There are two significant and controversial provisions attached to the major military bill that was up for a cloture vote today in the Senate: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and The Dream Act. One involves allowing gays to serve openly in the military; the other provides a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
It stalled a few hours ago, making it highly unlikely that debate on The Defense Authorization Bill will proceed before the November elections.
Let’s just shut down government until November 2nd, shall we? Most of it’s bullshit these days, anyway.
Here’s the official title of what they were addressing today in Congress: Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Consideration of S. 3454, The Defense Authorization Bill. Because we need to debate the process of the debate that will/might take place before we even think about considering the actual bill.
I think debate is extremely important. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s not as if discussions haven’t commenced already. Overturning DADT is not exactly a new idea. But I’m being hard on all those senators and I apologize. I know they’re busy. Yesterday, they needed to spend time on H.R.6000, the Thou Shalt Not Kill Thy Customers Act. And also, S.Res.630, designating November 28, 2010 as Drive Safer Sunday. Today, whip through traffic, text while driving, cut people off. But come 11/28/10, let’s all have our hands on ten and two. Good job senators.
Besides, that big defense authorization bill has a gazillion more provisions attached to it and nobody needs to be told they only have 47 minutes to address authorization of $485 million for construction of an extra engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter. Do not rush them or they may just turn around and threaten NOT to consider H.Res.16: supporting the goals and ideals of National Life Insurance Awareness Month or H.Res.58: Commending the University of Florida Gators for Winning the BCS National Championship Game. I’m surprised, with the BCS so controversial, how they managed to get that through before the November elections.
On another note, if you live in California, you need to decide for whom you’re voting in the gubernatorial election – Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman. Whitman has already spent the equivalent of America’s GDP on her campaign and has barely left a stone unturned. Brown, on the other hand, found some spare change in the seat cushions of his IKEA couch and spent that last week. What did he create? An ad my fourth grade daughter would be proud to have come up with. Meg Whitman is a liar. Meg Whitman is Pinocchio. It’s brilliant, and I mean that in a totally sarcastic way.
Republicans are masters of the controversial yet conversation-steering sound bite. Flip-flop. Pit bull with lipstick. Death squads. The president is a Muslim. Tea party.
Whitman asserted recently that she would cut taxes and eliminate 40,000 jobs. Granted, the jobs of which she speaks are apparently useless and a waste of our money. From Silicon Valley’s Mercury News:
…Whitman continued to assert that she’s found $15 billion of government spending she can eliminate “by making sure we have the right number of people who work for the state of California.”
Payroll, she said, has “ballooned” by 33,000 in the last five years. She has promised to eliminate 40,000 state jobs. Public employee pension reform and welfare reform are also crucial to bringing state spending in line with revenues, she said…
Jerry Brown, instead of creating the obvious sound bite – Whitman is going to cut jobs in California when our unemployment is over 12% – gives us Pinocchio.
I think Whitman is wrong on so many levels, but Brown, being a Democrat, is unable to tell anybody yet why he’s right, unless you’re a fourth grader who can’t vote anyway. Pinocchio? Really?
Let’s talk again after November 2nd.