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Archive for the ‘Troop Withdrawal’ Category

Murtha wants to look at impeachment

Posted by Reuben Ingber on April 29, 2007

Rep. John Murtha appeared on Face the Nation this morning and said that he would consider impeachment as a way to handle the Presidents war in Iraq.

“What I’m saying, there’s four ways to influence a president. And one of them’s impeachment,” Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

This comes as the Presidents veto pen will be drawn from its holster this week, when he vetos the war supplemental bill that includes a timetable for withdrawal.

Murtha continued on to say that the Democratic controlled congress would pass another bill once the President vetos the current bill, this one will have series of benchmarks that must be meant and the issue would be looked again.

“If he vetoes this bill, he’s cut off the money. But obviously, we’re going to pass another bill,” Murtha said. “It’s going to have some stringent requirements. … I’d like to look at this again in two months.”

So basically the Democrats have passed a bill, they knew the President would veto–just to prove a point. Now they have another one ready to go that will send them the funding, with benchmarks, a bill which many Republicans support.

What do you think? 

Posted in Democrat, Iraq, John Murtha, Troop Withdrawal, White House | 3 Comments »

Democrats and Minimum Wage

Posted by Reuben Ingber on April 24, 2007

The Hills Pundits Blog:

Why are Democrats attaching a completely unrelated minimum-wage provision into the Iraq war supplemental? What exactly does increasing the minimum wage have to do with providing our troops the money they need to protect themselves from Iraqi insurgents?

I have two answers: politics and partisanship.

First, the Democratic leadership is trying to trip up moderate Republicans who might want to vote to support an increase in the minimum wage but don’t want to surrender in Iraq. And since they know the president will veto this bill, they can get him on record vetoing a minimum-wage bill when he already said that he would sign one.

I can already see the 30-second ads in my mind. Congressman Joe Blow votes to increase his own pay but votes against increasing the pay of minimum-wage workers. We have seen this ad before, but it hasn’t been included in a war supplemental before. This is a new level of cynicism.

Second, partisanship. The new Democratic majority can’t put together the votes to pass a minimum-wage conference report or a wartime supplemental without resorting to these kinds of shenanigans because they have decided to go it alone. No input from any Republican. No effort to get Republican support. A new version of the majority of the majority.

We were promised something different when the Democrats retook the Congress for the first time in a decade. Instead, we get strange bills, where the minimum-wage increase, the top priority of the Democratic leadership, is slipped into the most controversial and arguably most important piece of legislation that this Congress will act on this year, the emergency supplemental that support our troops in wartime.

The Democrats should vote on the minimum wage separately. It shouldn’t be included in a supplemental.

I couldn’t agree more the Democrats are merely trying to make political moves to cripple the Republicans. Adding all the “pork” to the supplemental bill is wasting our time, and our tax dollars. If anyone is against minimum wage increase its the Democrats, cause they are in control and are playing party politics.

Posted in Democrat, Iraq, Troop Withdrawal | 1 Comment »

Great Britian withdraws troops from Iraq

Posted by Reuben Ingber on February 21, 2007

This morning Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, announced that they will begin with drawing British troops from the southern region of Iraq.

I continue to support the war in Iraq, however as more of our allies begin to pull their troops out, we are no longer fighting a global war on terror but an American war on terror which makes no sense. When we went into Vietnam, we went with a strong coalition which shared the economic costs, life costs, and military costs, in fact the United States made money. The fact of the matter is though that this is not a war that can be solved through a two state division of Iraq, it must end with a “peaceful” and “stable” Iraq. If we cannot help the Iraqi government to accomplish that then there is no hope for peace and stability in the Middle East.

Posted in Great Britian, Iraq, Troop Withdrawal | 2 Comments »