Friday, May 25, 2007

Piled Higher and Deeper

THE PROGRESS REPORT of The Center for American Progress Action Fund for May 24, 2007 reported that:

Congressional leaders say they dropped Iraq timeline legislation because "White House attacks that they were again on vacation" for Memorial Day while the troops were fighting on the ground "seemed more politically threatening to them" than anger "from the left by bowing to Mr. Bush."
That’s just great. Our Congress proves once again that re-election is much more important to them than America’s future and the well-being of our military.

Three more military language specialists have been discharged for being gay, and the House Armed Services Committee wants the Pentagon "to explain how it can afford to let the valuable language specialists go."
Oh yeah. Let’s keep those “values” in the fore-front. The nature of someone’s sexuality is always more important than their value to national security. Every righteous American knows that.

"Hoping to subdue a rising wave of resistance" within their ranks, House leaders "are set to put their long-stalled lobbying reform package to a vote today."
So this morning’s news tells us all about the “reform package” that Congress voted on to ensure that they won’t have to give up their place at the trough. The saddest thing about all this is that when the lights go down and the camera is turned off, all members of both parties can be heard slurping up the deep green slop. You just can’t see their faces. If you look closely tomorrow, though, you’ll see the greedy drippings on the fat jowls of Republicans and Democrats in equal measure. How will we ever get rid of them?

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has sued the White House " alleging the administration refuses to comply with a public records request related to more than 5 million e-mails from administration officials that have gone missing."
Just one more reason to ask, “Have you no shame?”
And, finally:

All over all the news this morning is word that our Congress has handed Mr. Bush all the money he wanted for his war - no strings attached. (Plus a lot of pork, of course.) Arguments for it included that not to pass it would be to abandon our troops. What about the argument that to pass it leaves them entirely vulnerable in Iraq? Is there no validity to the desire to remove them from danger? As for what we have done and will continue to do for Iraq, find the interview with an Iraqi family debating on whether or not to abandon their home at Sorry I can’t give you a direct link, but as I write this, they haven’t posted it yet. Just find the link to Morning Edition on the left margin of the NPR home page and then look for the Middle East section.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -- M. K. Gandhi

Individually we have little voice. Collectively we cannot be ignored.
But in silence we surrender our power. Yours in Peace -- BR

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