Monosyllabic Pedantry

Friday, July 18, 2008

Slaves of the State

We might as well just resign ourselves to the idea that we get up and work every day so that the government can take our money for it's own idiotic needs.

The latest is this piece of crap.

$48 BILLION for aids in Africa. Give me a fucking break.

Sure, they'll bleat all day about how they understand the pain 'the American family' is feeling at the pump, and how they know we're stuggling.


Gas prices up, the dollar in the dumps. Doesn't matter. Some illiterate, barely evolved tribes need $48,000,000,000, so they can go on killing each other.

Add that to the other $Billions we give away, mostly to people who want to kill us. Just for one year, I'd love for us to give $0.00. Just to remind the assholes where it comes from.

Here's the roll call for the vote. Even my two asshole senators voted for it.

Grouped By Vote Position YEAs ---80
Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Brownback (R-KS)
Burr (R-NC)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corker (R-TN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs ---16
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bunning (R-KY)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Sessions (R-AL)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting - 4
Kennedy (D-MA)
McCain (R-AZ)
Obama (D-IL)
Warner (R-VA)

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  • While I don't share your ideas about the "barely evolved" African societies, it's true that many African leaders are corrupt (you could shorten that to "many leaders are corrupt") and the money often doesn't get to the proven effective programs that work (because they are run by godless feminists like the International Women's Health Coalition). The American fundamentalists like Coral Ridge Ministries who are investing in gold mines and diamond production while they are exporting old-time religion have a hand in this. Still, there's this thing called "dollar diplomacy" that we're doing -- spreading around a bit of cash to pave the way for foreign investment and American policy influence. We can do that this generation or send troops next generation -- poverty breeds instability and American corporations are investing buttloads in African nations, seeing them as the biggest new frontier of capitalist consumption. (Think India in the 1970s and 1980s...) If all those consumers die from AIDS, bad deal for SONY and Verizon. Since Nigeria is a major oil-producing nation, I'm betting the bulk of the money will go there.

    You might want to think about the oozing sore of a war in Iraq as a far more costly waste of time, life, and money. Depending on who you believe, that little debacle is burning up between $200-700 million a day.

    By Blogger Bridgett, at 7:05 AM  

  • We've had this talk before. War is expensive, and by the way, my crazy right wing news sources are saying that the Iraq war is all but over. Some sources estimate most troops could be out by the end of the year.
    There must be some political motivation to get most of the combat troops out before Barack gets into office. The analagy I'm reading is that we have 'crossed the Rhine'.

    As for the dollar diplomacy, I'm not disagreeing with your statement, but how's that working out with Egypt?

    By Blogger Exador, at 11:01 AM  

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