Friday, May 25, 2007

Kucinich: Blood Money

Ohio Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich's congressional website posted the following press release.

Kucinich: Blood Money

Washington, May 24 - WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released the following statement after voting against a House amendment crafted to facilitate passage of the Iraq supplemental in Congress. The amendment was designed, among other things, to provide for an increase in the minimum wage. A separate amendment, which Kucinich also voted against, provided funding for the war. The two amendments will be joined in the Senate.

Tying the latest Iraq Supplemental funding plan to an increase in the minimum wage is a new benchmark for cynicism, even by Washington, DC standards.

“It tells American workers that the only way they will get an increase in wages is to continue to support funding the war which is taking the lives of their sons and daughters.

“First blood for oil. Now a minimum wage for maximum blood. Aren’t the American people giving enough blood for this war without having to give more to have a wage increase?

“What’s happened to our country? We are losing our moral compass. We’re losing our sense of justice. We’re losing touch with the difference between right and wrong.

“We do not have to continue to fund this war. We must leave Iraq now. Support our troops and bring them home. HR 1234 is a plan to end the war and stabilize Iraq and give Iraqis control of their oil.

“We must take a new path. We must take a path of truth and justice.”

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