Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another reason ...

We're gonna be in Iraq a while longer:


According to the most recent reports of their personal finances, 151 current members of Congress had between $78.7 million and $195.5 million invested in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. In all, these companies received more than $275.6 billion from the government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according to, a website of the budget watchdog group OMB Watch.

In 2004, the first full year after the Iraq war began, Republican and Democratic lawmakers—both hawks and doves—had between $74.9 million and $161.3 million invested in companies under contract with the Department of Defense. [my em]


And you wonder why Congress has been toothless, even with a Dem majority. Be nice if our representatives put our interest before theirs for once.

Great thanks to Avedon for the link.

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