Friday, June 01, 2007


Let's tell Sen. Inouye and Sen. Akaka to quit funding the Iraq war

Yes, our senators both voted to continue funding for the war. Maybe we need to set them straight as to why Hawaii voted the way it did in November. We wanted to end the Iraq war which is killing our citizens and innocent Iraqi civilians, undermining our democracy at home, turning us into torturers, putting our children in debt, draining our resources, and probably endangering us should our National Guard be needed right here to deal with an emergency.

You can call, fax, or even ask for an appointment with either senator to tell them to quit paying for this war. Sen. Inouye is in town, I shook his hand on Wednesday. So you can try to get a senator's ear in person if you like. Just ask. Who knows, they might say yes.

Sen. Daniel Inouye: Honolulu phone: 541-2542 fax: 541-2549 Federal Bldg. Rm. 7-212

Sen. Daniel Akaka: Honolulu phone: 522-8970 fax: 545-4683 Federal Bldg. Rm. 3-106.

Why is your phone call/fax/visit important? Because Congress, with the connivance of the commercial press, is misleading us into believing that they have to pay for the war because they can't overcome the president's veto.

That's bullshit.

The Constitution is clear: it requires Congress to approve all spending. So Bush needs Congress's approval to continue the Iraq war. Congress does not need Bush's approval to end the war. I was reminded of that in the latest Media Advisory at, which elaborated:
Actually, the Constitution gives Congress the power "to raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years."
As to ending the war, the president is not the decider, Congress is.

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) also included this opinion by none other than conservative columnist George Will:
" happens to be right.... They're correct as a matter of constitutional fact, which is that the Democrats could stop the war if they chose. They choose not to."
It may be up to us to change Congress' mind. Rep. Abercrombie and Hirono voted correctly, now let's make sure our two senators do what they should to end this unwanted war.


Akaka and Inouye both get their bribe money from the military industrial complex....General Dynamics who manufactures the Strykers and Lockheed Martin who manufactures depleted uranium ammunitions have a cozy revolving money scheme with both of our senators...they give the war industry big government contracts paid for with our tax money, and the war industries give the senators big donations as a reward, thus the senators get a cut....

Logic tells us that if you are getting a cut, why would you vote to close the cash register???

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