Support the Troops. De-fund the War.
$1.1 billion dollars in tax revenue from the 30th district has already gone to pay for this war. How much more are we going to spend on George Bush’s War?
We invite you to join us outside Waxman’s office
We are members of MoveOn.org, Gold Star Families for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America, Camp Casey Alumni and just regular citizens like YOU. Spread the word!
the sound isn't great since there was lots of activity in the office, but you can clearly hear the congressman's staffer say that Waxman is "moving" toward defunding.
Meanwhile, please take time to read this moving Op-ed by John Cory at TruthOut.org: Promises to Keep. I had the honor of making a sign this morning for Bailey, a Viet Nam Vet. He told me he was spitting mad about the news (not) coming out of Walter Reed Med Center. I made him a sign that said "Who Will Answer For Walter Reed?"
If you couldn't join us today, you have another opportunity tomorrow. We'll be there at 3pm. Please, come hold a sign, pass out a flyer, be a part of the body count. We heard from Waxman's staff that he is moving toward defunding. We have to let him know that we will have his back if he does it. No one can accuse him or us of not supporting the troops if we defund this war. Defunding is the only way we can bring them home now, alive, and take care of them when they are here.
i vascillate about krauthammer, but i agree it will take courage to do the right thing to end this war.
in this age of (unconstitutuional, unpatriotic, unethical) signing statements these newly proposed pieces of legislation amount to just so much more non-binding resolutions.
the only way to support the troops and end this war is to use the constitutional power of the purse and defund the mofo!
... faced with a straight up-or-down vote on a $100 billion with no conditions
attached, will the Democratic-led Congress continue to pay for a war which the
majority of Democrats oppose?
A vote by Congress to OK the $100 billion would likely add momentum to a
Democratic presidential contender who unabashedly says “Cut off the funds; end
To hear these kids, and yes, so many of them are kids, talk about trying to find some kind of redemption for what they have done, the death and destruction they have caused, will break your heart. They are haunted by the civilians they have killed, the men, women and children caught in the middle of a military action that has been missionless, and the loss of their belief in their own decency. This is what this war has wrought. Sadly, the ones who should be seeking redemption are living and working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and not thinking about the hollowed out men and women that are coming home.
According to recent statistics:
1 in 3 homeless Americans are veterans
1 in 4 veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder with waiting periods of 2-3 months for treatment
There is one VA doctor to every 500 patients
20- 24 year old veterans have twice the unemployment rate of the general population
95% of the National Guard have difficulty receiving pay
Over 200 Iraq war vets have committed suicide
Returning vets have a 70% divorce rate
The current administration has planned for a $65 billion decrease in veterans benefits over the next 5 years
Support our troops, de-fund the war!
On 2/12, Occupation Project LA targeted Rep Schiff's office in Pasadena. Schiff is on the appropriations committee which has an important role to play in the funding issue. Apparently the staff was prepared for the protest with cookies and bottled water for the demonstrators! Rep. Schiff asked that the police stay away and the staff invited the folks sitting-in to spend the night at the office! Schiff also faxed them a letter saying "Dear Friends, Thank you for taking the time to come by my office to demonstrate your concern over the war in Iraq.” From what I have been told, Schiff continues in the letter, saying he is against the escalation and is willing to use the power of the purse to change direction, a very positive sign. From what I hear, yesterday was a pretty positive experience, if surprising. Read the article in the Pasadena Star News - here and watch the video - here. Yesterday, the group moved to the 26th district, Rep. Drier. I hear that was more animated and am awaiting further update. Stay tuned...
Check out "Victory Is Not an Option" by General William Odom
Washington Post - February 11, 2007
Congressman Waxman can hold hearings, debate and even pass legislation on the war, but none of these will bring the war to an end. Congress’ real power lies in their control over funding for the war and their ability to cut off funds except for those that are needed to bring our troops home quickly and safely.
Unless Congressman Waxman acts, the war will continue. The Bush administration has made it clear that they have no intention to end the war and bring our troops home.
Congressman Waxman must vote against any further appropriation that will continue the war in Iraq
De-Funding the War Does NOT Mean De-Funding the Troops
In September 2006 Congress approved $70 billion for the Iraq War. This is enough to bring the troops home quickly and safely. And if we send more money to Iraq again, how can we trust this administration will spend it on the troops anyway?
Call him now. Tell him you will not fund Bush’s war!
Call Congressman Waxman now and insist he answer these questions:
1. How can he oppose the war and fund it at the same time?
2. How many more Deaths – American or Iraqi -- is he willing to fund in our names?
3. What is he doing to bring an immediate end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq?