Black People : No money for education, dollars needed forwar instead!

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    Published on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 by
    War-Funding Puzzle Stumps Dems
    by David Rogers

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic support for the war in Afghanistan has eroded to a point where President Barack Obama is now so reliant on Republican votes that he’s backtracking from his own party’s efforts to add new education funding to avert teacher layoffs.

    The Democrats are trying to figure out how to get some $38 billion in war-related funding through the House and onto the president's desk. (Reuters)
    The conflict showed itself Tuesday night as Democrats began spelling out the details of what domestic funds are proposed to be added to a Senate-passed version of the same war-funding bill. The 110 page amendment was posted on the House Rules Committee website even as the House Democratic whip organization circulated a summary that included border security and nuclear energy credits along with nearly $15 billion for education.

    No indication was given of an administration position pro or con: TBA was the operative acronym. But unless it steps forward more, the White House risks further straining relations with Democrats, already frustrated by the president’s lukewarm support of new jobs and economic relief legislation going into November’s elections.

    The changed war funding dynamic is crucial.

    In a similar fight a year ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was able to hold her losses to just 32 Democrats and still prevail with token support from five Republicans. Nothing like that seems possible now with Democratic defections pegged at closer to 80 or 90 votes, and the speaker, perhaps fearful of criticism from the left, refusing to say how she will vote on the war funds.

    The dynamics within the House Appropriations Committee are also different since the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) last winter and the pending retirement of Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.).

    Rep. Norm ***** (D-Wash.), who inherited Murtha’s defense panel and is slated to move up to Obey’s post next year, has yet to step forward forcefully, creating a power vacuum that can hurt the administration’s cause. At the same time, Obey — a critic of the war — has pursued the teachers pay issue with the passion of a man who knows his time in office is running out and that he may not have a better shot to boost education funding this year