March 01, 2006

Spotlight on the Democrats

Specifically Senator Feinstein's War Profiteering:
According to the Center for Public Integrity, Feinstein's husband Richard Blum has racked in millions of dollars from Perini, a civil infrastructure construction company, of which the billionaire investor wields a 75 percent voting share.

In April 2003, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave $500 million to Perini to provide services for Iraq's Central Command. A month earlier in March 2003, Perini was awarded $25 million to design and construct a facility to support the Afghan National Army near Kabul. And in March 2004, Perini was awarded a hefty contract worth up to $500 million for "electrical power distribution and transmission" in southern Iraq.

Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, is reaping the benefits of her husband's investments. The Democratic royal family recently purchased a $16.5 million mansion in the flush Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. It's a disgusting display of war profiteering, and just like Cheney, the leading Democrat should be called out for her offense.

And that's exactly why the Bush administration is so darn bulletproof. The Democratic leadership in Washington is just as crooked and just as callous.
UPDATE: Thanks to Abby786 for advocating this blog on Kos.

As an anti-Bush Australian, I have always been happy to pinch stories from Kos without ever feeling comfortable with the idea of getting closely involved - I mean, seriously... a Skull & Bonesman who couldn't bring himself to call for a pullout from Iraq, that's the best you Dems could do last time around? And where is the opposition to vote-rigging?

Why should the rest of the world support the Dems? If I were in the USA and voting, I suspect I would vote Green: they are the only ones who have maintained a position of integrity over the past two elections. Indeed, I sometimes think that a global coalition of Green parties might be the best possible antidote to Bush's corporate global vision...

It's the same story in Australian and the UK, of course. What we really need is REAL CHANGE, not just a four-year-swap from one set of profiteers to another...

And BY THE WAY, that sort of genuine democratisation is also probably the best way to deal with anti-Western terrorism. They don't really hate us for our freedom: they hate us for our self-serving lies.

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