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Good news and bad news

The good (awesome, fantastic, about-time) news is that today the Senate voted to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that discriminates against gays and lesbians in the military. Whoo-hoo! The United States is finally joining the 21st century. I predict this will be a fairly smooth transition and all of the doomsday scenarios predicted by people like Sen. John McCain will prove to be groundless. (One of his arguments against advancing the bill is that there are Marines in Walter Reed who have lost their limbs. So allowing gay people to serve openly is going to lead to amputations?)

The bad news is Republicans blocked advancement of the DREAM Act, which would have given young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship if they went to college or joined the military. It looks unlikely to come up again for a vote in the next Congress, with even more Republicans taking their seats. They’re against illegal immigration but refuse to take logical measures to improve the problem.

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Comments on: "Good news and bad news" (3)

  1. I watched the DADT vote live on C-Span2 and MSNBC. I was also disappointed about the Dream Act, as well as with Senator Lugar’s no vote on DADT.

    • I’m just glad enough Republicans supported DADT repeal that Lugar’s vote wasn’t needed. It was disappointing, but not too surprising.

  2. Uncle Dave said:

    Yes, it was a great day for America, the land of Freedom !

    And yes, it is sad that a piece of the immigration issues didn’t get approval .

    I have difficulty understanding that on issues of Freedom; what keeps our so called leaders from passing
    Freedom issues and/or dealing together with some common sense, how to manage the illegal entrance people.
    Let’s just do it and, then, get on with running the country in the best interest of the People !

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