@SCFan: All public money, Federal and state, comes from taxpayers. And a huge
chunk of "state" money is actually reapportioned Federal taxes that went
into a big pot that our politicians reallocate. (So Utah gets a higher
proportion of New Yorkers or California taxpayers' federal taxes than New
Yorkers get from taxes paid by Utahns.) Point is, it's all one system.If you like being in the United State-- until you object to a particular
Federal policy-- you're echoing the pre-civil war South and their
"nullification doctrine." In addition to freeing the slaves, the Civil
War settled this: states can't just invalidate or opt out of Federal
legislation they don't like. You use Federal dollars every time
you drive on a highway, or get a social security payment, used a medicine
developed in the US, take out a guaranteed home mortgage, ride an airplane,
benefit from national security. In a myriad of ways, Federal dollars support
basically everything that makes middle class life possible.The
problem isn't "whose money" is used. It's why anyone
wouldn't support equal treatment for gay and transgender people in the
workplace. Who, btw, pay taxes.
I think everyone keeps forgetting that LBGT people pay taxes, social security
and serve in the Armed forces.. They are not just there to have their taxes
used to support rights and privileges given to others. It is time that all
citizens enjoy the benefits that their tax dollars have paid for.
This President continues to justify what many historians say will make him go
down as one of the most effective, productive Presidents in our history. Well
@Brio,FYI, DOMA was authored by Bob Barr, a Republican congressman
from GA in the last century. Does this author still support DOMA? NO! he changed his mind in 2008, he has since become a supporter of SSM and
supports repeal of DOMA.If even the author of DOMA already changed
his mind, why can't Obama?
Um, folks, it affects all employers of 50+ employees. And it's UNPAID
leave. This does not mean it's without cost to an employer (since he has
to continue to pay the employee's benefits for the time period), but he
doesn't continue to pay a salary.
You do realize that this is only for federal employees, don't you? The president is the CEO of all federal employees and as it's
administrator (per the constitution) has the power to make this effective.Don't be so up in arms, everyone. It is federal dollars being
used. No business owner has to follow suit (even though many already have this
policy in place for their employees).Nothing illegal, nothing
overstepping his powers, but yes, a flip-flop on an issue - just like many
Americans have now changed their minds on SSM.
Is this the most important thing for a president to do?
Obama did a complete flip-flop on this issue. 3 years ago he was strongly in
favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a
man and a woman. Now he's totally reversed himself.When a
Republican changes his mind, the press makes a big deal about him or her being a
flip-flopper. Consequently, more should be made about this man as a genuine
flip-flopper... which he is.Also, there are no powers enumerated or
given within the Constitution which allows the federal government to override
individual states in this matter. No where. It's another illegal over-reach
of power by the Executive branch of government, which in this case is Obama.
He's been doing a lot of that lately, with no accountability.But he should be held accountable. Except the federal AG, Eric Holder, the one
who should be holding him legally accountable is a beholding Obama appointee to
his job. He's proven himself time and time again to simply be an Obama
puppet and nothing more. He isn't about do anything... again!
So if Obama wants to stick his federal finger into this he should pay for this
leave with federal dollars. Not expect the state, or business to pay for it.