Pork Bribes for Surrender
The Democrats plan in Iraq fails to address or even acknowledge any of the consequences of a US withdrawal from Iraq. Democrats know this, and recognize that their plan has no hope of passing without offering substantial bribes in the form of Pork Barrel Spending. Pork projects that are included in this bill include $20 Billion in spending not related to the war. Such as $500 Million for the western fire season, $4.3 Billion in disaster aid aimed at California Farmers who were hurt by an unusual freeze earlier this year, $74 Million for peanut storage, & 25 Million for California Spinach farmers effected by the E. coli outbreak last year.
Wasn’t Fiscal responsibility one of the campaign themes of Pelosi & Company… I guess that too was nothing more than a campaign slogan. Somehow I am not surprised.
Some of this spending may be well intentioned and good programs, but if they were that shouldn’t they rate an up or down vote based on their own merits? Similarly shouldn’t the Dem plan for Iraq get an up or down vote based solely on its own merit?
Since the Dems plan has no Merit, and completely fails to address the consequences of a US Withdrawal from Iraq, a vote on its Merits will likely never happen. This “plan” is just another example of Democrats trying to gain a short term polical advantage at the expense of our National Security.
From ABC News:
Democrats seeking votes for their Iraq-withdrawal plan have stuffed the bill it’s in with billions of dollars for farms, flu preparedness, New Orleans levees, home heating and other causes.
Some critics say the Democrats are simply being opportunistic using a must-pass measure for funding U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to carry items that can’t advance as easily on their own.
At the same time, Democratic leaders are trying to increase support for setting deadlines for ending U.S. military combat in Iraq, which they’ve made part of the larger legislation.