Huffington Post political reporter Ryan Grim went on MSNBC today to discuss congressional support for the war in Afghanistan. On Tuesday the House of Representatives voted 308-114 to pass a $59 billion measure to fund the 30,000-troop surge in Afghanistan, among other programs.
Grim noted that many Democrats broke with the president to vote against the funding, with one major reason for that being the removal from the measure of a significant amount of social spending. "But still," Grim said, "there were enough Democrats, about 150 of them, to join with Republicans to fund this war. And it just shows the unbelievable disconnect between the American people and how they view this war and Washington and political elites right now."
Grim added: "Here we are in the worst economic time since the Great Depression, and the only thing that the government is willing to do deficit spending for is war."