This greatly upset me for more reasons than one.
America's longest war just got longer. Not only did the Senate approve of sending more funding and troops to Afghanistan, they also gave Trump more military spending than he even asked for. It was bad enough having to think about all the social programs that Trump's proposed $584 BN in military spending could have paid for instead of more war. Now we get to do that all over again, to the tune of $700 BN.
Just how much money does the US have to spend on imperialism? How many more wars do we have to fight? We're currently embroiled in seven military interventions plus a shadow war in Africa. Trump had already wasted little time proving his willingness to kill innocent civilians including American citizens, launch missiles into Syria, overcompensate for his tiny dick, and potentially drone even more people to death than Obama did.
That $700 BN alone would be enough to provide free public college, or make up the cost difference between single-payer and the current federal expenditures on healthcare.
The most upsetting part of the story was finding out that so many senators, including the majority of Democrats, voted for the bill.
Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) voted against the mammoth bill.GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), as well as Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.) missed the vote.
So 3 Republicans including Rand Paul, 4 Democrats including Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bernie Sanders voted against it. Note however who was not on the list. Every other Democrat except for the ones listed voted for the bill, including Elizabeth Warren. The Senate Armed Services Committee, of which she is a member, had already approved of the bill by a vote of 27-0. This means she voted for the bill twice.
What is a progressive doing voting to pump even more money into the bloated military-industrial complex? What is a progressive doing ignoring the base that is sick and tired of America being at war? What is the rationale behind using $700 BN to kill even more people, instead of to help those in need here at home?
I was willing to forgive Warren's past mistakes as political miscalculations, but this? This is the last straw for me. I can no longer support her in good conscience.