It appears a done deal that women in the Army, Marines, and perhaps other forces will be allowed to go into combat if they qualify physically. I continue to have concerns, mainly because of the possibility of being captured. Remembering a few women I have known, though, that may not be a problem.
Suppose a young Barbara Walters, or Rosie O'Donnell type is captured. "Stinkin Yankee swine cowards, I have your woman - you give me million dollars and she walk home barefoot in hobbles." After no response for two days, "USA guy, you give me one Navy Seal cap and I send her back." Two more days pass. "Please, Uncle Sam, I give you one million dollar and give her Cadillac. Please take her back!" We really need to be careful which women are on the front lines.
The motherly types should be avoided, too. Lieutenant Julie would be prone to say, "All right, the battle is over, lets tidy up." And, "Now you boys be sure to clean up your MREs (Meal Ready-to-Eat). Children are starving in Kingsley."
We conservatives generally believe the less legislation coming out of Des Moines or D.C., the better. It is very early in the session, but as of last week Rep. Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars, had no individually-sponsored bills and Sen. Bill Anderson (R-Pierson) three, two dealing with abortion, and the other allowing 60 miles an hour speeds on hard surfaced roads.
Even though the results will be about the same as trying to teach a pig to sing, don't worry about what you might consider 'dumb' bills being introduced in Des Moines and Washington. Regardless of our opinion, such measures are important to somebody and they take minimal resources.
Rep. Bruce Hunter, D-Polk, is a bill making machine, having introduced 29 of the first 53 House bills! If everyone followed his pace there would already be 4,350 bills introduced. Hunter is one of the most liberal members and his bills reflect that. He would raise the minimum wage to $9 in two years, increase union benefits, including requiring Project Labor Agreements be considered in state construction bidding and liberalize several other employee benefits.
Hunter would legalize medical marijuana, and require seat belts for all auto passengers. He would use tax dollars to fund elections, and restore felons voting rights automatically. Heavens to Betsy! He'd abolish Congressman Steve King's legacy, 'English Only' as Iowa's official language!
There should only be 50 counties in Iowa by year 2017 Hunter says, and he'd cut camping fees in half for those over 59 years of age. We seniors already get too many automatic benefits. This one is especially onerous, for state parks need more, not less funding and young families need a break more than most oldsters. And, 60 ain't old anymore!
With Republicans as lead sponsors, proposed constitutional amendments in both houses would revamp the make-up of the Iowa Militia. Currently, our Militia would consist of able bodied men from the age of 18 to 45. The Joint Resolutions would add women, and have no upper age limit. So, even women and we old guys need to hang on to our weapons!
The Secret Service started protecting presidents in 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley. In 1965, Congress authorized the Department of Homeland Security, to protect former presidents for life. This was limited to ten years in 1997, with Bill Clinton excepted.
Now, President Barack Obama has signed legislation giving him, former President George W. Bush, and successors, lifetime Secret Service Protection again. Their spouses, unless they remarry, and their children until the age of 16, are also covered. In December the bill passed the House by voice vote and the Senate by unanimous consent.
Former executive families can decline protection if they choose, and Barbara Bush did, saying farewell to her agents on the Capitol steps after the Clinton inauguration.
Rejuvenate your drawers. If they don't roll as smoothly as they once did, don't wax, spray a little silicone on a paper towel and wipe the rails and/or rollers.
Don Paulin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236