Three stunning thoughts on war, oil, and immigration
I quoted Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul a few days ago. Now here are three insights by Democrat Dennis Kucinich that were startling to me. They come from an interview at the ever-fresh DemocracyNow!
First thought: Congress can force the President to end the war without passing a single bill. Huh? Think about it. Funding expires. Funding bills serve only one purpose: continuing.
JUAN GONZALEZ: What about those Democrats who argue that they could not get a majority vote or at least one that would survive a presidential veto to stop the funding, so that they’ve got to then have a concession of some sort?
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: I want to make sure I’m being clear about this. I’m saying that it’s not necessary to have a bill, that the process depends on legislation to keep the war going. … there’s money in the pipeline right now to bring the troops home. We simply should tell the President we’re not going to fund the war, period. We don’t need legislation to do that. And the idea that somehow we need to fund the war to help the troops, again, it’s an absurd thought, and we need to start to reorient ourselves to getting out of Iraq. This administration isn’t going to do that, and frankly, the Democratic Congress is failing the American people at this moment.
Second thought: The proposed benchmarks pressure Iraqis to surrender control of their own oil industry.
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH:Yes. It’s really not too well known on Capitol Hill, but the benchmarks that the administration has been insisting upon, and now the benchmarks are in the Warner amendment that will be included in this legislative process that will keep us in Iraq, include a provision that insists that the Iraqi government pass a hydrocarbon act. The benchmark says it’s about equitable sharing of revenues. That’s three lines, vaguely worded lines, in a thirty-three-page document that’s all about the restructuring of the Iraq oil industry to permit multinational oil corporations to take over 80% of Iraq’s oil. I mean, this is a criminal action that is going on here, and we ought to be standing up against it and challenging it. We have no right to take Iraq’s oil or to facilitate the acquisition of Iraq’s oil on behalf of multinational corporations.
Third thought: There’s a reason illegal immigration has become a problem only recently.
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: … this whole battle over immigration ignores the fact that the waves of immigration started right after NAFTA passed. Wages collapsed in Mexico. Migrants came across the border seeking a chance for a better wage and a better life. […]
We need to … go back to bilateral trade conditioned on workers’ rights, human rights and environmental quality principles. Once we have a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico that’s based on workers’ rights and a decent wage, then workers in Mexico can be assured that they can have a decent living. They don’t have to go north of the border in seeking that opportunity.
We need to stop attacking these migrant workers, because actually what’s been happening is they’re the victims of a system that has enabled corporations to make great profits using a cheap supply of labor. This has been a disgrace in this country […]
Wow. As with the Ron Paul story, you just don’t hear the mainstream candidates saying these things.
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Tags: oil, war+on+terror, immigration, illegal+immigration, NAFTA, benchmarks, oil+bill, war+funding, Kucinich, presidential+candidates, Monte Asbury
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