Thursday the House passed the $858 billion National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 350-80. My advise is if your are going to read the 4,000+ page bill -which I doubt many of the 430 House members did – that you hold your nose while doing so because it stinks. I’m not talking about the money involved or the programs that it funds – I’ll leave that to other liberals whom I may or may not agree with – I’m talking of two (one totally unrelated) provisions that weaken America’s military readiness and democracy.
I’ll be hitting the road for a few days. This will be my last “live posting” until I get back. Seems like a perfect time to do some sweeping of my notes and email box.
Today is the first Monday in October which means the Supreme Court begins its new session. For some time, I intended to write this basic article for publishing today. Recent events made that even more compelling.
The fact that this article is being published on the 21st anniversary of 9/11 has not escaped me. Its subject matter is both the biggest American political story of the week just passed and, like 9/11, an attack on America. Worst of all it is far from resolved and is coming from within.
Taking partisanship out of the equation, without a doubt the influence of money is the biggest problem in American politics. Simply put, it is un-democratic and it just got a lot worse!