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Congress Funds Wars With Billions to Spare

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Posted on Jun 18, 2009
U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Erica J. Knight

After the president signs a $106 billion emergency supplemental, the U.S. will have shelled out about $1 trillion in “emergency” funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—not including the Pentagon’s obscene annual budget, exponentially expanding health care costs for wounded troops, and the interest on all that debt. True to form, lawmakers threw in $2.7 billion worth of cargo planes no one asked for.

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The bill includes about $80 billion to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through this fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The Pentagon has predicted that the Army could begin running out of money for personnel and operations as early as July without the infusion of more money.

It also provides $4.5 billion, $1.9 billion above what the president requested, for lightweight mine-resistant vehicles, called MRAPs, and $2.7 billion for eight C-17 and seven C-130 cargo planes that the Pentagon did not ask for.

On the nonmilitary front, there’s $10.4 billion in development and other aid for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and numerous other countries; $7.7 billion for pandemic flu preparedness; and $721 million to pay off what the U.S. owes for U.N. peacekeeping operations.

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By Folktruther, June 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment

Last weekend Obama came out for cutting Medicare.  He has stated that we must cut social security as well since it is predicted to not have enough money in 2041.  this by economists who can’t predict the economic weather next month.

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By Antinazionista, June 19, 2009 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Totally broken country, totally. The sheer scale of the disaster that is the USA is mind-boggling, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

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By boggs, June 19, 2009 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

Never forget that most of your legislators are heavily invested in all the war profiteering companies. Thats why we keep bases scattered all around the world. It has nothing to do with protecting the United States citizenry, but only protecting the profits of the wealthy legislators.
Time to get angry folks!

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By Squeeky, June 19, 2009 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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Some communities have gone back to printing local currencies (not backed by feds). Local retailers and service providers within a community have banded together to accept the local currency. This has a number of beneficial effects: 0% inflation, generate commerce, build sense of community and responsibility.

check out they are doing in Ithaca, NY.

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By juandejesus, June 19, 2009 at 7:48 am Link to this comment
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NO MORE EARMARKS…TRANSPARCY, TRANSPARCY, TRANSPARCY
WHAT A SHAME…THEY ARE ALL THE SAME

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By JT Lancer, June 19, 2009 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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Meet the new, boss, same as the old boss.

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By thekingofcheap, June 19, 2009 at 6:59 am Link to this comment
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Oh my god, please just make it stop!  When I read about getting no national health care scheme and then the billions wasted on killing machines in a “war” nobody gives a fuck about, it makes me want to take up heroin as a hobby.  Every time I hear some asshole say “this is the greatest nation in the history of the world” I want to gouge my eyes out, except then I wouldn’t be allowed the sick pleasure of watching it implode.

Sorry for ranting ...

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By photoshock, June 19, 2009 at 4:27 am Link to this comment

Re: Idarad, you are exactly correct in your assumption that this is not the system of government it once was.
We are saddled with a broken and non-fixable system of governance that continues their corporate masters bidding at an enormous price to the citizens of this country and the world.
Taken as a whole, we the people are being screwed by the very system that is sworn to protect us, our rights and the way of life we have chosen. Yet, the corporations and their lackeys, the lobbyists continue their gi-normous spending sprees on weapons systems we have no need of, wars which are illegal and unethical, and to top it all off, these same corporations have broken the backs of the Congress and the Supreme Court, hell they already own the presidency.
One such corporation is the Federal Reserve System, it is the purveyor of lies and half-truths that have bankrupted this country and made mega-billions for them. This ‘Federal’ system of making fiat money, has
corrupted the very foundations of government that were the basis of true democracy and which are now nothing but a joke to those who own the ‘Federal Reserve Banking System.’
What will it take to regain control of this country?
A completely new system of government, whereby the people, the true government of the United States, take back control of the money making process and get us out of the debt-ridden money making system that we currently live under. 1913 was the watershed year for this country, in that year, we the people were totally and completely forgotten as a source of control and governance, the income tax, which is illegal and unethical, was instituted and has continued to break the backs of working people for the last almost 100 years. Yes it is time for another
tea party, but one which gives the power of governance back to the people and not the lackeys of wealthy corporate masters.

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By idarad, June 18, 2009 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

Has there been a more salient example that congress has no value as a part of the once heralded balance of power.  When Bush the lesser was playing dress-up for eight years, the republicans gave him every penny requested to commit war crimes and murder at will throughout the world.  The democrats almost showed enough of a backbone to oppose some of that funding, though could never get enough votes to withdraw the funding of the murder brigades.
Now with Obama asking for war crime money, the democrats all (with the exception of 30 principled members) voted to provide the funds while the republicans (who never showed any principles during their reign of errors) all the sudden find that funding war crimes and murder is not such a great deal.
This vote and the process exemplifies the broken system of government we are now saddled with and will continue to endure.

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