Michelle has the update on the latest goings on regarding Berkeley’s insurgency against the Marines.
Texas Senator John Cornyn joins SC Senator Jim DeMint in proposing a cut off of all federal funds to Berkeley.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced his support for the Semper Fi Act, legislation introduced by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that would send a strong message of disapproval to the City of Berkeley, Calif., for its recent decision to bar the U.S. Marine Corps from recruiting within city limits. The Semper Fi Act would rescind any earmark funding in they fiscal year 2008 spending package that would have gone to Berkeley or any entity in the city—a total of more than $2 million—and transfer those funds to the Marine Corps to be used to recruit new Marines.
“The Berkeley City Council insulted our troops and offended people across the country. If the U.S. Marines are not good enough for Berkeley, neither are taxpayer dollars Congress would have sent there this year. That city closed its doors on the same individuals taking bullets on the front lines while fighting for the safety and freedom of families in Berkeley and throughout America,” Sen. Cornyn said.
That makes two. Where are the rest of ’em?
It’s a good start, but as I’ve said before it doesn’t go far enough. There’s a big university there that gets a load of federal funding. Cut it off. All of it. Whether it comes from Dept of Education or the Dept of Energy or NASA or wherever, nip it. The city and the university get loads of state funding. Start twisting the governator’s arm to cut that funding off too. Scorched federal and state funding earth should be the policy. If those hippies don’t want the USMC, then they shouldn’t get their precious federal dollars from any other stream either. There ought to be a price paid for rejecting and impeding the US military when it’s trying to recruit and we’re in the middle of a war.
If nothing else, by going for the most you give yourself a fallback position at which you can still achieve something worthwhile.