Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Senate Republicans: COMPLETELY CORRUPT

Like you needed me to tell you that...

So, could someone please tell me why Senator Dorgan's amendment -- to setup an investigative committee into defense contractor abuse, and set out clear criteria for such abuse -- was defeated. With all but ONE Republican voting against?

Some excerpts from the amendment:

(1) IN GENERAL.--Whoever, in any matter involving a contract or the provision of goods or services, directly or indirectly, in connection with a war or military action knowingly and willfully--

(A) executes or attempts to execute a scheme or artifice to defraud the United States or the entity having jurisdiction over the area in which such activities occur;

(B) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

(C) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations, or makes or uses any materially false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; or

(D) materially overvalues any good or service with the specific intent to excessively profit from the war or military action;

shall be fined under paragraph (2), imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

I know first hand how much money def contractors can waste... The fact that our congress spends more time debating boys kissing than how to spend (and police the spending of my money) is unacceptable.


http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?r109:1:./temp/~r109WUtFRD:e16841

http://www.senate.gov/~levin/senate/statement.cfm?id=257088

9 comments:

bombsoverbaghdad said...

Because the neocons are looting the state and Americans are too dumb to realize it. For the GOP, that issue is a big loser. Meanwhile, Arianna and the Dems fight on for gay marriage--an even bigger loser.

RoR, Check out yesterday's LA Times. The Sheriff here is going to start flying unmanned stealth drones to "monitor crime." Unmanned planes will be monitoring city streets. . .

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Reign of Reason said...

Couldn't agree more: there are real issues out there we supposedly paying government to deal with... Instead, they are simply wasting our money or worse: implementing draconian surveillance in the name of 'counter-terrorism' or crime.

What these people need to do is think before they act. But I fear that's asking too much of our elected officials.

1984 is right... and its accelerating.

bombsoverbaghdad said...

There's been a coup. It just hasn't been announced yet.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

They do think before they act. That's the problem. They have thought long and hard about how to get power and it has worked. The problem is that the masses don't think long and hard before they accept the fantasies peddled as facts.

jj said...

Will it be long before telling the truth as you do becomes dificult if not impossible?

Your post below may be the beginning.

BOB -you may be right.

Reign of Reason said...

You are right II... it's the people who aren't doing the thinking. True to form most American's want "the max" for the minimum effort -- including there government.

Seems like 75% of the populace is ready to swallow whatever lie comes out of a politicians mouth -- no matter how outrageous. What's amazing is that it remains true even as they are getting kicked in the teeth.

mrsleep said...

Jack Nicholson said it best "you can't handle the truth".

The truth is too painful to acknowledge, so the masses listen to the fantasy.

The bigger the lie, the more likely the masses will swallow it.

Odysseus said...

Two Party System: Completely Corrupt. I don't know about you guys, but it seems to me that the Democrats will only support measures that would benefit the public only if they are certain that the measures will not pass, or oppose offensive measures only if they are sure to pass. Aside from the war vote, that is. What did we get the last time the Dems controlled congress and the presidency? Nafta? What did we get at the Democratic convention in 1968 when the public wanted us out of Vietnam? More of the same and riots, then a twice-elected Nixon.

People don't like this republican leadership because they are too efficient and blatant in the transfer of wealth. But as the relentless spin continues, in 15 years GWB will be more popular than Reagan. Also, as the spin continues and public services are undermined, the percentage of bigots, xenophobes, rah-rah nationalists and supporters of organized religion in the population will continue to grow. Both parents will eventually be forced to work and leave their kids even more exposed to the advertising industry, resulting in more support for the Repubs.

And the Democrats? This kind of environment fills their coffers and their campaign business booms. Then they offer up candidates who will not change major policies and are just a couple of degrees better than the Republican candidates. In short, they make too much money losing elections to offer up a candidate who would actually win and fight to change the system for the benefit of the public at large, and the worse the opponents get the more money the dems make. How else do you explain Gore choosing Leiberman as a running mate, and Dean and Kucinich being sidelined?

To me the whole two party system stinks because it is so efficiently controlled by the powerful.

If someone will point out 5 to 10 measures that the last Democratic congress and president passed that benefitted the public at large at the expense of the wealthiest few, I'll shut up about the Democrats being almost as bad for the public as Republicans.

Reign of Reason said...

Clinton raised taxes on the upper-income folks in 1993... Can't show a direct link to "the public at large", but it did help him to balance the budget and therefor not saddle future generations with debt.