Monday, April 27, 2009
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Seattle Progressive Politics Examiner: Darcy Burner named executive director of American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation
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Americans Killed: 4272
Americans Wounded: 51,000
Iraqis Killed: 1,000,000+
“…a small price…” Rep. John Boehner
Latest Confirmed Casualties:
*Lance Cpl. Patrick A. Malone, 21, of Ocala, FL died March 10 in Anbar province, Iraq.
*Spc. Gary L. Moore, 25, of Del City, OK died March 16 in Baghdad, Iraq.
*Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo Jr., 32, of Albuquerque, NM died March 20 in Baghdad, Iraq.
*Staff Sgt. Raphael A. Futrell, 26, of Anderson, SC died March 25 in Baghdad, Iraq.
*Lance Cpl. Nelson M. Lantigua, 20, of Miami, FL died March 31 in Anbar province,
*Sgt. Devin C. Poche, 25, of Jacksonville, NC died Mar. 31 near Tikrit, Iraq.
*Sgt. Daniel J. Beard, 24, of Buffalo, NY died April 3 in Al Diwaniyah, Iraq.
*Spc. Israel Candelaria Mejias, 28, of San Lorenzo, PR died April 5 near Baghdad, Iraq.
*Lance Cpl. Stephen F. Dearmon, 21, of Crossville, TN died April 3 in Anbar province, Iraq
*Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., 24, of Lebanon Junction, KY died April
10th in Mosul, Iraq.
*Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, CA died April 10th in Mosul, Iraq.
*Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis, MO died April 10th in Mosul, Iraq.
*Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, IA died April 10th in Mosul, Iraq.
*PV2 Bryce E. Gautier, 22, of Cypress, CA died April 10th in Mosul, Iraq.
Chad (The Left) Shue
Friday, April 10, 2009
“Again, I am certain that we are much better off without John McSame and Sarah Palin calling the shots but, as a Progressive, I have to say that I am not even close to satisfied with what I have seen from the “change candidate” thus far. One thing is certain, unlike with Bill Clinton; I have no intention of simply sitting on the sidelines and giving another “go along to get along” Democrat a free pass.”
Well President Obama has been sworn in and is now closing in on his first 100 days. Unfortunately he has not done very much to abate my concern. From his embrace of the Clinton economic team to his seeming defense of George Bush’s illegal wiretapping of American citizens and now perhaps his most blatant retreat from the change promise that brought him to office. On Thursday, April 9th, White House Budget Office spokesman Tom Gavin said President Obama would send an official request for $83 Billion to support the ongoing occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. This request will come in the form of an off-budget supplemental.
As a candidate, Barack Obama criticized Bush’s use of the supplemental funding bills as being a dishonest way of hiding the true cost of these occupations from the American people. As president he said that he would change the way budgeting was done. In fact, in his address to Congress in February, Obama said,
“Finally, because we’re also suffering from a deficit of trust, I am committed to restoring a sense of honesty and accountability to our budget. That is why this budget looks ahead ten years and accounts for spending that was left out under the old rules – and for the first time, that includes the full cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. For seven years, we have been a nation at war. No longer will we hide its price.”
Sure enough, when the Obama budget was revealed it called for $205.5 billion in war costs for Iraq and Afghanistan over the next year and a half, including $75.5 billion more this year and $130 billion for fiscal 2010. Overall the budget includes a 4% increase to $533.7 billion for the Defense Department. And yet here we are with an $83 Billion supplemental.
According to Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs, while Obama had been critical of Bush's use of previous supplementals he said it was needed this time because the money will be required by summer, before Congress is likely to complete its normal appropriations process. Gibbs said, "This will be the last supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan. The process by which this has been funded over the course of the past many years, the president has discussed and will change."
OK. So this time will be the last time. Why $83 Billion? Your budget request for 2009 is $75 Billion. What happens to the $8 Billion difference? Maybe you can get the congress to make change.
Chad (The Left) Shue