Friday, October 17, 2003
A worthwhile read concerning the new bill for Iraq (pun intended)
October 16, 2003 at 10:52 p.m. ET
How do you get conservatives to abandon their principles and vote for a $20 billion foreign-aid giveaway? You tie it to money for our troops. Suckers fall for for it every time. Either vote for the total package or you're abandoning our troops!
That's how $67 billion to supply and pay our troops in Iraq becomes $87 billion. You just add on $20 billion in spending -- some for Iraq, some for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and Sudan... even a little over $200 million for the State Department.
The leadership doesn't want a separate vote on the $20 billion in foreign aid because they know conservatives would vote against our tax dollars going for such outrageous expenditures as:
$900 million to import petroleum products into Iraq (a country with the second largest oil reserves in the world);
$793 million for healthcare in Iraq when we're in the midst of our own crisis and about to raise Medicare premiums of our seniors;
$10 million for "women's leadership programs" (more social engineering);
$200 million in loan guarantees to Pakistan (a military dictatorship that likely is the home of Osama bin Laden);
$245 million for the "U.S. share" of U.N. peacekeeping in Liberia and Sudan;
$95 million for education in Afghanistan; and the list goes on... including $600 million for repair and modernization of roads and bridges in Iraq (while our own infrastructure crumbles).
And how about this? $2.1 billion to rebuild Iraq's oil infrastructure -- a giveaway of U.S. taxpayers' dollars so Iraq can then make tens or hundreds of billions of dollars selling oil to the U.S.!
Tonight, conservative members of the U.S. House are having genuine misgivings about voting for this $20 billion foreign-aid giveaway and there is serious talk amongst them to vote against the $87 billion package.
Everyone knows Congress would quickly pass the $67 billion request to supply and pay our troops. But the $20 billion giveaway is a different matter -- and that is why leadership has been so adamant to tie the two amounts together and has aggressively opposed attempts to separate the two amounts. It makes you wonder if leadership is more interested in the foreign-aid giveaway than it is in supporting our troops.
Your representative needs to hear from you now. The vote on the $87 billion package will be held Friday afternoon. Urge your representative to vote against the $87 billion package. Tell your representative to stop this $20 billion foreign-aid giveaway before approving the $67 billion for our troops.
Send your message now by going to http://capwiz.com/liberty/issues/alert/?alertid=3761001&type=CO
The Liberty Committee
P.S. There is additional information about this issue posted on our Web site (http://www.thelibertycommittee.org).