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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tell But Don’t Harass

It’s about time that Congress repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Public opinion is shifting, and opposition has not been polling well for Republicans. It also may have been part of the deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%. Repealing DADT is a social issue that most people can understand, while the tax cuts are economic and their magnitude less understood. The giveaway to the rich is more than the stimulus, and more than the Iraq War. It affects our national debt and how much we owe to China. All these issues should be treated separately, including the unemployment extensions, as I mentioned earlier this month. If each issue is treated separately, then it should be easier to apply political pressure on the Republicans. What I didn’t mention (recently) is that if we followed Ellen Brown’s blueprint, we might not even need an income tax. But given that we have one, it’s ridiculous to have to give astronomical sums to a few just so we can give crumbs to millions. The wrath of those millions should have been brought to bear on the Republicans.

As for the new policy, it should be called, “Tell But Don’t Harass.” Everybody come out of the closet, just follow the same guidelines as heterosexuals in the workplace: No hostility, no abuse of authority, no pressure, no repeated invitations, no lewd conduct.


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