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Friday, June 16, 2006

Another Blank Check for Perpetual War

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives maintained its track record of providing absolutely no checks and balances on the Bush administration's warmaking this week, when it voted 351-67 to authorize another $66 billion in "emergency" spending for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

While the House will hold a symbolic "debate" on the Iraq imbroglio Thursday, that endeavor has been so constrained by the House Republican leadership that it will be of no more consequence than the discourse in a mock legislative exercise for high school students – although, in fairness to the students, a mock Congress would undoubtedly take the Constitutional imperative of shared responsibility for warmaking more seriously than does the actual Congress.

What was truly frustrating about the House vote on the emergency funding was the general failure of the Democrats – who have again delayed announcement of their agenda for this year's election campaign – to mount a coherent opposition to a war that an overwhelming majority of Americans characterize as a mistake.

Of the 351 votes to continue no-strings-attached funding of the Bush administration's wars, 204 came from Republicans while 146 came from Democrats. Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders cast the final vote in favor of the "emergency" funding package, which also included $28.5 billion for Hurricane Katrina assistance, border security and farm subsidies.

Democrats who voted in favor of the spending included Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rahm Emanuel, D-Illinois. Fresh from a primary campaign in which she made anti-war sounds in order to fend off a challenge from the left, California Democrat Jane Harman returned to her pro-war voting pattern. And Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, who is locked in a tight Democratic primary contest for his state's open Senate seat with anti-war candidate Kweisi Mfume, also voted to hand the Bush administration another blank check.--------------

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Another Blank Check for Perpetual War

2 Comments:

Anonymous Helpful Links For Growth said...

while giving more money to aid the victims of hurricane katrina, border security and farm subsidies is necessary in my opinion, why did they put that in the funding for the war? was that to make it pass legislation easier? how is it that we can spend so much money on this war, when our nation is billions and billions of dollars in debt?

6/16/2006 7:05 AM  
Blogger pseudolus said...

The war is the rationale for everything else the neocons want to achieve. ALthough tax cuts goes against all logic. We seem to be the only nation in history to actually cut taxes in a time of war. "UNPRECEDENTED!" you might say. Every thing these guys have done is unprecedented (in Amercan history at least, and world history almost as often.)

6/16/2006 6:13 PM  

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