What Matters In the Iraq Funding Bill

I have not blogged on the passage in the House of an Iraq funding bill for one simple reason – the passage of the bill is irrelevant. The Senate won’t pass it and if it does, the President will veto it.

What passes is not what matters. What does NOT pass is what matters. NO FUNDING without timlines, without a date certain for ending the Debacle.

I am sort of frustrated that this simple point, made by me for quite a while now does not seem to sink in.

But one more time for posterity:

I ask for three things: First, announce NOW that the Democratic Congress will NOT fund the Iraq Debacle after a date certain. You pick the date. Whatever works politically. If October 2007 is the date Dems can agree to, then let it be then. If March 2008, then let that be the date; Second, spend the year reminding the President and the American People every day that Democrats will not fund the war past the date certain; Third, do NOT fund the Iraq Debacle PAST the date certain.

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    • Edger on November 16, 2007 at 1:17 am

    How many times does NOT DOING something need to be explained to people before it does sink in?

    • Turkana on November 16, 2007 at 1:21 am

  1. Is the date currently being proposed as the no more funding past this date certain.

    • documel on November 16, 2007 at 1:28 am

    Bush is being impossible over this–no surprise–I wonder if the Dems had started impeachment proceedings in a timely manner, would Bushie still fight to keep a failed war going?  Maybe he would have made a deal, drop impeachment and he’ll get out of Iraq.  We’ll never know because Pelosi is a shitty card player.

  2. I think the vote on the motion to recommit, which would have produced a “clean” bill, is.

    • pfiore8 on November 16, 2007 at 2:03 am

    like these big boys and girls don’t get it.

    they get it. they know what they can and can’t do.

    the ones not getting it… that would be us. they aren’t here for me. you. the american middle class.

    and i’m going to say it everyday until YOU start getting it. instead of wasting all this precious brain power on pissing and moaning about what is or is not in a bill why don’t we come up with some hard action.

    forget the numbers. let’s just start something. let’s get constitutional conventions in every state. but let’s start in Vermont or some state that’s been advocating for impeachment. let’s be out loud about a movement to change the consitution so that we, at the state level, can recall our representatives.

    pick a state in which to start. pick a good one too.

    you want rock the country? then we better get started. doing something that REALLY changes the equation. like taking some power back.

  3. a higher grade of meaningless symbolism these days!

    This bill that won’t pass prohibits the CIA from waterboarding!

    I look forward to seeing what is included in the next bill that won’t pass! I am hoping for a repeal of gravity.

  4. They just don’t give a shit.

    Most of the Dems in Congress do not share our goals.

    We want to end the war.  They want to get re-elected.

    We want the restoration of the Constitution.  They want to get re-elected.

    We, most of us, want universal health care and a cleaner environment through governmental regulation of industry.  They want to get re-elected.

    And because they’re ascared that the Republicans will call them mean names if they make any strong moves toward fulfilling their constituents needs… they simply don’t.

    But you knew that already, eh?

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