Thursday, April 20, 2006

Congressman Ford Standing Up For Our Troops By Calling For Rumsfeld's Resignation

As my readers may know, in his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Congressman Ford has put forth a Covenant with Tennesseans.

The Covenant outlines the Congressman's dedication to changing our current course of action in Washington D.C.

Today I am going to examine the second goal in the Covenant that Ford puts forth.

2. Reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 75% in 10 years (1), maintain the smartest and strongest national security and emergency response strategy at home and abroad, protect our borders and never again send Americans to war without a clear purpose, mission and exit plan.

Specifically lets have a look at this part of the point: "never again send Americans to war without a clear purpose, mission and exit plan."

That is a point that Congressman Ford feels deeply about. And unlike some people, Congressman Ford has matched his concerns with action.

Right now the Congressman is fighting for the well being of our brave men and women in Iraq by calling for Donald Rumsfeld to resign and be replaced by Colin Powell.

He understands that a Rumsfeld resignation would not signal defeat, but would create a unique opportunity to set the course of action in Iraq on the right path, which would benefit our troops like nothing else.

Rumsfeld has created blunder after blunder in Iraq and the mission is still not clear and there is certainly no exit plan. Put simply, it is time for him to go and Congressman Ford understands that.

This is the kind of action I want in my next U.S. Senator.

Congressman Ford has shown himself to be someone who has compassion and is willing to stand up and fight for what he feels is right and what is in the best interest of our nation.

I salute Congressman Ford for following through on his campaign promise and fighting for the well being of our nation and our troops.

Question of the Day: Why won't Bryant, Hilleary, and Corker stand up for the safety of our troops by supporting the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld?

More: Republican war hero and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel proclaims he has lost confidence in Rumsfeld.

“The concern I’ve had is, at a very dangerous time, (the) secretary of defense does not command the respect and confidence of our men and women in uniform,” Hagel said.

There is a real question about his capacity to lead at this critical time,” he said.

“I have had many conversations with military leaders about their concern about what’s happening at the Pentagon and with our force structure.”

106 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!