The Root of All Evil: Bush Wants Money for War (not health/labor/education/etc.)

Take a deep breath ladies and gentlemen, because we’re about to get up to our noses in pure bullshit. Bush and Congress have been fighting again as they go back and forth about new spending bills. It’s like tennis, only with human lives at stake.

Bush vetoed a $606 billion bill to fund education, labor, and health programs. His reasoning was that it spent $10 billion more than he wanted. Remember that number.

“The majority was elected on a pledge of fiscal responsibility, but so far it’s acting like a teenager with a new credit card,” Bush said in his speech here. “This year alone, the leadership in Congress has proposed to spend $22 billion more than my budget provides. Now, some of them claim that’s not really much of a difference — the scary part is, they seem to mean it.”

As ironic as it is to hear the President who has continually pumped money into a war that may eventually cost us $3.5 trillion talk about Congress not comprehending the value of $22 billion, it gets worse.

A spending bill that DID pass was for the Department of Defense (surprise!). This $459 billion bill is almost a 10% increase over the Pentagon’s budget last year. This $459 billion is only for the Pentagon and NOT for the wars we are currently waging in Iraq or Afghanistan. While $459 billion also contains what Bush considers “unnecessary spending” (his reason for vetoing the education-health bill), he decided to pass it anyway. It gets worse (again).

He is asking for $196 billion more for war funding alone. Remember that $10 billion that he said was too much for education and health programs?

“With today’s veto, the president has shown once again how out of touch and out of step he is with the values of America’s families,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “Cancer research, investments in our schools, job training, protecting workers and many other urgent priorities have all fallen victim to a president who squanders billions of dollars in Iraq but is unwilling to invest in America’s future.”

However, Democrats have vowed not to be bullied any longer by the President. The House of Representatives approved a bill to give Bush $50 billion for war funding, slightly over a quarter of his request, with the stipulation of an included timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. If Bush were to veto this, as he has indicated that he would, he would not get the $50 billion in war funding.

“He damn sure is not entitled to having this money given to him just with a blank check,” Sen. Harry Reid, the Democrats’ Senate leader, told reporters. “Americans need someone fighting for them taking on this bully we have in the White House,” he said.

So to recap, Bush is harshly criticizing Congress for spending too much on education and health while attempting to exponentially increase the amount of money spent on an already costly war that 70% of the nation doesn’t approve of. How is this guy still in office? Better cover your eyes, because I have a feeling the amount of bullshit is only going to rise before this is all through.

Bush Veto Sets Up Clash on Budget – [Washington Post]

Democrats vow not to be bullied by Bush on Iraq – [Reuters]

Bush uses sixth veto to reject health-labor bill – [Reuters]

Democrats forecast $3.5 trillion in war costs – [Reuters]

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6 Responses

  1. Well when you can’t get re-elected you don’t have to be held accountable.

  2. No one has suggested a budget increase in iraq that would be considered exponential. While I am against the Bush white house and Iraq, I dont think we need to lie to sell the argument that he is a bad president.

    This whole blog is absolutely terrible. You all write half assed political commentary that isn’t funny, and comes off as purely stale, mindless, bullshit that plays to the far left in order to further polarize this country.

    Wake up, realize this isn’t how we are going to fix a nation thats ruined by 8 years of a Bush presidency. You are the reason the far right hates us, and in this country, you don’t win elections by pissing people off.

  3. It is definitely your right to feel that our “half-assed” political commentary is “stale, mindless, bullshit,” but I can’t say that I agree with your opinion. However, I am glad that you seem to find enough merit in our work to continue patronizing our site with your visits. I hope you continue to come back and read us for whatever reason. Even if you don’t agree with us, I think you’ll leave us more informed than when you came.

    And that’s really what we’re trying to do here. If we’re promoting any kind of agenda, it’s an anti-bullshit agenda. It’s no secret that 18-24 age group (our core demographic) are statistically the least likely to vote. I think you’ll agree with me that there is a lot of bullshit in how our government is being run today, on both side of the aisle. If we want change we’ll need more active political participation from all members of our society. The problem for so many members of our age group is the barrier to entry. They’ve heard about Pakistan, but where can they get the story in an understandable format that they can relate to? With so much news on a daily basis, what’s important and what isn’t?

    What we’re trying to do is distill a news story to its most basic and understandable form without bastardizing or over simplifying it. We’re still new at it, and we may make mistakes along the way, but I feel like we’ve done a noble job so far. Additionally, since we are talking about such highly political and potentially divisive issues, it’s natural for readers to feel offended or not agree with us, and we’re okay with that. We do report with bias, because we are advocating issues. I want change in our government, and my commentary will reflect as much. However, one thing we do not do is fabricate numbers. Even if you don’t agree with my piece about Congressional spending, at least you’re informed about how the events have played out. You now have a better basis for forming an opinion on the subject, and that is the foundation of more active political participation.

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    So if people agree with me, I’m glad. If people are pissed off by what I write, I’m fine with that too. As long as people continue to read us and are informed about the news and what’s happening in our world, I’ll continue to write, and I hope you continue to read, regardless of whether or not you choose to agree or disagree.

  4. scott i’m in love with you. in the romantic sense.

  5. […] Remember when Bush asked Congress for an additional $196 billion to spend on the war and Congress in… Good times. Now Bush is trying blackmail. […]

  6. […] Brief Recap:Bush asked for another $196 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Instead, the House of Representatives offered him $50 billion, with a timetable for troop withdrawal.  Sen. Harry Reid said “he damn sure is not entitled to having this money given to him just with a blank check.  Americans need someone fighting for them taking on this bully we have in the White House.”  If Bush wanted money to continue his widely unpopular wars, he would finally have to accept a timetable for troop withdrawal.  It looked like the legislative branch might actually check the power of the executive branch! […]

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