President Obama has finally come through for his LGBT constituents by ordering the Justice Department to stop defending The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Read More Now That Obama Has Decried DOMA, Republicans Are All About Job Creation Again
I’m the first to admit that I wasn’t particularly infected with Obama Fever and have been pretty skeptical of him so far. Mainly, the never-ending rhetoric of “hope” and “change” seemed like he was making too many vague promises, too many big promises, without any real chance of being able to follow through on them. (After all, even though people hold Presidents accountable for a lot of things, it’s Congress who has to pass the domestic policy, and that tends to move at a glacial pace.) Read More Three Things Congress and Obama Accomplished
As this week wraps up, let’s take a look back at what’s happened and make a few educated (entirely speculative) guesses about the future. But first, do you ever feel like you’re on a carousel and keep passing the same waving parent, or it’s Groundhog Day and you keep eating the same diner breakfast, or you fell in a black hole and now every day is the worst day ever? You’re not alone–millions of people feel this way, and it’s because our government keeps debating the same issues, over and over, ad nauseam, and true change has gone the way of the 8-track and typewriter. Read More Political Round-up: Republican Grinches, Trillion Dollar Bills, & First Responders
While conservatives basically rode opposition to “Obamacare” to victory in the 2010 midterms, the bill’s been flying under the radar since November 2, with Congress far more preoccupied with tax cuts, DADT, and unemployment benefit extensions, and Republicans biding their time for 2011, when their swelled numbers will face better odds of dismantling the bill in Congress. Read More Federal Judge Rules Health Care Bill Unconstitutional
This week’s smorgasbord of political odds-and-ends is brought to you by my short attention span. Plus, doesn’t it seem like lots of stuff is, y’ know, happening this week? It’s no ratification of a defense spending bill or passage of a long-overdue nuclear war treaty (hey, everyone’s too busy picking out the least offensive holiday knick-knack for the in-laws to bomb their frenemies anyway, amirite?), but for a Congress that might as well spend its sessions in a perpetual, partisan paintball war (face and groin shots highly favored, +10 for hitting that wily McCain who’s always changing the goalposts or declaring a rematch halfway through the game), it’s a nice little Christmas peace offering, like giving your kid a cat-shaped tin instead of the real cat they asked for (this happened to me). Read More Political Round-up: WikiLeaks, Tax Cuts, DADT and More!
The official Pentagon study, which surveyed 115,000 troops and 44,200 spouses, was released yesterday, but not publicly, so all we have to go on are the anonymous claims made by people who’ve worked on it or been privy to its findings. Apparently, getting permission to read the results of a nationally pertinent study is harder than getting in to see the Wizard these days. Read More Will the Pentagon Study Help or Hurt DADT?
Thanks to our lovely Ophelia, it came to my attention that Judge Joe Rehyanksy of Hamilton County, Tennessee published an article on The Daily Caller advocating for what amounts to corrective rape for lesbian troops. This is just the tip of the iceberg of unbelievable crud that’s been catapulted into the Internet-o-sphere regarding DADT and gay service-members, so, for your head-shaking, brain-exploding enjoyment, here are the worst of the worst arguments. Read More The Worst Arguments Against Repealing DADT
Today, Congress reconvenes for the lame duck session, and boy, do the Democrats have a lot of turkey on their plate! By “turkey,” I mean bills they either a) were unable to pass because of Republican filibustering or b) didn’t even attempt to pass because they knew the Republicans would filibuster them. Read More DADT: What to Expect in the Lame Duck Session