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March 24, 2007

Rubber stamp Reichert Votes to Continue Iraq Debacle

Hey Eastsiders, how do you like your Congressman now? Apparently, Dave Reichert thinks the President's policies in Iraq are just fine - and voted against the resolution to set reasonable limits on spending and troop readiness for Iraq and Afghanistan the other day.

So if you are wondering why the federal deficit is out of control and your children's futures are being mortgaged for a war in a country whose citizens are even fighting amongst their own religious sects (Shia vs. Shia and Sunni vs. Sunni)...you might want to give Sheriff Dave a call.

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Posted by Jeff on March 24, 2007 at 10:22 AM in Policy | Permalink


I'm an Eastsider. In fact, I'm one of those top one percent who are paying more than a third of all income taxes.

Supporting the president is fine with me. My tax dollars are being well spent to defeat our enemies.

This isn't Vietnam, my friend. The stakes for a secure world are high.

Posted by: Whacky | Mar 24, 2007 12:00:39 PM

Well, Whacky, there are just a few problems with your thesis. To start with, we aren't fighting our enemies over there. We're fighting people who have local political concerns that don't affect us in the least. Second, we're losing. Finally, we're doing it at a rate of spending that makes Vietnam look like a bargain-basement folly in comparison.

The only thing you're right about is that it isn't Vietnam. It's worse.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Mar 24, 2007 1:57:40 PM

Actually, what Reichert did was to vote to cut off funding to the troops. The bill in question here was an Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan. According the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, "If Congress does not approve emergency funding for our troops by April 15th, our men and women in uniform will face significant disruptions, and so would their families." Reichert and 197 other Republicans voted against this funding bill. So there you have it, Reichert does not support the troops.

Rep. Reichert voted "No" to: $97 BILLION in direct support for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; "No" to an additional $1 BILLION to the Defense Department request to address the rising conflict in Afghanistan (where the Taliban and Al Qaida are increasing their base of power); "No" to $2.8 BILLION for Defense Health Care; "No" to an additional $1.7 BILLION to the request for veterans health care; "No" to $2.5 BILLION, in additional funding for the Strategic Reserve Readiness fund to ensure that our troops are properly equipped and trained.

Reichert in effect voted to cut off funding for our troops.


Posted by: Chad (The Left) Shue | Mar 26, 2007 3:37:34 PM

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