as health care and energy are driven up by big-government intervention in the economy. Meanwhile, the national debt approaches the size of our total economic output, at $17 trillion, and Congress will soon discuss raising our debt limit even further.
Regardless of your foreign policy priorities, Americans can agree that while our nation is capable of summoning its superpower, it must not bankrupt itself in the process.
Other than training dubious partners in Syria (conservatively estimated to cost $500 million) other more aggressive options would likely cost at least $1 billion per month. In Gen. Martin Dempsey's words, "limited stand-off strikes" to degrade the Assad military, would require "hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines, and other enablers" with the costs running into the billions.
Worse, history has shown that civil wars prove particularly resistant to outside solutions. America’s costs are unlikely to stay limited, because this conflict exceeds our ability to control the situation on the ground. Once limited strikes fail to deter Assad or tip the scales in favor of a shadowy opposition, advocates for more extensive U.S. involvement will undoubtedly call for more blood and treasure.
The American people understand the unintended consequences of a Syrian conflict better than the cloistered class here in Washington. Reports from congressional offices confirm that constituent correspondence has been unusually passionate and overwhelmingly against U.S. involvement in Syria. Congress should listen to its constituents, reject any military operation in Syria, and move on to issues more pressing here at home – reducing the debt, fixing health care, and freeing our struggling economy.
I urge you to call your representative and Senators and ask them to vote NO on the upcoming Syria war resolution. We will count their votes as KEY VOTEs when calculating FreedomWorks’ Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. The Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom.
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