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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WAR PARTIES JOIN HANDS IN $$$ ORGY

There were two important votes today in the House of Representatives (one must wonder who is really being represented by most politicians these days).

The first was a vote on Rep. Dennis Kucinich's resolution calling on the U.S. to remove its military forces from Pakistan. It went down in a blazing vote of bi-partisan unity 372-38. Those brave souls who voted in favor of the resolution were:

---- YEAS 38 ---

Baldwin
Campbell
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Davis (IL)
Delahunt
Duncan
Edwards (MD)
Ellison
Farr
Filner
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Jackson (IL)
Johnson (IL)
Jones
Kucinich
Lee (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Lofgren, Zoe
Maffei
McDermott
Miller, George
Napolitano
Ortiz
Paul
Pingree (ME)
Quigley
Rohrabacher
Rush
Sánchez, Linda T.
Serrano
Sires
Stark
Towns
Velázquez
Woolsey

Thirty-two Democrats and six Republicans voted in favor.

Then there was the vote on the $33 billion war supplemental for the remainder of 2010. Again the Democrats and Republicans held hands and passed it overwhelmingly showing skeptics that the two parties do find areas to agree with each other - namely war and corporate welfare.

In this case the vote was 308-114 in favor of the war $$$. Those who voted No were 102 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Those who passed the war spending bill were 160 Republicans and 148 Democrats.

Here is the list of those folks who voted NO on more war $$:

---- NAYS 114 ---

Baldwin
Becerra
Blumenauer
Broun (GA)
Brown, Corrine
Campbell
Capuano
Castor (FL)
Chaffetz
Chu
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Cohen
Conyers
Costello
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
Delahunt
DeLauro
Doggett
Doyle
Duncan
Edwards (MD)
Ehlers
Ellison
Eshoo
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Flake
Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi
Gingrey (GA)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hastings (FL)
Hinchey
Hirono
Holt
Honda
Inslee
Jackson (IL)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, E. B.
Jones
Kagen
Kaptur
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kucinich
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Linder
Lofgren, Zoe
Maffei
Maloney
Markey (MA)
Matsui
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
Meeks (NY)
Michaud
Miller, George
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Nadler (NY)
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Pallone
Paul
Payne
Pingree (ME)
Polis (CO)
Quigley
Rangel
Richardson
Rohrabacher
Rush
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Schakowsky
Schrader
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Shea-Porter
Slaughter
Speier
Stark
Stupak
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Velázquez
Waters
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Welch
Woolsey
Wu

Our Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) from the 1st district voted right on both of these. She deserves a pat on the back. Maine's Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME) voted wrong on the Pakistan resolution but then voted correctly on the war $$ supplemental. A bit confusing for sure.

When Democrats come around this fall seeking your money and your vote in November ask them how they voted on this war $$ bill. When they start talking about all the bad things Republicans will do if they get elected - like cut unemployment, teacher jobs, health care, and the like - ask these blowhards how they figure they can pay for their social spending promises and fund two wars at the tune of $7 billion a month.

It's enough to make you sick. The Democrats have proven that when it really counts most of them love the Republican agenda of endless war.

I refuse to give up or give in. There is far too much at stake.

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