Ron's Likely Opponent
Ron's likely opponent is the incumbent Congressman Jim Moran, a
senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and its Defense
Moran supports continuing the occupations and war in Iraq,
Afghanistan and drone attacks in Pakistan and is for increased,
unneeded, defense spending.
Moran was instrumental in providing President Bush the
funds for the Iraq war/occupation, including the FY 2008 and 09 $165
billion Emergency Iraq War Supplemental , the 2010 DoD
appropriations and the plans for the almost one trillion dollar
record FY 2011 Department of Defense Appropriations.
The $165 billion provided enough funds to President Bush to continue
the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of his
administration and funds for Obama for about the first six months of
his administration. Moran was quoted in “CQ Daily” as saying this
was a good idea. Moran and the other appropriators did this so that
the FY 2009 funding for Iraq would not be debated in the fall of
become an election issue. The Iraq war and its funding should have
been a critical election issue.
Supplementals are supposed to be for used for emergency funding for
items that were not known when the regular appropriation bill was
passed. The FY 2008 and 2009, $165 billion Iraq War Supplemental
included $70 billion to supplement the FY2009 Defense Appropriation
Act which did not exist at the time the supplemental was passed. It
is illegal to supplement a bill that has not yet passed.
Among other pork in this supplemental, there was $3.3 billion for
ten C-17, Globemaster aircraft that neither the President nor the
Air Force budgeted or asked for. These Globemasters were in excess
of Air Force requirements as shown in the latest Air Mobility Study,
will not be delivered for years, will not help
the troops in Iraq and should not be paid for in a supplemental.
Also, we should be building aircraft to fight the ever-increasing
number and intensity of wild fires, not more C-17s.
Jim Moran refused invitations to participate in a Town Hall meeting
on the FY 2008/09 Supplemental. There was no public markup of the
Supplemental in the House and no committee or conference report
before it was voted on.
The invasion and continuing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are
wrongful, unlawful and criminal. Preparing, facilitating and voting
for legislation appropriating money for illegal war are wrongful,
unlawful and criminal.
Jim Moran consistently votes in favor of defense contractors and not
in the best interest of the American people. By way of examples he
• Against revoking funding for the Missile Defense Program. The
Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the law of the land, prohibits
missile defense systems.
• To table (kill) a requirement that the President obtain
congressional approval before withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty. The U. S. cannot legally withdraw from the ABM
• To authorize spending on a missile defense program and low-yield
nuclear weapons and exempt the military from environmental
regulations. The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty prohibits the
development of new nuclear weapons.
Moran supported the TARP/Wall Street bailout has not opposed the
addition $23 trillion (Total $23.7 trillion) of taxpayers money that
has been given or committed to banks and Wall Street by the Federal
Reserve, FDIC and various agencies of the Federal Government.
Little wonder that the deficit for next year is expected to be
over $1 trillion.
Jim Moran voted for CAFTA and NAFTA and other free trade agreements
which are hurting the U. S. economy and destroying the economy of
many developing countries.
Jim Moran voted to impeach President Clinton but voted to "bury"
Kucinich's original Article's of impeachment in committee.
Jim Moran, like many in Congress, blames the Iraq War on President
Bush. Bush could not have started the Iraq war without Congress
authorizing him to use force and then providing the funds for the
war. Moran could have helped stop the war by simply stopping the
funding and/or by helping to impeach Cheney and Bush.
Ron is running so that the people of the Eighth District of Virginia
will have much better representation in Congress.
Ron is likely to have an additional opponent after June.
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