Posts tagged “military-industrial complex”

This is why you learn Robert’s rules of order (and read the Constitution)

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) conducts himself as all of our representatives should in a Science and Technology markup meeting on the anti-ACORN legislation that is before Congress.

Every Democrat in the country has a political hardon for Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). As I’ve watched Grayson make the rounds since his now famous “don’t get sick/die quickly” speech, I’ve quickly grown tired of his pro-Democrat spiel. The Dems are excited to see someone with a bona fide human spine walking around Congress. Not good enough! They are just as much to blame for our situation today. Hell, Obama is the one trying to stop the public option now! Neither party has any right to exhibit any public pride in anything they accomplish for, oh let’s say, twenty years. But it is ok for me to admit that Grayson is kicking ass in the halls of Congress, as is the case with the Defund ACORN Act.

Florida Representative Alan Grayson is spearheading calls for fraudulent military contractors to be defunded under the anti-ACORN legislation. He points to Halliburton’s misconduct and its “extreme and gross negligence…putting in showers in Iraq that end up electrocuting soldiers, and feeding them poisoned water.”

The federal funding ACORN has received over the past twenty years, Grayson says, “is roughly equal to what the taxpayer paid to Halliburton each day during the war in Iraq.”Jeremy Scahill
The Nation

Yes, hoisted by their own petard. The bill’s (H.R. 3571) GOP language is so broad,

that it applies to “any organization” that has been charged with breaking federal or state election laws, lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws or filing fraudulent paperwork with any federal or state agency. It also applies to any of the employees, contractors or other folks affiliated with a group charged with any of those things.

In other words, the bill could plausibly defund the entire military-industrial complex. Whoops.Ryan Grim
Huffington Post

Be sure to check out the entire list of Federal contractors that have been found guilty of misconduct. At least a few of the 345 members of the House of Representatives that voted for this as a “motion to recommit” (the vote was 345-70) must surely be tugging at the pockets of those companies, begging for forgiveness. Whatever will they do?

No need to worry just yet, military-industrial-congressional complex! This is all assuming the bill survives constitutional scrutiny, which is a doubtful prospect. As the video above suggests, this seems to be a “bill of attainder” or legislative adjudication; basically, Congress is acting like a court and that is very unconstitutional.

Via The Brad Blog

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Enough celebrating, let’s get to work!

First things first, we are going to need some money. Guess where we are going to need to get it?

This is where your taxes really go.


This is where your taxes really go.

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Remember: They Are Liars

I generally don’t republish someone else’s writing wholecloth, but this piece by William Rivers Pitt for Truthout is worth it on two counts. First, it includes a link that I am amazed to discover is still live on the White House web site. Second, it is the truth. Without further adieu…

No one is such a liar as the indignant man.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, along with a slew of administration underlings and a revolving-door cavalcade of brass hats from the Pentagon, have been making claims regarding Iraq for many years now.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, “enough to kill several million people,” according to a page on the White House web site titled Disarm Saddam Hussein.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 500 tons, which equals 1,000,000 pounds, of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of nearly 30,000 munitions capable of delivering these agents.

They lied.
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