Bravo Senator Feingold, Bravo
I’m amazed at Democrats, cowering with this president’s numbers so low. The administration just has to raise the specter of the war and the Democrats run and hide. … Too many Democrats are going to do the same thing they did in 2000 and 2004. In the face of this, they’ll say we’d better just focus on domestic issues. … [Democrats shouldn’t] cower to the argument, that whatever you do, if you question the administration, you’re helping the terrorists.
If this is the response by Senator Allard of Colorado, we are in truly sad and pathetic times.
Since Republican Senators kowtowed to the President again, we needed someone, anyone to stand up and say what needs to be said. With numbers like Bush's approval, currently around 36%, give or take a few points, what political capital does this guy have? From what I pick up, Bush is a divider, not a uniter. One man does not make a country of laws and rules.
Why does the President of the United States believe that he is an exception to the rule of law? At this point, what exactly is the position of this administration? First they say you need a court order to tap an American citizen, and then they say the law is too old. There are rules for oversight. This 109th Congress has not done their job of oversight, just like members of the 108th Congress failed to provide leadership.
People everywhere need to understand that the Republicans have ruled with an iron fist from 2002 on. They have invoked fear and used ignorance to divide and conquer their opponents and critics. Much of what they have said has not come true. Not a crack team of people I believe can get the job done. Most of the Republicans have acted like little pantywaists and bowed to the President's agenda. Unfortunately their agenda and execution have sucked. My friend keeps reminding me that it is not any kind of conspiracy; it's just really bad ideas and even poorer execution of them. I think my friend is right.
When you have people like Rumsfeld trying to answer questions about the violence in Iraq and the ensuing civil war that has been going on for close to two months, it is simply ridiculous to receive an answer like this:
Rumsfeld: ...I think until I've had a chance to think more about it and-and-uhh-I-I will say I don't think it'll look like-ahh- the United States's civil war.
No shit, Sherlock. Thanks for the information. Wow, it is unbelievable that an administration could hold the citizens of this country in such contempt and feel as though they don't need to answer questions about where my money goes. About $5.9 Billion a month right now to fund Iraq. Throw in Afghanistan and the total per month reaches $6.9 billion a month.
From the Wall Street Journal a few days back:
Monthly expenditures are running at $5.9 billion; the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan adds roughly another $1 billion. Taken together, annual spending for the two wars will reach $117.6 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 -- 18% above funding for the prior 12 months.
To date, the war has cost nearly $400 billion ($400,000,000,000.00)
From a senate hearing a week and a half ago, Senators questioned the ever increasing costs of "the global struggle against extremism" as it is called by some, at least until people said: what!?
The Senate Budget Committee rebuked Pentagon officials Thursday for continued use of emergency spending to fund wars, and their high cost. "What you send up here for a defense budget has no relevance to the real budget because you're 15, 20 percent off on what you're actually spending every year," said Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. "How do we get out of this process of budgeting by emergency, which basically means we're not budgeting at all, we're simply (giving) you an open-ended check, subject to your sending up the supplemental."
We are looking at a conflict that could cost $1-2 Trillion dollars. That's a lot of dough that can be spent on schools, infrastructure, homeland security, healthcare for the poor and disabled. Just plain good old-fashioned American prosperity. Now there's a concept for you. Politicians working for the greater good of its citizens.
With the list of the damned growing by the day (oh so many REPUBLICANS), you start to see the pattern. Some of these people are robbing our country blind. LOOK AT THE LIST OF NEARLY 30 INDICTED AND CONVICTED FELLAS, GOOD FELLAS, of the REPUBLICAN PARTY. It comes courtesy of the great folks at a site called Talking Points Memo. It's great to see folks like these and thousands upon thousands more who are working to expose the lies and deceits of people who rob from are country, REPUBLICAN or the occasional Democrat. I don't want to be partial; I want them all in jail.
The Grand Ole Docket tracks trial dates, court appearances and sentencing hearings for players in the current array of national political scandals. But not just any crook can make it on the Docket - it only tracks perps who've been named by prosecutors in indictments or plea agreements.
They even have a subdocket for the state of Ohio. I guess they are so corrupt; they got their own page!
You have people from Washington DC, California, Florida, Texas, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Ohio, the country of Greece, New York and even from that little place called the White House. That's right from the house that brought you moral values. They are people like JACK ABRAMOFF, formerly a "super lobbyist", Congress people like DUKE CUNNINGHAM, convicted congressman, TOM DELAY, indicted House Majority Leader (aka the "Hammer"), MITCHELL WADE, a defense contractor, DAVID SAFAVIAN, chief of staff for the General Services Administration within the White House. The list goes on and on. Of course, in fairness to all the corrupt REPUBLICANS out there, I don't want to be unfair. There are a couple of "bad apples" as Senator Frist of Tennessee would say who are Democrats. By my count, that's about 35 REPUBLICANS and 2 or 3 Democrats. Like I've been telling people for a while. This is a REPUBLICAN scandal. I have no doubt that the percentages won't skew off the 90/10 scale that I have set as the bar for measuring the corruption across this country. That being said, I'm being generous and leaving plenty of room for error.
Ladies and gentleman, when will someone stand up and say the emperor is naked? Thanks again Senator Feingold. Your efforts are truly appreciated.
The budget deficit for the past fiscal year was $760 billion
One of the startling revelations of the 158 page report, titled “Financial Report of the United States Government 2005”, was the admission from Secretary Snow that the U.S. deficit under practical business accounting methods in 2005 was $760 billion – more than double the more widely reported $319 billion.
The national debt ceiling will need to raised again to accommodate our already $8.2 trillion dollar national debt. ($8,200,000,000,000.00)
Today, around 45 million citizens do not have access to affordable healthcare coverage.
The federal government has increased spending by nearly 40% since George Bush took office in 2001.
As of March 11, 2006, -- 2,463 U.S. soldier have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. For every day in Iraq so far, 2.1 soldiers die for everyday of this war. Every day 2.1 soldiers die.
Each individual’s share of the national debt has grown from around $21,000 before Bush took office to nearly $28,000 today. That is a nearly 33% increase in just 5 years.
Number of funerals of fallen soldiers attended by President Bush: 0 (zero).
At least 20,000 U.S. soldiers have been injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The President has allowed the torture of people. These are the pictures of what torture is under American occupation.
The army lied about Pat Tillman's death to make him into a hero, all for political gain to win at any cost.
Are you getting the idea yet?
Make 2006 the year of the Democrats. Bring a little sanity back to these United States of America.
Here is the Muslim version of Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity in the Middle East. In a nutshell, the man on the tape is a fucking idiot. Quite similar to some of our very own American versions who call themselves informative. They spew hate just like this guy.
Dissention on your part is complicity with the terrorists. Yeah, okay.