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No Millionaire Surtax, but Indefinite Detention is a Go

photo by Pete Souza
Of course. Why not? Absolutely.

From CNN:

In what would be a major concession, President Obama and Senate Democrats will drop their insistence that a surtax on millionaires pay for extending the payroll tax cut, a Democratic source tells CNN. This would be part of a new Democratic offer.

With the track record of Pres. Obama and the Democrats, why in the world wouldn’t Republicans filibuster? They knew Obama and the Democrats would cave in the end.

But Republicans talking about paying for a tax cut is ludicrous. They didn’t do it once in the Bush-Cheney era, so they’re not kidding anyone. This is more about 2012 and gumming up the works for Obama and Democrats, who are helping them do it.

I presume you’ve already read that Pres. Obama has rescinded his veto threat over the Defense Authorization bill. Indefinite detention follows other aspects of Obama’s Executive Branch muscle. From Jay Carney:

“While we remain concerned about the uncertainty that this law will create for our counterterrorism professionals, the most recent changes give the President additional discretion in determining how the law will be implemented, consistent with our values and the rule of law, which are at the heart of our country’s strength,” it said.

“We have concluded that the language does not challenge or constrain the president’s ability to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the American people,” the statement said, although it added that if the uncertainty raised by the legislation does impede investigations, the White House expects lawmakers to write a fix.

The rationale is also that it already exists in current law, so this latest bill won’t change anything. A section also states: “The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.” Ah, but it doesn’t say they cannot be detained, with that idea failing Senate passage.

[Rep. Jerry Nadler] also took issue with Smith’s assertion that the bill just spells out what is already law.

“It doesn’t codify existing law. It codifies claims of power by the last two administrations that have not been confirmed by [the Supreme Court] — rather terrifying claims of power, claims of the right to put Americans in jail indefinitely without a trial, even in the United States,” Nadler said.

When are people going to get tired of listening to these incompetent individuals who call themselves Democrats and just quit supporting them?

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