Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Local races ...

Bob Johnson is running in NY-23. I know I constantly poke fun at the 'upstaters', calling them 'the other New York' but this is serious.


It's not just sheer corruption; there's sheer war profiteering as well. Tammy Duckworth, running for Congress in Illinois, has reported that when she was in Iraq, some units couldn't sand-bag their own facilities because Halliburton had the "sand-bagging contract". The gall of those very words stops me for a moment. Halliburton would pay locals pennies to do that and charge the US Government (in other words ... you and me) for a full labor rate.

And all of this while the soldiers, the poor kids in the Army and Marines, the older soldiers in the Guard and Reserve, all of them got paid little to walk around in a war zone, sometimes without adequate body armor and driving un-armored Humvees. For a veteran like me, it's especially infuriating.

And the Republican government has actively blocked all efforts at investigating this in any way.

The committees responsible in the House, especially the Armed Services Committee on which my opponent (John McHugh) sits, have, to my knowledge, not held a single hearing on this matter. Every attempt at even holding hearings gets bottled up in the Rules Committee in the House. The corruption is so obvious and blatant, and the efforts to block looking into it so complete, it's hard not to get the feeling that it's deliberate. [Link]


The article is your 'must read' for today.

Help elect Bob to the House of Representatives so he can continue his efforts to stop the Rethug corruption that runs rampant through the Congress.

Elect Bob Johnson

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Do you live in NY-23? If you do, vote for Bob in November.

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Huge tip o' the Brain to Dave Johnson.

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