"Democratic leaders also would like to pass a Pentagon spending bill so they can tell voters that the military's needs are covered until October 2009."
Well, that's great, the WAR MACHINES NEEDS ARE COVERED as well as the WAR LOOTERS POCKETS FILLED.
So HOW ABOUT US, DemocraPs, and I'm not talking about a taxpayer bailout of banks, either?
What the fuck have you done for us, DemocraPs, other than SHIT IN OUR HANDS on the WARS, SPYING, TORTURE, and everything else?
Fucking should be BOUNCED OUT of those offices and onto the pavement, you god-damn cockroaches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please see: Congress Cleans Up While Americans Eat Shit
And No wonder the funding never gets cut off and the occupations go on and on!!!!
In the WAR CONTRACTORS POCKETS and THEN SOME!!!
They ARE the WAR CONTRACTORS!!!
"New study shows US lawmakers have as much as $196 million invested in defense companies"
WASHINGTON: Members of the U.S.Congress have as much as $196 million (€126.2 million) collectively invested in companies doing business with the Defense Department, earning millions since the start of the Iraq war, according to a new study by a nonpartisan research group.
The review of lawmakers' 2006 financial disclosure statements, by the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics, suggests that members' holdings could pose a conflict of interest as they decide the fate of Iraq war spending. Several members who earned the most from defense contractors have plum committee or leadership assignments, including Democratic Sen. John Kerry, independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman and House Republican Whip Roy Blunt.
And you all thought Kerry would have ended the war back in 2004?!
Bush's Skull & Bones' kissing cousin?
He is MAKING $$$$$ off it!!!
Then STOP CRITICIZING the occupation, you double-talking, four-flushing sack of shit!!!!
The study found that more Republicans than Democrats hold stock in defense companies, but that the Democrats who are invested had significantly more money at stake. In 2006, for example, Democrats held at least $3.7 million (€2.3 million) in military-related investments, compared to Republican investments of $577,500 (€372,000).
Overall, 151 members hold investments worth $78.7 million (€50.6 million) to $195.5 million (€125.9 million) in companies that receive defense contracts that are worth at least $5 million (€3.2 million). These investments earned them anywhere between $15.8 million (€10.1 million) and $62 million (€39.9 million) between 2004 and 2006, the center concludes.
Can you say CONFLICT of INTEREST, readers?
I knew you could!
And the MSM is NO DIFFERENT!!
ZNN -- brought to you by Lockheed-martin and Boeing!
It is unclear how many members still hold these investments and exactly how much money has been made. Disclosure reports for 2007 are not due until this May. Also, members are required to report only a general range of their holdings.
According to the report, presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain did not report any defense-related holdings on their filings; Hillary Rodham Clinton did note holdings in such companies as Honeywell, Boeing and Raytheon, but sold the stock in May 2007. All three are members of the Senate.
The WAR QUEEN!!!!!
And DemocraPs think she is going to END the MONEY-MAKING OCCUPATIONS?!
Not all the companies invested in by lawmakers are typical defense contractors. Corporations such as PepsiCo, IBM, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson have at one point received defense-related contracts, the report notes.
The "Defense" tit contains so much milk FOR corporations, doesn't it, readers? Meanwhile, nothing for you except SHIT, 'murkns!!
No health care, no education money, bridges collapsing, etc, etc.
Think about that as you crumple that foreclosure notice.
CONGRESS GETTING RICH of the WARS!!!!
"So common are these companies, both as personal investments and as defense contractors, it would appear difficult to build a diverse blue-chip stock portfolio without at least some of them," wrote the center's Lindsay Renick Mayer.
Still, earning dividends from companies tied to the military "could be problematic" for members that oversee defense policy and budgeting, Mayer adds.
Kerry, a Democrat, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is identified as earning the most — at least $2.6 million between 2004 and 2006 from investments worth up to $38.2 million (€24.6 million).
Spokesman David Wade said Kerry, who staunchly opposes the war in Iraq, is one of many beneficiaries of family trusts which he doesn't control.
How staunchly is/can he oppose it, then?
Or is that just more POLITICAL FOOLEYS!!!!
Wade also noted that Kerry does not sit on the Appropriations Committee, which has direct control of the defense budget.
"He has a 24-year Senate record of working and voting in the best interests of our men and women in the military, not of any defense contractors," Wade said.
Lieberman, an independent and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a member of the Armed Services Committee, held a considerably smaller share at $51,000 (€32,848.13).
It doesn't shock me at all that Joe the Zionist Jew is in the pay of the war contractors!
A spokesman for Blunt, a senior member of House Republican leadership who held at least $15,000 (€9,660) in Lockheed Martin stock in 2006, said the insinuation that lawmakers' votes might be affected by their portfolios is "offensive."
No, what is OFFENSIVE is YOU SCUMBAGS DOWN THERE DISOBEYING the WILL of the PEOPLE while CASHING IN ON IT!!!!
WASHINGTON D.C. is OFFENSIVE to the ENTIRE PLANET!!!!!!
"I don't pretend to speak for other offices, but I am fairly certain that no member would consider their personal finances when voting on issues as important as sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way," said Blunt spokesman Nick Simpson.
And because the lying politician says it, well, it must be true, huh?
Lieberman and Blunt support continued operations in Iraq."
Really? What a surprise, huh, readers?
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