Well, they have done it again, these miserable, gutless Democrat bastards in the U.S. Senate. They have gone passed a stripped down bill that gives the vile little fraud in the White House $110 billion more to fund the continuing obscenities in Iraq and Afghanistan. This new vote means the lawmakers have abandoned a $165 billion measure passed by both houses of Congress earlier in the week that contained domestic spending for increased veterans' benefits among other things. Bush promised to veto it and demanded a "clean" war funding bill, and damn if they didn't go and give him just what he wanted. Just what they have been doing ever since the Democrats won a majority in both houses two years ago.
The vote in the Senate on this latest abomination was 75-14. Which means the vast majority of the Democrats in the Senate--including such progressive stalwarts as Joe Biden and Diane Feinstein--voted with an almost solid bloc of Republicans to continue the war. Both Obama and Clinton voted against the measure. The 14 nays also included two Republicans, including to my utter amazement Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Here are the fourteen senators voting against the bill:
Now, I may be dumb as a frigging toad, but if Congress stopped supplying the money for this god-damned war, it would be over with. Problem is, very few members can summon up the balls to cut off funds for troops in the field. But how long do you think it would take the administration to come around if Congress got tough and exercised its constitutional responsibilities? The high crimes of this administration demand more than same old political dance.
Just for the record, I hated the first measure--the one that was abandoned--because it provided funds to continue the war at all. Here's the point: the war must end NOW. As far as I'm concerned, the war is not worth one more penny under any circumstances, and if I were in the Senate, that's the way I'd vote. Don't provide any funds for Iraq. Let the little moron in the White House figure out what to do about that problem.