When the House and the Senate pass similar but not identical bills, they
create a conference committee to work out the differences. When they both
passed amendments to the “emergency supplemental” spending bill stipulating
that none of the money could be used to build permanent bases in Iraq, the
conference committee, behind closed doors this week, resolved that
non-difference by deleting it.
Ain’t that just the way you learned about how Congress works back in your
civics class? Doesn’t it just make you feel like exporting Democracy?
I doubt that the existence of the Peace Tax Fund decreases people’s interest
in war tax resistance. I would think that, on the whole, our work to educate
people on how their taxes are spent would heighten their consciences to this
issue and perhaps lead some to resist payment of war taxes.
When I present on the Peace Tax Fund, I always talk about the existing war
tax resistance movement, and I refer people to
NWTRCC to learn about how to practice war tax resistance. I am a
war tax resister myself.
As in many social movements, there is the more radical, civil disobedience
side of things, and there is the safer, legislative side of things. It seems
logical to me to give people a wide range of options for how to be involved.
Perhaps you already noticed this evidence of the batshit insanity at the front
of the parade: After three prisoners at Guantánamo were “found hanged” there
recently, Rear Admiral Harry B. Harris
Jr., who runs the joint, said
of these reported suicides (and I am not making this up):
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