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Crossposted at DKos
Here is a good example of what is in H.R. 2346
We are going to give $230+ million to a DoD Base Closure Account in order to carry out operation and maintenance, planning and design and military construction projects not otherwise authorized by law.
Are we getting single payer health care? Are we getting a commitment to rebuilding America through building infrastructure and the manufacturing sector? Are we getting the return of the Glass-Steagal Act, or the repeal of Gramm/Leech/Bliley? Are we getting to the end of mountain top removal coal mining, or the beginning of a more sustainable energy plan? Are we getting investigations and a Special Prosecutor for the War Crimes committed by Bush/Cheney?
What we are getting are drone missiles, new army bases overseas and defense contracts. With a side of suppression of evidence of war crimes and a big financial bailout on the side.
We are getting a bill called H.R. #2346, The Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009
This is an example of what your scarce national resources that are not there for national health care is going to…
Military Construction, Army
For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Army’, $1,229,731,000
For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Army’, $49,000,000
Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps
For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps’, $243,083,000
Military Construction, Air Force
For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Air Force’, $265,470,000
Military Construction, Defense-Wide
For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Defense-Wide’, $181,500,000
North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program
For an additional amount for ‘North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program’, $100,000,000
Department of Defense Base Closure Account 2005
For deposit into the Department of Defense Base Closure Account 2005, established by section 2906A(a)(1) of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. 2687 note), $230,900,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out operation and maintenance, planning and design and military construction projects not otherwise authorized by law.
But we are definitely going to be out of these wars really, really soon. Promise.
Does that make any damned sense to anyone?
This bill is like a Wall St bailout for Defense Contractors and the IMF. There is so much stuff in here, it is hard to tell what is pork and what is pure bullshit.
Instead of Infrastructure to repair aging bridges, levees and other important building contracts, we are going to spend millions of Federal dollars to fund this.
Loans to International Monetary Fund
For loans to the International Monetary Fund under section 17(a)(ii) and (b)(ii) of the Bretton Woods Agreements Act (Public Law 87-490, 22 U.S.C. 286e-2), as amended by this Act pursuant to the New Arrangements to Borrow, the dollar equivalent of up to 75,000,000,000 Special Drawing Rights, to remain available until expended
The same failed notions that privatization, less regulation, decreased Government taxing and spending and strict control of monetary policy that are pushed by organizations like the IMF, the WTO and the World Bank are what caused this meltdown. Why are we going back to the same fools that helped cause the Global financial disaster we are still stuck in? This must certainly be the only way to fix the problems of the Global economy.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Tucked within H.R. 2346 are little gems such as this
Sec. 1305. (a) Short Title- This section may be cited as the ‘Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act of 2009’.
(b) Definitions- In this section:
(1) COVERED RECORD- The term ‘covered record’ means any record–
(A) that is a photograph that was taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States; and
(B) for which a certification by the Secretary of Defense under subsection (c) is in effect.
(2) PHOTOGRAPH- The term ‘photograph’ encompasses all photographic images, whether originals or copies, including still photographs, negatives, digital images, films, video tapes, and motion pictures.
Transparency? The only thing that is transparent at this point is the fact that we can see right through this sort of thing. Moving forward is the first step towards complicity in the crimes committed by Bush/Cheney in the Iraq-Torture scandal, and our Legislative Branch and Obama’s Administration seem to desire the ability to “move forward” in the hopes that by avoiding the hyper-partisan environment such a fight over war crimes would be, it would better serve the issues that face us. To not distract from their overall agenda, which I fully support if it includes real reform and a change of the status quo, I believe this may be better served as a second term issue, yet, we should not be content to wait and hope until then.
Sadly, I fear that in their rush to put all ugliness behind them they risk ignoring the problem itself and the risk of sharing with Bush/Cheney et al the guilt of war crimes through the passive act of tolerance that will ensure their own complicity in these acts. The fact is making the photos of war crimes go away doesn’t make the fact that war crimes were committed go away.
So, what are we getting for our money from H.R. 2346?
War. War is what we are getting. War, and the ability to suppress evidence of war crimes. War, and the ability to perpetuate the war profiteering that goes on before, during and after wars are ginned up out of thin air when we desire to torture prisoners to create evidence of the need to go to war. This is the exact opposite of progress. America can ill afford more plush military contracts and Multi-million dollar permanent military bases, not when it comes at the expense of a solid social safety net that benefits society as a whole.
In short, how can those who justify the need for bills such as this not be able to justify the need for health care too, or education, or anything else. If they found the money for this war supplement they can find the money for real change, whatever that may be to you.
In my eyes, real change is accountability, transparency and the rule of law. Real change is stepping up to the status quo that ruins our economy, lies to us to justify war, and commits international war crimes.
If Congress or the President steps up to change this bill, that would be a great sign of change.
I hope that this is what will happen.
As stated previously, this bill has already passed the House and The Senate. It is now in a conference committee of Senators and Representatives where they will work out differences in the versions of the bill approved by each house. The bill then goes to the President before becoming law.
Let us that every politician on both sides of the isle who vote for this bill will also vote for health care reform, EFCA, infrastructure spending, new financial regulations, education, social security and every other bill which is more important to American families and individuals than more war spending.
Mind you, I will not be giving anything but opposition to any politician who votes for this piece of trash and does not vote for the agenda America demanded on Nov 4, 2008.