by Maya Schenwar
Punk Planet #80
July 31, 2007
Welcome to Bizarro Congress. The past six months have been stuffed chockfull of triumphs and disappointments for the Democratic Party: bills denouncing the Iraq War, bills prolonging the Iraq War, bills calling the troops home, bills providing the funds to keep the troops in Iraq for up to three more years. The strange news? They’re all the same bill. The 2007 Supplemental Spending Bill, which passed both the House and the Senate in late March, put more than $100 billion toward the continuation of the Iraq War—billions more than President Bush himself suggested. Along with a proposed additional $142 billion slated to pass in the fall, this budget’s substantially bigger than any military budget in the past six years. Yet almost every Democrat in Congress voted to support the spending bill, as long as a little provision was attached: a timetable for the pullout of troops from Iraq by 2008.
“It’s like me saying to my sons, here’s ten dollars—don’t spend it at Hollywood video,” says Laurie Hasbrook, an organizer with the Chicago-based antiwar group Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), which has been leading the movement against the supplemental spending bill since it was proposed. “The very necessary next step is for Congress to stop funding the war.”