Wednesday, January 16, 2013

John Boehner hides third DOMA defense price hike from Dems on Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group; GOP cost overrun now at 500%

AKSARBENT photo-illustration of Boehner, published on the
occasion of his audio/video cutoff of CSPAN's coverage of
an up/down vote on a payroll tax holiday extension.
Zack Ford at ThinkProgress reports that neither Nancy Pelosi or Steny Hoyer were told that John Boehner secretly negotiated yet another contract with Paul Clement to try to buttress the legal Vietnam that is the Defense of Marriage Act before SCOTUS, after the Obama administra­tion's Justice Department abandonment of said defense as a lost cause, given recent court decisions.
     (Contrary to right-wing talking points, no administration is obligated to defend the constitutionality of any federal law; the only obligation is to enforce laws still on the books, which the Obama administration does.)
     Here was their sharply-worded letter:
    Let us be clear: these steps do not reflect the will of the House or the consensus of the BLAG.  Democrats do not support any decisions to invest taxpayer funds in defense of an indefensible law.  We remain united in our opposition to any effort to preserve, protect, and defend discrimination in our country.
    From the start, the Republican-led campaign to defend DOMA has been a practice in futility and a waste of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars.  The Republican-appointed, taxpayer-funded legal team has lost in every case.  Courts across the nation have stood on the side of justice and equality for all Americans.  DOMA is on its way into the dustbin of history.
    It would be bad enough if Republicans were losing in court and accepting the result.  Yet it is the height of hypocrisy for House Republicans to waste public funds in one breath then claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility in the next.  With Republicans willing to take our economy and our country to the brink of default in the name of deficit reduction, there is simply no excuse for any Member of Congress to commit taxpayer dollars to an unnecessary – and futile – legal battle.
AKSARBENT now salutes the furtively autocratic and authoritarian-whenever-he-can-get-away-with-it Boehner with a YouTube interpretation of My Way backed up by the Red Army Choir.

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