image How do you get your liberal social polices to pass Congress?  Why cram them in a defense spending reauthorization bill:

What should have been a routine budget bill for the Pentagon is now a political cauldron brimming with proposed policy changes over abortion, gay rights and illegal immigration. Senate Democrats have folded, or attempted to fold, all those issues into a single defense package, leading to accusations that the Senate is needlessly politicizing its annual obligation to fund the military.

As the parties hurl political hand grenades at one another, stuck in the crossfire is the military itself.

Joe Davis, spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Congress will avoid a Pentagon shutdown, as it always does, by passing a resolution to continue funding defense at current levels.

But he expressed concern about the "attachments" to the authorization bill.

"The United States military does not exist to serve as a control group for social experiments," Davis said.

Thank you Senator Harry Reid, let’s avoid a substantive debate on these issues, instead let’s politicize funding our troops.  The red herrings include the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military.  The only real arguments I’ve seen related to that policy are those who haven’t served in the military.  Most people who serve or have served are against this, like the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  While I’m not against homosexuals having jobs there is a fundamental lack of understanding of how that impacts troop morale and basic infrastructure.

The second red herring includes allowing military base hospitals, both domestic and international, to provide abortions.  Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) pointed out in his op/ed at Big Government that overnight, “your tax dollars will create 423 new abortion clinics.”  He makes a great argument, but the simple fact is this.  If somebody wants abortion, even though it is is legal, the taxpayers shouldn’t have to fund it.

The third red herring is the illegal alien student bailout called “The Dream Act.”  What that has to do with the military I’ll never know, but Michelle Malkin has a good write up here (with numbers to call) and here.

The Senate is taking this up today.  If you live in Iowa be sure to call Senator Tom Harkin at (202) 224-3254 and Senator Chuck Grassley (202) 224-3744 and have them vote no.

Update: From  WashPo – the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” fails in the Senate.

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  1. The real red herring is that the repeal shouldn’t have been included in the Defense Authorization Bill. DADT was originally passed as part of the 1994 Defense Authorization Bill so I don’t really see why the repeal can’t/shouldn’t be passed in the same way. Given that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Colin Powell, Patrick Murphy (Iraq war veteran), Robert Gates (airforce vet), as well as a number of soldiers discharged under the policy all favor repeal, it can’t really be said the only opinions in the debate are those of people who haven’t served in the military. The reason the DREAM Act got included was because it allows a path to citizenship for those who serve in the military. As for funding abortions, the situation isn’t as simple as stated. I see legitimate debate associated with using a government facility, but it is important to remember that the individual seeking an abortion would still have to pay for it out of their own pocket. The funding issue is still there but simple statements about funding abortion lead to a white washing of the complexity of the funding debate.

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