Murtha plans to “fence the funding” for the Iraq war

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Buried in this piece by Bush-hater Arianna Huffington was this tidbit of info on Murtha’s plans to control the Iraq war purse strings (emphasis added):

When we asked about the likelihood of the president sending additional troops to Iraq, Murtha was adamant. “The only way you can have a troop surge,” he told us, “is to extend the tours of people whose tours have already been extended, or to send back people who have just gotten back home.” He explained at length how our military forces are already stretched to the breaking point, with our strategic reserve so depleted we are unprepared to face any additional threats to the country. So does that mean there will be no surge? Murtha offered us a “with Bush anything is possible” look, then said: “Money is the only way we can stop it for sure.”

To this end, Murtha, the incoming Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, is planning to hold wide-ranging hearings, starting January 17th, that will focus on the depleted state of our military readiness , as well as contractor corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal is to turn the spotlight on how drained the military has become, and on how any talk of a troop surge is utterly irresponsible (as well as strategically misguided). “The public,” he said repeatedly, “is already ahead of us on all this.

He says he wants to “fence the funding,” denying the president the resources to escalate the war, instead using the money to take care of the soldiers as we bring them home from Iraq “as soon as we can.”

That’s a dressed up way of saying ‘we’re prepared to cut and run from Iraq by controlling the purse strings.’

Murtha isn’t the only despicable Democrat who has this idea. There are plenty more.

And the moonbats, unsurprisingly, are elated.

It’s a crying shame that the Democrats don’t care as much about winning in Iraq as they did about winning last year’s elections. In fact, it’s outright disgraceful that they don’t even want to win. A more sorry bunch I’ve never seen.

Immersed in a bribery scandal, re-elected Rep. William “Refrigerator” Jefferson receives a standing ovation from Congressional Black Caucus

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CNN reports:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — On the same day that the 110th Democratic-led Congress convenes with a plan to immediately pass lobbyist and ethics reforms, the Congressional Black Caucus Thursday gave a standing ovation to Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who faces an FBI probe into bribery allegations.

“The haters… and negative nabobs…the people who spoke against him couldn’t prevail against the people who spoke for him,” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, master of ceremonies for the CBC’s celebratory event, said Thursday morning.

Just when you thought the moral bankruptcy of the CBC couldn’t get any worse. Of course, what can you expect from an group of Democrats who have repeatedly aligned themselves with anti-war/military hate-Bush wacko Michael Moore, even giving him an award during the 2004 Democratic National Convention?

Hat tip: Allah

Prior:

If you were president, how would you handle things?

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The President is taking heat from all sides these days, on just about every issue. With that in mind, ST reader sanity made a good suggestion in a prior thread:

ST, here is an idea….

Open up another thread, and lets play a little bit of make believe. Instead of doing like hte democrats and play make believe in the basement about impeaching the president….lets do a “What would you do if you were President?”

We have a wide array of ideas and thoughts, and I for one would truly be interested to see how everyone would handle the problems the President faces, from foriegn policy, wars, terrorism, immigration, illegal immigration, domestic policy, trouble in the party, rumors, the media, opposition (democrats vs republicans), handling disasters, ect.

I think this would be an interesting debate, because it seems many think our current president is either dumb as a box of rocks or the most devious man in the world. Being too stupid to pronounce nuclear but so devious he outsmarted the entire democrat party in voting for a war…etc.

I would be curious how everyone would handle what he has had to handle.

How do deal with media that is out to get you?

Leaks?

Upstart regimes like N. Korea and Iran?

etc.

I really think this would be an interesting debate.

Have at it, ya’ll :)

Dems take control of Congress today

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It’s a big day for the Democrats and their friends in the MSM, as the Dems take control of Congress for the first time in 12 years. Here’s a mini-link roundup of stories, opinion pieces, and blogposts related to the swearing in of the 110th Congress:

—– George Will explains in detail to clueless Democrats about how one of their pet issues, the minimum wage increase, doesn’t actually help the people it’s intended to, and he reminds Republicans that they have little credibility with which to stand against this issue because of their pork barrel spending sprees over the last several years. Captain Ed breaks it down:

Will makes a point which many on both sides have missed, which is that the Bush administration’s spending spree makes it politically difficult for them to oppose the increase. After all, Bush signed the pork-filled farm bill in 2002 that benefitted the large farmers more than anyone else, and he signed a highway bill in 2005 that notoriously contained over six thousand earmarks. If the government wants to give away money, why not to the poor?

But that’s precisely the problem. They aren’t giving away money, not from their checkbook, at any rate. They’re distorting a market for a short-term political benefit that will do nothing to raise the standard of living for the people they supposedly want to help. Arbitrarily raising the prices of services and goods in a marketplace causes inflation, not an increase in real value. They’re forcing consumers of labor to pay more for the same service, from which they will get no increased benefit — and that means that they will have to pass the costs along to the consumers of their goods and services, all through the distribution chain.

Yep, and opposition to minimum wage is not just about money, but also merit. Democrats can’t stand the fact that some people have worked their way up the success ladder and are making more money, while others do not (most of the time because they don’t deserve to). Getting an increase in pay based on merit and not based on a government mandate is an idea that doesn’t compute with Democrats who think the government is better suited to determine what an employers workers will make than they are. And unfortunately, this is one of those “feel good” issues that Republicans, who are now in the minority, will not stand strong against because they know it’d be a political career killer, thanks to Democrats who have purposefully demagogued the issue for political gain themselves.

—- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic political enemy Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) is still PO’d over the fact that la Pelosi passed over her for chairman of the House intelligence committee. Get over it, Jane. Didn’t you know that Pelosi is “the most powerful woman in America”? Heck, she said so herself. As a side note, can you imagine if Bush proclaimed himself the most powerful man in America? The far left would foam at the mouth in outrage, and insist that it was proof that Bush was aware of his power and ‘knew how to abuse it’ without consequences.

—- Let’s just hope the “most powerful woman in America” can get her minions back in line. After all, yesterday they scuttled away from the podium in the ‘retreat heard round the world’ – if your party can’t stand up to being confronted by hostile moonbat ‘supporters’ like Cindy Sheehan what does that say about your ability (or lack thereof?) to stand up to Al Qaeda?

—- Oh, and good luck enforcing those ‘ethics rules’, Speaker Pelosi.

—- Senator Hillary Clinton is ‘meeting with allies’ in order to ‘hone’ a 2008 strategy. The NYT has the story.

—- Overrated media darling Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has an opinion piece posted in the Washington Post today that reads like a man who intends to run for president, where he talks about what Dems ‘must do’ to ‘keep’ the trust of the American people. If you’re bored and have nothing pressing to do, here’s the link for your perusal.

—- Speaking of overrated Senators, did you read about Sen. John McCain’s rant regarding the “GD [immigration] fence”? Not that I thought he had much of a chance before, but I think the McCain has just effectively kissed off his chances at a presidential nomination with this comment. (Hat tip: Allah)

—- It might be a new year with a lot of new members in Congress, but House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Charlie Rangel is up to his same old tricks. Jerk.