Friday, October 06, 2006

Congress votes 100-0 to fund war

Oct 4, 2006 11:37 PM

"Federal budgets are among the most political of documents. The recent passage by the U.S. Senate of a record U.S. military budget of $447 billion, including a $70 billion "bridge" fund for the next six months of bloody occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, is a profound political statement about the underlying politics of both parties of big business in the U.S.

"The vote was 100 to 0.

"This is not just about the politics of the Republicans and the Democrats. The Senate is a millionaires’ club. Its members are well connected to the corporate and financial establishment. As such it is as good a representation of ruling-class political sentiment in this country as you can get—particularly when there is complete unanimity.

"The message of the vote is that, no matter how dissatisfied they are with President George W. Bush, no matter how much their politicians and their press accuse Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of arrogance and tactical incompetence, no matter how they criticize the lies the Bush administration used to go to war in Iraq, their bottom line is to continue the funding—not only of this war but of future wars.

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