Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Congress is awesome

The Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act passed the House yesterday 412-12. (Here's another article with some good info on this.) Two bastions of sanity on this day (and this is the only time you'll ever hear me say this) were Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, a leading critic of the bill, said it would antagonize the many Iranian people who oppose the Tehran government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "We're telling the Iranian people, 'we have feelings of friendship for you. we like you so much, but we're going to cut off your home heating oil.'"

"This will unify the Iranian people against us," said Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas.

The Senate ain't getting to it until next year, so this is pretty pointless for the time being except to jab a sharp stick in the eye of a regime that we're trying to compel to behave a certain way.

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