Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A great START for Christmas - CNN

A great START for Christmas - CNN

Last week, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint argued that the Senate should not approve the new START agreement with Russia because it might force senators to work over Christmas, thus showing insensitivity to the Christian faithful.

But I can't think of better Congressional business than a nuclear arms control treaty to mark the birthday of the Prince of Peace.

This lame duck Congress has shown it can fly, passing a broad-based tax cut compromise by a wide margin despite opposition from the far right and far left. In an even more historically significant move, eight Republican senators joined Democrats to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving opening in the military, known as "don't ask, don't tell." It is a reminder that the divided government that we'll see next year does not need to mean gridlock. It's also a reminder of the strength of the political center.

The next great test is the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START. While several powerful conservative senators have declared their opposition, this treaty has broad-based support.

President Obama has made it clear that the passage of START is his priority for the remaining days of this Congress. There is little obvious domestic political benefit for Obama in front-loading this treaty. There is, however, profound practical benefit. With nuclear arms verification and reduction, we would be living in a safer world.

Again the Prez gets what he wants.... The Dream Act was dead, when The Prez said "There's no appetite for it now " A clear neon sign, it was never one of his priorities.

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