Thursday, November 23, 2006
It appears that just days after we posted the story that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Delusional) said he wanted to bring back the draft, to "make the military more fair to the poor," the Downercrats put their fingers to the wind and saw that this was not such a good idea.
Wait. They think it is a good idea, but because it has less support than the clap, they have decided to shelve it.
Top House Democrats to bar military draft plan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A reinstatement of the military draft, being pushed by a senior Democrat, will not be slated for consideration in the House of Representatives, the chamber's newly elected top leaders said on Monday.
"We did not include that" in legislative plans for early next year, said Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who will be House majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January under Democratic control for the first time in 12 years.
New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is in line to chair the House Ways and Means Committee next year, has renewed his call for the draft, saying the war in Iraq is being fought by American soldiers who disproportionately are from low-income families and minorities.
Over the weekend, Rangel said he would seek passage next year of the universal draft legislation he has long sought. "If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft," Rangel said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told reporters on Monday that she does not support reinstating the draft, which was suspended in 1973 near the end of the Vietnam War and replaced by the all-volunteer army.
As Ways and Means panel chairman, Rangel will have a significant role in U.S. tax and health-care policy. That post will not necessarily give Rangel an effective forum for pursuing his military draft legislation, Pelosi observed.
You can imagine how bad things are: the Downercrats won the majority three weeks ago, and already they have disobeyed their leader and picked a different majority leader, and now they have to shelve one of their leading issues because, well, it just ain't popular.
Watching the fight over Alcee Hastings as the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee ought to be fun.