CONGRESS CAPITULATES-- GIVES BUSH A BLANK CHECK DESPITE AMERICANS' OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION TO CONTINUED OCCUPATION OF IRAQ
Although the Democratic-led House voted to include a raise in the minimum wage as a sop to their base, it is a ruse unlikely to work. Americans are angry about Bush's occupation of Iraq and his never-ending escalation. Democrats are even more angry. And now Democrats will be able to focus that anger on Democrats they can make pay, namely the traitors Steny Hoyer and Rahm Emanuel, the leaders of the Democratic-end of the Cheney coalition.
Basically 86 Democrats joined the Republicans to give Bush a blank check in Iraq. 140 Democrats voted No. (Only 2 Republicans voted against the war.) So who are the worst Democrats, the ones who, after all these years, still think Bush should have a free hand in Iraq to do whatever the hell he wants? The leaders of the rebel Democrats:
Rahm Emanuel (IL)
Steny Hoyer (MD)
(Emanuel's puppet and stooges, Tim Mahoney (FL), Heath Shuler (NC) and Melissa Bean (IL) all voted against Democrats, against progressives and against America)
Let's look at the Democrats who have been endorsed by Blue America. These are the courageous men and women who voted against endless war and against Bush and Cheney and for the American people:
Mike Arcuri (NY)
Bruce Braley (IA)
Steve Cohen (TN)
John Hall (NY)
Paul Hodes (NH)
Jerry McNerney (CA)
Patrick Murphy (PA)
Jerry Nadler (NY)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH)
(Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the DCCC, voted against Emanuel, Hoyer, Bush and Cheney)
These are the freshmen supported by Blue America who stabbed us in the back and joined Emanuel, Hoyer and Cheney today:
Chris Carney (PA)
Kirstin Gillibrand (NY)
Ciro Rodriguez (TX)
Joe Sestak (PA)
UPDATE: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR WARMONGER REP IF YOUR SON DIED USELESSLY, TO PROTECT BUSH'S SICK EGO?
Professor Andrew Bacevich is a right-wing Republican military expert. He recognized Bush's policies as absolutely catastrophic for America and he has been adamantly opposed to the Regime's war agenda. A couple weeks ago his officer son was killed in Iraq. "What kind of democracy is this," Bacesvich posed on NPR-- when the people do speak, and the people's voice is unambiguous... but nothing happens?" Only 14 senators had the guts to stand up against Bush and for the American people. That two of them were the front-runners in the Democratic nomination for president-- the cautious Clinton and Obama-- says something about who is paying attention to the American people and who doesn't believe in basic democracy. The Democratic senators who can hold their heads up high:
Barbara Boxer (CA)
Hillary Clinton (NY)
Chris Dodd (CT)
Russ Feingold (WI)
Ted Kennedy (MA)
John Kerry (MA)
Patrick Leahy (VT)
Barack Obama (IL)
Bernie Sanders (VT)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Among the cowards too scared to vote were both my Brooklyn schoolmates, Chuck Schumer (NY) and Norm Coleman (MN).
Hillary made a good statement after the vote:
Tonight I voted against the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill because it fails to compel the President to give our troops a new strategy in Iraq. I believe that the President should begin a phased redeployment of our troops out of Iraq and abandon this escalation. I fully support our troops, and wish the President had followed the will of the people and signed the original bill we sent which both funded the troops and set a new course of phased redeployment. But the President vetoed Congress's new strategy and so Congress must reject the President's failed policies. I will also continue to press with Senator Byrd for our legislation to end the authorization of the war in Iraq.
While I am deeply disappointed that the supplemental does not provide for a new course in Iraq, I want to recognize the many worthy parts of this bill: funding to help those sickened in the aftermath of 9/11, additional relief for Katrina and Rita victims, homeland security funds for high-threat cities like New York City, resources to protect parts of New York affected by recent flooding, $650 million for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and the first federal minimum wage increase in ten years. I support these measures but cannot support this Emergency Supplemental which will not change our course in Iraq.
What the hell is wrong with Biden? He votes with the Republicans in favor of their hideous corporate bankruptcy bill and now is supporting Bush's war agenda.