Now for the hearing and first off the good news: The recession has ended and America is experiencing a boom economy.
Now I know that the unemployment rate doesn't back that up; however, when a Senate Committee and two government employees are so willing to spend billions of US tax payer dollars, the economy must be a boom one, right?
Under questioning from New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, the US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey defended the *billions* being asked for this year (and billions over the next year) with, "First of all, our assistance will drop. It's already quite low. [. . .] We're looking at 3 to 3 and 1/2 *billion* dollars in assistance ..." Oh, that's low.
We have a record number of US citizens on food stamps, if the ambassador doesn't kow, and we can't even seem to keep unemployment payments going without repeatedly voting for extensions in Congress, but James Jeffrey is comfortable spending your money and mine in Iraq.
He's as fake as his faux JFK accent.
We don't have the money. Not when we can't spend it on our needs here. And no one really seemed to grasp that fact but Menendez.
And even after Menendez raised that issue in the first round, we still got John Kerry asking about if they needed helicopters that they weren't asking for.
We still had John Kerry asking if the Congress could not only spend the US tax payer money on what the ambassador was requesting but also spend more money on things that weren't being requested.
I don't think DC gets how bad things are for people around the country. Maybe that's why they've done not a damn thing in two years to help Main Street while repeatedly gifting Wall Street.
This hearing was illuminating only in illustrating just how out of touch the Senate is. Rebecca asked me to remind everyone that John Kerry is up for re-election in 2014.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"