President Barack Obama signed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act of 2010 at the Interior Department on December 22, 2010. President Obama said that this act will help our national security and uphold the ideals of our nation.
He said, “So this morning, I am proud to sign a law that will bring an end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ It is a law — this law I’m about to sign will strengthen our national security and uphold the ideals that our fighting men and women risk their lives to defend.
There was a wide smile on President Barack Obama’s face as he signed the law allowing gay people to serve openly in the military. In the November election, he was often heckled by disappointed liberals for not getting it through. On Wednesday they chanted “yes, we can” and he replied “yes, we did”.
The Tea Party can be understood by analogy to the ?precariat.? This term, as Mika LaVaque-Manty has explained, is a play on the term ?proletariat.? European activists are using it to spark protest against neoliberal downsizing of social welfare. The ?precariat? is fighting to sustain the guarantees of job security, living wages, and the generous unemployment, retirement, health and family benefits that the European welfare state has provided.
We’ve just seen the smartest piece of politics from Barack Obama of the whole year. Granted, there hasn’t been much competition. Whatever you think of his policies, his politics in 2010 have been flat-footed. But not this tax deal.
The sharpest political arguments in Washington towards the end of 2010 have centred on taxation. Barack Obama faced a choice that highlighted a legacy of the George W Bush administration in granting ?the wealthy? (defined as those with over $250,000 in annual income) substantial tax cuts, which amounted on average to over $100,000 a year for each person involved. This substantial advantage had to be abandoned or renewed by December 2010. Most of Obama?s fellow Democrats strongly preferred the former option as part of an effort to tackle the country?s enormous public deficits and reintroduce a modicum of equity to the tax system.