From the Silicon Valley Metro, via Alternet, we find that Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee:
SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.
Why she was on the subcommittee in the first place should certainly raise eyebrows. But let's just be clear for the sake of thick-headed Democrats who bask in the illusion that their party leaders do no wrong, that the Dems are somehow a bastion of virtue and a genuine alternative to those dirty corrupt Republicans:
1. She approved contracts -- multi-billion dollar contracts-- awarded to her husband. That's no different from what Duke Cunningham did, and in fact is arguably dirtier by virtue of the fact that at least ol' Duke wasn't married to the people he was fellating (or who were fellating him).
2. Let's get something straight: Richard Blum is an arms contractor. He's a merchant of death. So much for the weak arguments made in defense of Clinton, et al, that "at least Democratic corruption doesn't kill people." Feinstein and Blum are part of the death machine. She may be a little (or medium-sized) Eichmann (although Joshua Frank legitimately calls her a war profiteer), but he's a big Eichmann.
3. It's class, stupid. A Democratic millionaire is not the lesser of two evils, any more than a Black millionaire or a female millionaire or a gay millionaire is. If you somehow think Obama or H. Clinton wouldn't do these things if given the opportunity, well, you'll get the President you deserve, I guess. Unfortunately, I will get the one I don't deserve, and so will my family. My children will be drafted to fight in corporate wars because my hippie, semi-radical friends thought that they should vote for Hillary 'cuz she's got a vagina--and since most of my semi-radical hippie friends are above having kids of their own, they will find excuses to defend wars that Democrats start.
And even if they don't start the wars, they don't have any real incentive to stop them: as one commentator said recently on a different blog:
As long as hypocrits like Feinstein profit, the war will go on. Which democrat raking in millions from the slaughter of Iraqi families and GIs is going to act to stop the war?Let's see how long it takes bourgeois feminists to start defending her...