Wednesday, March 12, 2008

House Fails to Override Veto

Probably just a symbolic attempt, but nonetheless:

HR 2082 was the bill that was designed to ban waterboarding. The full description was: "To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes."

[A waterboarding ban was part of that.]

These three Democrats voted to uphold Bush's veto and joined the Republicans, and they had previously joined three other Democrats in voting against the legislation in December:

Nay OH-10 Kucinich, Dennis [D]
Nay GA-8 Marshall, James [D]
Nay CA-35 Waters, Maxine [D]

I tried to find an explanation for the votes, but I couldn't locate one. Perhaps they're just being "consistent" in their desire to not vote for any program that funds or supports the intelligence community. I don't think they are "FOR" waterboarding. I think they want to draw attention to themselves by voting against their party and against funding the intelligence community. And that's, umm, to put it mildly, brain-dead and immature.

Either way, this is another example as to why we need to have BETTER DEMOCRATS in the Congress. Kucinich, Marshall and Waters aren't the kinds of Democrats we need. They are self-centered, self-important, and in it for themselves.

I don't know--instead of grandstanding and all that, instead of being difficult, can't you just vote with the Democrats once in a while?

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