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March 30, 2007

When Does the Money Run Out?
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

Apparently when the President met yesterday with House Republicans he asked them if they would be willing to support a veto even if the Democrats took out all of the withdrawal language.  To me this is the strongest indication that he is more interested in vetoing the bill and blaming it on Congress then he is on actually getting a the funding he needs. 

This gets even more interesting when you consider that the President claims that the military needs the supplemental by April 15 to continue to function.  A Congressional Research Service (Download crsmemo_32807_1.pdf) that was just released found that the military has until the end of July before it starts running into trouble.

Basically the President is disingenuously drumming up this fear that the troops are about to run out of money and then blaming it on Congress.  In some ways he reminds me of a petulant child.  For the past four years he has been spoiled and gotten everything he wants.  Now Congress is finally imposing some discipline and he seems to be throwing a tantrum.


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Normally when public funds are appropriated the public is told the reason for the appropriation. The funds will be used to improve transportation, educate children, feed the hungry etc. However there has been no reason for the huge amount of money recently voted except that they are for 'the global war on terror' which doesn't say much. (also for spinach, strawberries, oranges and christmas trees, but we won't go into that)

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Please select one or more reasons for funding the war, a "noble cause" if you will, and announce the results to the American people. We're waiting for an answer. You owe us one.


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