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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell May Be Coming to An End February 23, 2010

Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell — Larry E. Stuckey II @ 4:04 am

Earlier this month, Robert Gates (Secretary of Defense) and Michael Mullen (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) announced their intent to prepare the military for the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell.  Obviously, I find this move very positive.  Here are few other interesting items surrounding this story:

 – General Colin Powell (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the don’t ask don’t tell bill was passed) supports lifting the ban

 – A newly released study of gays in the military in other countries shows that inclusion of gays soldiers is not disruptive

One other interesting note . . .  John McCain always said that he would support the lifting of the ban if the top military official, (i.e., the Joint Chiefs of Staff) supported the repeal.  So, what did John McCain say when this event actually happened earlier this month?  He changed his mind.  This man’s integrity is mind-boggling. 

And while we are discussing integrity, let’s reflect upon one of the core values of the army – integrity.  The Army website states that integrity “requires that you do and say nothing that deceives others.”  Well, isn’t don’t ask don’t tell asking military personnel to deceive one another?

Last point here – read my election blog to see why repealing this ban is so important.

 

Democrats and Republicans Can Collaborate

Filed under: Economy — Larry E. Stuckey II @ 3:33 am

Five Senate Republicans (including newly elected Senator Brown from Massachusetts) joined Democrats in moving through a new jobs bill in the Senate.  Here are few key highlights of the bill:

–       Exempts employers from Social Security payroll taxes on new hires who were unemployed;

–       Extends a tax break for business that spend money on capital investments like equipment purchases

–       Expands the use of the Build America Bonds program, which helps states and municipalities fund capital construction projects