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The Battle over Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell intensifies……

Okay ….To tell ya the truth…I don’t know where the heck this thing is going….

The compromise…..Out right Congressional repleal,…..The GOP trying to keep things status quo….

Things are just that fluid……

The chief backers of repeal, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), another senior member of the panel, would need 15 votes, or a simple majority, to include the legislation in the 2011 defense authorization bill.

According to the latest count by gay-rights activists, who are pressuring panel members to vote for repeal, all Democrats on the committee — except Sen. Jim Webb (Va.) — are expected to support scrapping the ban.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) on Wednesday boosted the chance of passage at the committee level when he announced he would support a deal struck earlier this week between the White House and Lieberman, Levin and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.).

“We are increasingly confident about the Lieberman compromise and that this could very well be a historic week in the United States Congress,” said Marshall Wittmann, Lieberman’s communications director.

The lawmakers and the administration agreed to repeal the policy only after the Pentagon finishes its review of repeal implementation and President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen certify that it can be achieved consistent with the military’s standards of readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruitment and retention.

The gay-rights activists believe 16 Senate Armed Services Committee members, including Lieberman and Levin, will vote in favor of repeal.

They are  counting Democrats Robert Byrd (W. Va.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Daniel Akaka (Hawaii), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Evan Bayh (Ind.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Roland Burris (Ill.), Jeff Bingaman (N.M.) and Ted Kaufman (Del.), and Republican Susan Collins (Maine).

Byrd late Wednesday gave his support to the repeal amendment after Levin and Lieberman agreed to allow Congress to have 60 days to review the implementation policy once certified.

Activists doing their own whip counts expect about 220 votes in favor of the amendment — more than enough to pass it. That figure is expected to include at least two Republicans, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) and Charles Djou, the newly elected congressman from Hawaii.

It’s unclear whether the Republican leaders will instruct their conference to vote against the amendment and against the whole defense authorization bill.

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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

The Battle over Don't Ask…Don't Tell intensifies……

Okay ….To tell ya the truth…I don’t know where the heck this thing is going….

The compromise…..Out right Congressional repleal,…..The GOP trying to keep things status quo….

Things are just that fluid……

The chief backers of repeal, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), another senior member of the panel, would need 15 votes, or a simple majority, to include the legislation in the 2011 defense authorization bill.

According to the latest count by gay-rights activists, who are pressuring panel members to vote for repeal, all Democrats on the committee — except Sen. Jim Webb (Va.) — are expected to support scrapping the ban.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) on Wednesday boosted the chance of passage at the committee level when he announced he would support a deal struck earlier this week between the White House and Lieberman, Levin and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.).

“We are increasingly confident about the Lieberman compromise and that this could very well be a historic week in the United States Congress,” said Marshall Wittmann, Lieberman’s communications director.

The lawmakers and the administration agreed to repeal the policy only after the Pentagon finishes its review of repeal implementation and President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen certify that it can be achieved consistent with the military’s standards of readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruitment and retention.

The gay-rights activists believe 16 Senate Armed Services Committee members, including Lieberman and Levin, will vote in favor of repeal.

They are  counting Democrats Robert Byrd (W. Va.), Jack Reed (R.I.), Daniel Akaka (Hawaii), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Evan Bayh (Ind.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mark Udall (Colo.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Roland Burris (Ill.), Jeff Bingaman (N.M.) and Ted Kaufman (Del.), and Republican Susan Collins (Maine).

Byrd late Wednesday gave his support to the repeal amendment after Levin and Lieberman agreed to allow Congress to have 60 days to review the implementation policy once certified.

Activists doing their own whip counts expect about 220 votes in favor of the amendment — more than enough to pass it. That figure is expected to include at least two Republicans, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) and Charles Djou, the newly elected congressman from Hawaii.

It’s unclear whether the Republican leaders will instruct their conference to vote against the amendment and against the whole defense authorization bill.

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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell…..This week….Or Gates gets his hold till December?

In another tug of war with Defense Secretary Gates….

Congress has to decide whether it will overrule Gates request to put the policy issue off until December…when Gates gets a policy assessment back…

Or…

Move ahead and attach a repeal of the policy in a Defense spending authorization bill by the end of this week…..

The White House…as in the beginning of the Healthcare battle is mum on the subject….

Stay tuned for more……

The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to vote by the end of the week on an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which Congress passed in 1993. Chairman Carl M. Levin(D-Mich.) favors a repeal, but it is unclear whether he has enough votes, with six senators on the panel considered undecided, legislative sources said.

The House is expected to vote on a similar measure this week, based on a repeal proposal sponsored by Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D-Pa.), an Iraq war veteran. The House Armed Services Committee declined to act on Murphy’s bill in passing its version of the defense spending measure last week, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has told gay advocacy groups that she will allow a floor vote if there is enough support in favor of a repeal.

“This is our ‘all hands on deck’ moment,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which represents gays who have been drummed out of the armed forces. “For repeal to succeed, it is critical that all proponents for full repeal weigh in now, including the White House. We are only a few days away from this historic vote.”

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama called on Congress to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have subsequently told Congress that they support allowing gays to serve openly, raising hopes among advocates who have fought against the law for years.

Since then, however, momentum has stalled, with Congress slow to act amid conflicting signals from the White House on how to proceed.

In his January speech, Obama said he would work with Congress to repeal the law “this year.” But the White House has also lent support to an April 30 letter from Gates and Mullen to Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, urging lawmakers not to lift the ban until after the Defense Department has finished a study on how to integrate gays in the military. That study is scheduled to be completed by December.

“They’re not pushing now,” said J. Alexander Nicholson III, executive director of Servicemembers United, an association of gay active-duty troops and veterans. “Every shred of evidence we have about what the White House wants is that they are going to wait until next year.”

Supporters of ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” say they are lining up behind a measure that would repeal the law but not take effect until late next year, after the military finishes its integration study. Some lawmakers had called for a moratorium on the expulsion of gay service members until then, but that effort has fizzled, Nicholson said.

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May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Don't Ask…Don't Tell…..This week….Or Gates gets his hold till December?

In another tug of war with Defense Secretary Gates….

Congress has to decide whether it will overrule Gates request to put the policy issue off until December…when Gates gets a policy assessment back…

Or…

Move ahead and attach a repeal of the policy in a Defense spending authorization bill by the end of this week…..

The White House…as in the beginning of the Healthcare battle is mum on the subject….

Stay tuned for more……

The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to vote by the end of the week on an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which Congress passed in 1993. Chairman Carl M. Levin(D-Mich.) favors a repeal, but it is unclear whether he has enough votes, with six senators on the panel considered undecided, legislative sources said.

The House is expected to vote on a similar measure this week, based on a repeal proposal sponsored by Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D-Pa.), an Iraq war veteran. The House Armed Services Committee declined to act on Murphy’s bill in passing its version of the defense spending measure last week, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has told gay advocacy groups that she will allow a floor vote if there is enough support in favor of a repeal.

“This is our ‘all hands on deck’ moment,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which represents gays who have been drummed out of the armed forces. “For repeal to succeed, it is critical that all proponents for full repeal weigh in now, including the White House. We are only a few days away from this historic vote.”

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama called on Congress to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have subsequently told Congress that they support allowing gays to serve openly, raising hopes among advocates who have fought against the law for years.

Since then, however, momentum has stalled, with Congress slow to act amid conflicting signals from the White House on how to proceed.

In his January speech, Obama said he would work with Congress to repeal the law “this year.” But the White House has also lent support to an April 30 letter from Gates and Mullen to Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, urging lawmakers not to lift the ban until after the Defense Department has finished a study on how to integrate gays in the military. That study is scheduled to be completed by December.

“They’re not pushing now,” said J. Alexander Nicholson III, executive director of Servicemembers United, an association of gay active-duty troops and veterans. “Every shred of evidence we have about what the White House wants is that they are going to wait until next year.”

Supporters of ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” say they are lining up behind a measure that would repeal the law but not take effect until late next year, after the military finishes its integration study. Some lawmakers had called for a moratorium on the expulsion of gay service members until then, but that effort has fizzled, Nicholson said.

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May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Congress continues to fund Defense programs ignoring Secertary Gates…..

The Dog predicted this would occur…..

While he WILL get a few bucks cut here and there…..

Congress is simply not going to let Defense Secretary Gates turn off the tap of money for the nations military…

I have listed three examples of Congress going ahead with funding for projects Gates insists that he doesn’t want …or need…..

His problem is Congress signs the checks……he doesn’t…….

And programs produce jobs..which produce votes….


Despite the Pentagon’s continued resistance to developing a second engine for the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee’ seapower panel subcommittee markup of the 2011 defense authorization legislation again authorizes the Pentagon to move ahead.

The move “reaffirms the subcommittee’s commitment to the alternate engine program as the best insurance against spiraling development costs and contractor responsiveness for the primary engine,” said subcommittee chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., during the subcommittee’s May 13 mark up of the bill on Capitol Hill. Taylor said the continued development of the F136 will not reduce the Pentagon’s requested budget for the F-35…….

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U.S. House Armed Services seapower panel chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., will work to insert language into the 2011 defense authorization bill requiring the U.S. Navy to replace every two warships it retires in the coming years with three brand-new ships. It’s a move designed to get to a 313-ship fleet.

“There have now been at least three [Chiefs of Naval Operations] who tell us that they need a minimum of 313 ships and yet they submit budget requests that don’t get them anywhere near that – in fact, this request would actually take us backward by about four ships if enacted,” Taylor told reporters May 13 after his subcommittee’s mark of the bill.

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The U.S. House subcommittee that oversees missile defense programs voted May 12 to boost spending on them in 2011, disregarding the president’s February budget request and more recent warnings from the defense secretary that defense spending must be restrained.

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee added $361.6 million to next year’s defense budget to beef up ballistic missile defense programs. That includes $50 million for the Airborne Laser, a 15-year-old program so plagued by problems and delays that Defense Secretary Robert Gates all but canceled it last year.

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Veterans rally for the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell’….

In a story that seems to be running below the headlines…..

A good amount of veterans around the country are rallying against Secretary Gates footdragging on giving his blessing

For the passgae of recinding the DADT policy Congress put into effect during the Clinton Presidency..

Congress would like to put the change in policy on the next military spending bill that Gates is bitching about……

Ah, Gates actually wants Congress to give him less money for the troops…..personally…

You know benefits and stuff…

I don’t think that’s gonna happen……

Let’s see how the DADT things goes……

Hundreds of veterans on Tuesday will urge lawmakers to repeal this year the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the military.

The approximately 350 veterans from 44 states will lobby lawmakers as the House and Senate Armed Services committees prepare to write the 2011 national defense authorization bill.

Supporters of the repeal, both in Congress and the outside arena, are eyeing the defense authorization bill as the vehicle to carry legislation scrapping the Clinton-era law, known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

In the Senate, the veterans are focusing in particular on six members of the Armed Services panel: Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Jim Webb (D-Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

The hundreds of veterans lobbying include many from the “key states” that have members on the Armed Services panel, said Michael Cole, the new-media campaign director at Human Rights Campaign, which organized the lobby day along with Servicemembers United and a broad coalition of organizations supporting the repeal.

More than a third of the veterans coming to Capitol Hill hail from Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Indiana and Nebraska. They include gay, straight and lesbian service members.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who co-sponsored the repeal legislation with fellow committee member Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), needs 15 votes on the panel to be able to include the legislation in the bill before it goes to the full Senate. The repeal legislation would be much harder to strip by its opponents once it is on the Senate floor.

One of the hurdles Levin and Lieberman have to overcome is Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ opposition to repealing the ban before the Pentagon finishes its yearlong study on the impact the change would have on the military. That study is expected to be completed by Dec. 1.

The Vets are correct in worrying that the wait till December would all but stop any momentum on the repeal of the policy…..

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

Veterans rally for the repeal of 'Don't Ask…Don't Tell'….

In a story that seems to be running below the headlines…..

A good amount of veterans around the country are rallying against Secretary Gates footdragging on giving his blessing

For the passgae of recinding the DADT policy Congress put into effect during the Clinton Presidency..

Congress would like to put the change in policy on the next military spending bill that Gates is bitching about……

Ah, Gates actually wants Congress to give him less money for the troops…..personally…

You know benefits and stuff…

I don’t think that’s gonna happen……

Let’s see how the DADT things goes……

Hundreds of veterans on Tuesday will urge lawmakers to repeal this year the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the military.

The approximately 350 veterans from 44 states will lobby lawmakers as the House and Senate Armed Services committees prepare to write the 2011 national defense authorization bill.

Supporters of the repeal, both in Congress and the outside arena, are eyeing the defense authorization bill as the vehicle to carry legislation scrapping the Clinton-era law, known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

In the Senate, the veterans are focusing in particular on six members of the Armed Services panel: Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Jim Webb (D-Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

The hundreds of veterans lobbying include many from the “key states” that have members on the Armed Services panel, said Michael Cole, the new-media campaign director at Human Rights Campaign, which organized the lobby day along with Servicemembers United and a broad coalition of organizations supporting the repeal.

More than a third of the veterans coming to Capitol Hill hail from Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Indiana and Nebraska. They include gay, straight and lesbian service members.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who co-sponsored the repeal legislation with fellow committee member Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), needs 15 votes on the panel to be able to include the legislation in the bill before it goes to the full Senate. The repeal legislation would be much harder to strip by its opponents once it is on the Senate floor.

One of the hurdles Levin and Lieberman have to overcome is Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ opposition to repealing the ban before the Pentagon finishes its yearlong study on the impact the change would have on the military. That study is expected to be completed by Dec. 1.

The Vets are correct in worrying that the wait till December would all but stop any momentum on the repeal of the policy…..

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

The FCC wants to regulate internet providers……The GOP is against the move……

The proposal would impose a fresh layer of rules on a sector that has so far been lightly regulated. By reclassifying broadband providers, the FCC hopes to be able to carry out its plans to greatly expand Internet access nationwide and require companies that get consumers onto the Web to treat all online traffic equally.

Genachowski portrayed his plan as a middle-of-the-road approach to regulating broadband, saying he would exempt providers from dozens of rules that typically apply to phone companies.

“I sought an approach consistent with the limited but essential role that government should play with respect to broadband communications,” said Genachowski, who noted that he did not wish to burden the thriving broadband industry with a heavy regulatory hand.

Those concessions notwithstanding, the proposal was met with swift opposition from several of the nation’s largest ISPs.

“The fact remains that this approach would subject Internet facilities to some of the most onerous regulatory provisions on the books,” said Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs at AT&T.

The long-awaited decision follows a federal court decision last month that threw into doubt the FCC’s ability to regulate ISPs. An appeals court found that the FCC had overreached its authority by sanctioning Comcast for blocking a peer-to-peer application…..

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House Leader Boehner is coming out against the bill for ‘job saving’ reasons…something I find hard to agree with…..My concern is not with that…which I think is BS……I am inclined to agree with the person in the piece ‘s comments section which worries about a GOP administration coming on and deciding to go ahead with telling everyone WHAT should be ON the net’.……..

I’m going to come down on the side AGAINST the FCC move right now….

I know it’s wild and woolly out there…but that’s why things are such that they improve everyday……


House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) is using language from the just-completed healthcare debate to blast the FCC’s attempt to rein in broadband providers.

Boehner accused the agency Thursday of pursuing a “government takeover of the Internet,” just hours after FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski unveiled the plan, which would place broadband providers under some of the same rules that have long governed phone companies.

“Under this job-killing big government scheme, the Obama administration is seeking to expand the power of the federal government,” Boehner said in a statement.

“The success of the Internet is a perfect example of what happens when entrepreneurship and innovation are allowed to flourish, but today’s decision will undermine its success and hurt our economy,” the GOP leader continued. “The American people are asking ‘Where are the jobs?’  They aren’t asking for yet another government takeover that imposes new job-killing federal regulations and puts bureaucrats in charge of the Internet…….

Is he kidding me?

What is he talking about?

The FCC’s side on things…….

The FCC, however, has explicitly sought to shed any mention that hope to regulate or takeover the Internet. Rather, the commission has framed its efforts as an attempt to store the same rules and procedures that were in place before a federal court in April invalidated the FCC’s ability to regulate broadband providers.

Two FCC officials on a conference call with reporters on Thursday declined to address Boehner’s criticisms directly. They also noted that full implementation of Genachowski’s proposal — including rules that would safeguard open Internet — was still some time away.

But Boehner on Thursday implored lawmakers to act preemptively to stop the FCC from encroaching too much on private business.

“Congress should listen to the American people and act to reverse this unnecessary federal government power grab,” he said.

More from The Hill…..and please check the comments..they are good!……

May 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates maybe getting ready to leave……

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That’s the only conclusion the Dog can see in his latest crusade…..

I thought he was good pick to stay on…..

And he HAS done a good job…..

But I’ve had my misgivings about some programs that he has cut….

And how he has handled a few things…..

Marine One and the Refueling Tanker programs….

And taking the C-27J from the Army completely…..

I know Obama asked him to stay around for a while…..but he’s gonna be gone pretty soon….

Why do I say that?

Because he’s now vocally complaining that CONGRESS is giving the nation’s military TOO MUCH money and benefits…..

That isn’t gonna make him any friends on Capital…but it sure is gonna make him enemies…….

And he’s one guy against a lot of Congressmen and women…..

…..from both parties…..

Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more generous pay raises than requested by the Bush and Obama administrations. It has also rejected attempts by the Pentagon to slow soaring health-care costs — which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said are “eating us alive” — by hiking co-pays or raising premiums.

Now, Pentagon officials see fiscal calamity.

In the midst of two long-running wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials are increasingly worried that the government’s generosity is unsustainable and that it will leave them with less money to buy weapons and take care of equipment.

Clifford L. Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel, told a Senate committee in March that rising personnel costs could “dramatically affect the readiness of the department” by leaving less money to pay for operations and maintenance. Overall, personnel expenses constitute about one-quarter of defense spending.

“Both sides of the aisle are trying to send a very clear message to our military that we appreciate their service,” said Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of its military personnel subcommittee. She said the Pentagon needed to do a better job of setting priorities. “We end up with a false choice — are we going to fund weapons or are we going to fund people? The reality is, we need both.”

The Pentagon’s attempts to rein in personnel costs have also run into opposition from powerful lobby groups. “Any attempt to link rising military personnel costs with shrinking military readiness is total nonsense,” Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., leader of Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in response to Stanley’s comments in March.

Advocates for troops and retirees say the main reason for the increase in wages is that they were way too low to begin with. In the late 1990s, after the military had been whittled down in size from its Cold War peak, studies found that service members earned about 13 percent less than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels……

Like I said….This is bad politics for Gates……

In February, the Pentagon abruptly shut down a new tuition-assistance program for military spouses after it was overwhelmed with applicants. Defense officials had set aside $61 million for the program, which reimburses tuition costs of up to $6,000 per person, but discovered they might need as much as $2 billion to satisfy unexpected demand.

Congress chastised the Pentagon for mismanaging the program, which has since resumed, though defense officials aren’t sure how they’ll pay for it.

Gates is gonna be looking for new job pretty soon if he keeps at this….

Wait and see…..

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 8 Comments

The Department of the Navy …….and the Marines…..What's in a Name?

We did a post on the one while ago….

The Marines stand-alone…..

But they ARE a part of the Navy…..

So when ever anyone brings up a name change for the two…..

Trouble breaks out…..

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is playing a major role in blocking a House bill that has a record number of co-sponsors.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), is one of the more straightforward bills in Congress. It would add three words to the Navy Department’s name, changing it from the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

For the first time, and with Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton’s (D-Mo.) blessing, the measure will be voted on on the House floor Tuesday as a standalone bill.

The provisions in Jones’s legislation previously passed the lower chamber as part of the annual defense authorization bill, but were repeatedly rejected in conference by senators, including McCain.

The Marine Corps is under the umbrella of the Navy Department, a fact that proponents of the Jones bill say some people don’t know — including members of Congress.

Jones contends that not including the Marine Corps in the Navy Department’s formal name is a slight to the Marines who have fought and died for the U.S.

McCain, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee who served as a Navy captain, disagrees. Asked if he backs the Jones measure, McCain, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, responded, “No. I don’t. That’s the Department of the Navy.”

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May 4, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , , , | 1 Comment