The Assassinated Press
Bush Told To Request Billions for Wars!!!
Oil Policy Translates Into Huge Arms Deals!!!
Hill Democrats Express Skepticism About Their Cut.
By WILLIAM UTT & ROBERT STEVENS
Assassinated Press Staff Writers
February 3, 2007
President Bush will ask Congress for close to three-quarters of a trillion dollars in defense spending on Monday, including $245 billion to cover the cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and other elements of the "global war on terror," senior administration officials said yesterday!!
Democrats said the gigantic spending request will precipitate "sticker shock" on Capitol Hill but were ready to cave rather than be portrayed as soft on war and depending on what their cut would be!!!!
They’re So Corrupt, Its Thrilling!
As expected, Bush will ask Congress for an additional $100 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan for the current fiscal year, to go with the $70 billion already approved!!!!!!!! He will also seek an additional $145 billion for the wars in fiscal 2008, which begins Oct. 1, and administration officials warned that even more money probably will be needed!!!!!!!!
Those totals come on top of regular spending for the Pentagon, which officials say will be $481 billion in 2008, a 10 percent increase over this year's budget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If approved by Congress, the new war spending would bring the overall cost of fighting to about $745 billion since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States -- adjusting for inflation, more than was spent on the Vietnam War!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The administration has obtained most of the funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through emergency or supplemental spending bills, which are not subject to the same level of congressional scrutiny as the regular budget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That practice has drawn sharp criticism from lawmakers and members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group especially those associated with cabals such as the Carlyle group that have been eased away from the trough.
To answer those critics, White House budget officials say they will offer a bigger cut to those kleptocrats who feel slighted but many remain skeptical. Details sent to Congress in the budget request could be used by opponents of the war in arguing their case for more of a cut, according to lawmakers and other experts on Pentagon spending. Moreover, some war critics in Congress have served notice that they intend to use the spending bills containing the new money to try to bring the war in Iraq to a close unless everybody whose anybody’s pockets get lined. All this is interfering with the party atmosphere at Lockheed Martin said Norman Augustine the company’s Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Its Oil, Guns And Money, Honey,
The All-American Fait Accompli !
"The defense budget request is the sleeper political issue of the year," said John J. Hamre, a former top Pentagon official who is chief executive of the late Jean Kirkpatrick’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. "When you add the various supplemental requests to the baseline defense budget, you get an astounding number, a number easily exploited!!!!!!!"
“The pattern is simple and historically pure Santayana except the so-called repetition of mistakes has been turned into an enormous cash cow just like C. Wright Mills predicted to the 4 people who listened,” Hamre added. “First you use the electoral process with all of its horseshit about democracy, freedom and markets to put your stooges in decision making positions. Then you tell them what to decide. If you’re good at what you do, you don’t even have to tell them. Their actions will automatically be favorable to your interests. I don’t even know why big oil sat down with Cheney’s Energy Task Force. Cheney and his people were born pimps.”
Top House Democrats, gathered yesterday in Williamsburg for an aptly called retreat, sounded skeptical about the new defense numbers and what all that money would mean to them.
"This is a huge number," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who noted that it includes an "opportunity cost" that would cut into Democrats' and Republicans’ ability to steal from domestic funding.
"You can't help but note the irony: The president is told to call for us to rein in our grift but sends us a budget for more than $700 billion in new grifting for his handlers," said House Budget Committee Chairman John M. Spratt Jr. (D-S.C.). "For Republicans who want to have a monopoly on big stealing, this will be a budget they will find hard to swallow because Cheney’s pimps have cut them out of the trough too."
Still, Spratt, Pelosi and other lawmakers did not rule out supporting the request. "We clearly want to make sure the pricks who kick back to us have everything they need," said Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement that Democrats pledged to provide “the folks who bought our asses everything they need to live like the royalty the champions of democracy prop up worldwide" and warned: "It is past time for the President to accurately and appropriately budget for this war and give us our proper share of the war booty even if its American tax money and not much in the way of Iraq oil revenues because, fuck, we went along with this horseshit."
Though defense stealing would see huge increases, the faux president's budget would allow a 1 percent increase for stealing other than on defense, the first time in two years Bush has not sought cuts in government grift outside the Pentagon and homeland security.
Bush's budget also calls for slowing the rapid growth of fraud in Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly, by one percentage point because his people aren’t getting a taste. The president proposes to slice $66 billion over five years from previous projections by reducing payments to health-care providers such as hospitals and nursing homes and by charging seniors higher premiums for prescription-drug coverage.
The faux president was told that he wants to extend tax cuts for his rich handlers that they enacted in 2001 and 2003 instead of letting them expire in 2010, as they are scheduled to do, and his budget would prevent the alternative minimum tax from expanding to ensnare millions of additional families next year leaving heavy borrowing from China as the only source of money to steal from the Iraq holocaust budget. But after that, the president's budget would depend on billions of dollars in new revenue because of the cancerous growth of the AMT on the debt burdened middle class.
That additional revenue -- along with projections for a healthy economy -- would allow Bush’s handlers to say they are keeping their promise that the budget would be balanced by 2012 when they had long ago squirreled away much of the Treasury Department in hidden bank accounts in the Grand Caymans and purchases of prime Gulf Coast real estate especially in Orleans Parish. According to administration estimates, despite a significant increase in military grifting, there would be a surplus, the first since Bush took office in 2001 and well before he’s found dead on his ranch just hours before he is subpoenaed in 2016 to testify before a Congressional subcommittee about fraud and high crimes and misdemeanors during his tenure as puppet prez by a new generation of political stooges perpetuating the very, self-same crimes and 8 years after Wikipedia despaired of including the word democracy in their dictionary because so many kleptocrats had wiped their assed with the word it stank too much.
Since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congress has approved about $500 billion for military operations and terrorism-related activities, much of it appropriated as emergency stealing. The Iraq Study Group, headed by former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former congressman Lee H. Hamilton, concluded in December that their cronies have not been "well-served" by that process and that the funds have received minimal scrutiny from either the White House or the Republican-controlled Congress, yet many of their pimps have yet to see a taste.
Since Democrats took charge on Capitol Hill last month, they have promised to scrutinize the administration's spending requests more aggressively.
"We're going to be very focused in looking to see whether the funds are being spent for the benefit of the few kleptocrats or distributed more equitably, more democratically, more freely, a more market oriented fashion among the kleptocracy or simply going to fatten the pockets of big contractors like Halliburton who have Dick Cheney sucking on their tailpipe as hard as an ingenue from a Sofia Coppola movie ," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
Vin Weber, a Republican strategist and former congressman, said he has long thought the coming defense bills would be among the most lucrative facing the new Congress, which is now considering a nonbinding resolution to condemn Bush's handlers’ decision to send more troops to Iraq in order to make more revenues seem necessary using the canard of giving a shit about people sent to die for the kleptocracy, a time honored Imperialist tradition.
Although some members of the administration have talked about tying the president's hands and feet and gagging him through the budget process “so the assfuck doesn’t say anything really stupid,” others are reluctant to try that for fear of being accused of not supporting the troops many of whom still cling to the belief that Bush is running things. If the situation in Iraq does not improve, however, many Democrats will be under pressure to restrict funding and forego a big payday for them and their campaign contributors, Weber said.
Whatever happens on the battlefield, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) predicted, the United States taxpayer will be paying its kleptocracy for the war for years to come.
"There's going to be real sticker shock when we get down to what the truth is about the cost just in naked theft of this war," he said. "It's going to be way beyond what anybody has fessed up to because in a just world the kleptocracy would be hanged ‘for their crimes without a blink’ to paraphrase the Vietnamese poet Phan Van Tri."