David Swanson's Blog – June 2010 Archive (9)

War Escalation Funding Fight This Week

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who will openly tell you he does whatever President Obama and Speaker Pelosi instruct, can bring the war escalation funding to the House floor despite the opposition of Appropriations Chairman David Obey. This is because the House passed the bill without the war escalation funding and sent it to the Senate, which has now sent it back to the House.

The current plan is to pass a single bill that includes both the war money and some lipstick (disaster… Continue

Added by David Swanson on June 29, 2010 at 9:06am — No Comments

Hoyer Can't Handle Questions

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke Tuesday morning in a large private room (the Columbus Room) at Union Station in Washington, D.C. and took questions. He had no answers for the questions I put to him.

Hoyer's topic was fiscal responsibility, and he said that his proposals -- which were all pure vagueness -- would be appropriate to enact "as soon as the economy is fully recovered." Don't hold your


Hoyer, as is the custom, bragged about cutting and trying to…


Added by David Swanson on June 22, 2010 at 10:23am — No Comments

An Easy Way to Dramatically Change Congress

There are lots of ways to change Congress that falsely appear easy, that would alter the rules and patterns of behavior if only Congress were already fixed and willing to make the changes, or if we owned the

television networks, or if people could suddenly hear what they're paid

good money never to hear. But I've got a way to change Congress that is

actually easy.

Congress lacks leadership. There is a progressive caucus, but it has never fought for anything. It doesn't…


Added by David Swanson on June 21, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Obama Was Created By Our Failure to Impeach Bush

By David Swanson

Remarks at the Rutherford Institute, June 16, 2010

Video of these remarks and the following Q&A posted at


I want to save most of the time we have for your questions, so I'll be brief and I'll start with a couple of questions for you. And then I want you to think of questions for me, because otherwise I'll just go on and on about what I want to talk… Continue

Added by David Swanson on June 16, 2010 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

It's Not a "Defense" Department

By David Swanson

The U.S. military budget, and the add-on war budget, and the total of the two have all been headed upwards for years and have been headed upwards for the past year and a half. Yes, I know, all you hear about

is the one airplane that the so-called Secretary of Defense doesn't

want but that Congress insists on giving him anyway. But he and the

President have twice asked for a larger overall budget and twice been

given it. And almost none of it has…


Added by David Swanson on June 11, 2010 at 10:22am — No Comments

Mass Murder in Charlottesville, Virginia

By David Swanson

During the past five years since I moved back to Charlottesville, Virginia, I had yet to observe the slightest violent incident, prior to the recent spree of horrific mass murders. There was crime, but I

hadn't ever seen it. I had only heard about it in the local media.

First there was a young woman picked up hitch hiking and murdered. That

was many months ago now. Then there was a man from Charlottesville

attacked out of the blue up in the…


Added by David Swanson on June 10, 2010 at 9:12am — No Comments

Nothing to Kill or Die For

By David Swanson

On Saturday, June 5, I took part in an event organized by Jeff Nall of Humanists for Peace, together with Nall, Armineh Noravian, and Debra Sweet. Nall had organized a panel at the national conference of the American Humanist Association to talk about the need to work for peace. And the room was packed.

The audio of all four of us…


Added by David Swanson on June 6, 2010 at 7:57am — No Comments

Prophecies Are for Violating

By David Swanson

I wrote a review of Karen Malpede's new play "Prophecy" when I had only read but not yet seen it. Karen read the review and invited me to lead the first in a series of talk-back discussions

following performances in New York, and I did so on Wednesday. For that

incredible privilege I'm glad I wrote that early review, but…


Added by David Swanson on June 4, 2010 at 1:37pm — No Comments

The Wonders of the American Way of War

By David Swanson

If a person could approach you on the street, gently caress your cheek, and walk away leaving you with the feeling of having been violently slapped and dowsed with a bucket of ice water, they would

approximate Tom Engelhardt's writing, including that in his newest book

"The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's."

Let me stipulate from the start that at least three-quarters of the book has nothing to do with Obama, but deals purely with…


Added by David Swanson on June 1, 2010 at 12:53am — No Comments

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