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  •  A veto could also backfire (0+ / 0-)

    This is an election year and you have to look at what else was in the bill.  By vetoing it he could be writing the script of a Republican attack ad:
    President Obama vetoed military pay bonuses.
    President Obama vetoed military pay raises.
    There was also a provision that allows military chaplains to decide whether they do or don't want to perform a same-sex marriage.  This replaces the Pentagon order a couple of months ago that allowed the marriages without specifiying anything for chaplains who objected. I have no objections to same sex marriage myself but Obama's veto could have been spun by the religious right on this issue:
    "Obama's veto forces military chaplains to perform same sex marriages."
    There's a lot of gamesmanship with the Republicans and payroll tax cut debacle nonwithstanding they do excel at dirty tricks.

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Sun Jan 01, 2012 at 12:44:41 AM PST

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