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Congress is starting a debate on the budget bill, which has $165 billion in funding for the war in Iraq, but only $2.7 billion for emergency spending in the US. That's a 61:1 ratio in favor of spending your tax dollars in Iraq, rather than here in the US.
The US infrastructure is failing, and levees all over the Midwest are failing, or getting ready to fail. Flooding is destroying homes and businesses across the region. Roads and bridges in America are in serious disrepair, and schools across the country are in need of renovation. The electric grid is a disaster. Investment in alternative energy and medical research to cure diseases is abysmally low.
By The Associated Press
03/04/08 "AP" -- -- WASHINGTON: Members of the U.S.Congress have as much as $196 million collectively invested in companies doing business with the Defense Department, earning millions since the start of the Iraq war, according to a new study by a nonpartisan research group.
The review of lawmakers' 2006 financial disclosure statements, by the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics, suggests that members' holdings could pose a conflict of interest as they decide the fate of Iraq war spending. Several members who earned the most from defense contractors have plum committee or leadership assignments, including Democratic Sen. John Kerry, independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman and House Republican Whip Roy Blunt.
That's a 61:1
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
reply to post by jhill76
Indeed. This gov has truly evolved into one big, giant, happy crime family. They all keep screwing this nation over and acting like the populace doesn't even exist, except for when they need to extort more of our tax dollars from us for their profiteering ventures. The whole lot of them are morally empty, save for 1 or 2.
Originally posted by Brothers
Why don't the government make the oil companies pay for the war.