June 27, 2008
-- by Dave Johnson
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved $161.8 billion in new funds to continue fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next year, without timetables for withdrawing combat troops.It made me think of this:
. . . The Senate's 92-6 vote to pass the war-funding bill marked a victory for Bush, who has vigorously opposed any move by Congress to impose timetables for ending the Iraq war, now in its sixth year.
. . .The new money for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan puts the war tab since late 2001 at more than $800 billion, with most of that money going to Iraq.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D., Address to California State Democratic Convention, Sacramento, California, March 15, 2003
What I want to know, what I want to know, is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the President's unilateral intervention in Iraq? [cheers].
What I want to know, is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting tax cuts which have bankrupted this country and given us the largest deficit in the history of the United States? [cheers].
[. . .] What I want to know is why the Democrats in Congress aren't standing up for us joining every other industrialized country on the face of the Earth in having health insurance for every man, woman and child in America? [cheers, chants "Dean"].
[. . .] As Paul Wellstone said . . . I'm Howard Dean, and I'm here to represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. [cheers].
Posted by Dave Johnson at June 27, 2008 9:19 AM
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So, how did the Democrats' Anointed Savior vote? Was he one of the 6 against, the 92 for, or the 2 unaccounted for?
That's the one thing I can't seem to find in ANY of the "news articles".
You'd think that would be incredibly important, considering Obama's "strong" anti-war sentiments and his famous "speech" against the war.
Oh, that line of Dean's about "representing the Democratic wing" is hilarious in light of how UN-democratic the Democratic Party was this year in giving Barack Obama 4 Michigan delegates because "some" possible Obama voters stayed home.
By that rationale, why not give John Edwards 4 delegates as well since he wasn't on the Michigan ballot and he WAS still an active candidate when Michigan voters did go to the poll? Of course, Edwards wasn't the DNC's candidate of choice. The only REAL "democratic" thing to do would have been to allow Hillary HER delegates and allow the rest of the delegates to be formally uncommitted to vote their conscience at the convention.
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