Sunday, January 31, 2010

Boehner's Time for DADT---Never

Raw Story has Republican leader John Boehner's reaction to legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

The Congress shouldn't even consider policy changes offering equality for homosexuals while the country is facing a recession and two wars, according to the House Minority Leader.

NBC's David Gregory asked Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) to comment about President Barack Obama's call to end the military's controversial policy known as "Don't ask, don't tell." Rep. Boehner believes now is the wrong time.

"In the middle of two wars and in the middle of this giant security threat, why would we want to get into this debate?" Boehner asked, rhetorically....

If we wait for Boehner, there would never be a right time to debate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It might be that perhaps Boehner doesn't want to do the work, research, and writing to review the subject. Taking on legislation like this might actually cause Boehner to give up some of his free time he spends on the golf course and in tanning beds.

The truth is that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has to do with people's lives. The time to create the legislation is now. We are losing some very qualified men and women from our military services while "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is on the books. The time for change is now.

* I was glued to the TV when President Obama appeared in front of the Republican congressional meeting. No matter what talking points the Republicans threw at President Obama, he stood firm and responded with knowledge and restraint. The GOPers questioned the President for 90 minutes. If not for the pressing issues of the day, I bet the President would have continued with the questioning for several hours. The Republicans continued to try to push their proposals but we have to remember that the Republicans have presented little if anything of substance. (Do you remember the Republican budget from March 2009 that contained no numbers? See AHN.) President Obama was masterful in handling those Republicans.

If Republicans are serious about accomplishing something they need to actually do something instead of playing games, stalling legislation, and holding up approval of nominations.

* This evening, my husband and I watched the special Rosie program about families. It was a beautiful program.