HATE BILL MAY SOON GO TO OBAMA
By Rev. Ted Pike
8 Oct 09
Conference between the House and Senate on the defense authorization
bill, with hate bill attached, ended today. Sen. Carl Levin and Sen.
John McCain announced that the compromise bill includes funding for
the development of additional F-35 fighter engines (eventually costing
about $100 billion). Asked whether this would tempt a presidential
veto, Levin said he did not think so because of accommodations to
Obama in the bill that would trim extra spending. McCain said he
did not know.
The considerations Levin referred to included elimination of a new
fleet of C-17 cargo transports as well as a presidential helicopter
fleet. Also, initial funds to be provided General Electric-Rolls Royce
for development of the engines are only a reported $560 million. Levin
hopes such limited initial spending will persuade Obama that extra
engines will not threaten his request for purchase of as many F-35
fighters as possible. Obama says extra F-35 engines mean fewer fighters.
On the other hand, since F-35 engine production is by far the largest
expenditure to which Obama objects, it is open to question whether
the President will be appeased. He has stated repeatedly, emphatically,
that he will not tolerate a $100 billion expenditure on engine development
he thinks unnecessary.
Levin must be disappointed. He was a major architect of the Senate
decision this spring to strip off F-22 Raptor production, as well as
F-35 engine production, from the Senate version of the defense bill.
Liberals did so to avoid a veto and protect the attached federal hate
crimes bill. Levin said that (largely for the sake of the hate bill)
the Senate would "not send a defense authorization bill to the
President that he is likely to veto."
Yet that is exactly what conference may have done.
Soon, this bill will go to both Senate and House for approval. If
approved, it will go to the President, for either veto or signing,
possibly as early as the end of next week.
Is there anything lovers of freedom can do in this very short time
to insure its veto? Absolutely!
We must hold Obama to his oft-repeated promise to veto extra F-35
engine production. We must let him know that many, many Americans are
aware of that promise. We need to bombard the White House NOW with
this message: "Mr. President, we expect you
to keep your promise to veto any military authorization bill that wastes
$100 billion of taxpayers' money on unnecessary F-35 jet engines."
Since the defense/hate bill could be on Obama's desk in a few days,
we have just enough time to get our letters to him -- if we act immediately.
White House phones and faxes remain very busy, so write
the President TODAY at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington,
You may also contact the President by email at www.whitehouse.gov/contact.
We know that Obama is not a man of his word. But, like all politicians
wanting to remain in office, he is aware of the need to protect his
image. The more that voters remind him of his promise, the greater
will be the possibility he will pull back his pen from signing the
defense/hate bill and send it back to Congress.
Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states
with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass
the federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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