Re: The wingnuts fail... again. They can't even pass their own
posted at 12/24/2012 12:45 PM EST
In response to GreginMeffa's comment:
Good call on TARP Good calling skipping bailouts, as the shrieks of corporate welfare rose. "âÂÂRepublicans say they donâÂÂt believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends.âÂÂ - Liz Warren. And recall a gaggle of dems running ads claiming they voted against it. The fact they weren't in congress to vote for or against it, not withstanding of course And if you have something showing the screams of unconstitutionality on Bambi's ramp up (500%) of Faith based initiatives, like the ACLU did, I'm all ears. Merry Christmas, BTW
Merry Christmas Greg. Hope the family is happy and well.
Christopher Anders, ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel:
"While the current administration inherited deeply flawed faith-based policies from the Bush administration, it is very troubling that a year later, those policies are still in effect. Not even one word of the Bush-era faith-based initiative has changed. The current White House also created an often secretive government advisory committee that includes clergy who have a clear financial stake in the continuation of Bush-era policies. It's time the administration clearly defines the line between religion and government and corrects the bad policies it inherited. The government has no business using taxpayer dollars to fund religious discrimination by religious organizations that are unwilling to play by the same rules that apply to everyone else providing federal services to Americans in need."
Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office, had this to say in a statement:
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced today that he is taking the unprecedented and troubling step of forming a federal advisory committee to be made up mostly of religious leaders. Also of great concern, President Obama will increase federal funds going to religious organizations without first changing the Bush-era rules allowing federally-funded religious organizations to apply religious hiring tests to employees.
"President Obama launched his faith-based initiative today by heading into uncharted and dangerous waters," said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "What we are seeing today is significant - a president giving his favored clergy a governmental stamp of approval. There is no historical precedent for presidential meddling in religion - or religious leaders meddling in federal policy - through a formal government advisory committee made up mostly of the president's chosen religious leaders."