Thursday, December 9, 2010
So what is the bill? It's the bill that keeps the government churning away. Without it, government spending on the military comes to a screetching halt. That's why it's not really all that shocking that there could be some partisan back and forth as this particular bills failure to pass could be a really nasty thing.
Right now, there's a filibuster in the wings, which threatens the advancement of the bill. President Obama has issued a statement revealing disappointment that the bill has not been passed yet. For the last 48 years it has been passed, and without it - military families will be on the hook.
Everyone knows that the government won't leave the military hanging. However, this is a definite political gesture and game, and one that points out politics as usual. President Obama has shown a willingness to compromise, giving in to some GOP demands in order to make headway in some of his desires. He's been labeled a "sell-out" by the far left.
The filibuster is because a small group of senators oppose the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" which would end discrimination in the military dealing with sexual preferences. It's an executive order signed by Bill Clinton that meant that the openly gay could not serve in the military.
Maybe the National Defense Authorization Act 2010 will be able to pass before Congress Adjourns.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
“I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces -- my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that.”
Elizabeth Edwards suffered from Breast Cancer, and found a lump in her breast during the 2004 presidential election campaign. She was in support of her husband, who was running with John Kerry for the Democratic campaign against Bush 2's re-election. She was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer the day after the general election.
Edwards was sidelined later on when it was revealed that he not only had an affair, but also fathered a child out of wedlock. Edwards' little girl, Quinn, was born out of the affair between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter.
Rielle has not expressed any remorse for the affair. John Edwards' political career is over.
Rest in peace, Elizabeth Edwards. The Facebook message she posted yesterday was a great final message, wasn't it?