Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Strategy to win
Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Strategy to win
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By Lawrence Sellin Wednesday, July 20, 2011
image“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
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This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over half the navy’s deployed aircraft not ready for combat.
That is the picture of the U.S. military in disrepair—what The Heritage Foundation’s Mackenzie Eaglen calls a “readiness crisis” among all U.S. military services, including the National Guard and reserves. Readiness is “dangerously lower,” she writes, leading to “delayed, shortened, and less diverse training; plugging personnel and equipment shortfalls in deploying units with resources from others; reduced maintenance for worn-out equipment; and shortened rest time before redeploying overseas.”
How did the military get here? A decade of constant combat and ever-increasing disaster relief and homeland defense missions has contributed to the decline in readiness, and Eaglen writes in AOL Defense that the navy is under particular strain:
While the fleet has shrunk by about 15 percent since 1998, the number of ships deployed overseas has remained constant at about 100. Each ship goes to sea longer and more often, resulting in problems such as the well-publicized shortfalls in surface ship condition. With no surge capacity left in the fleet, each new casualty ripples through the schedules of dozens of ships. With the end of supplemental funding, Navy maintenance funding will be cut by almost 20 percent this year. In this context, a relatively small additional reduction in maintenance funding could render a Navy with 250 to 280 ships capable of keeping only 50 to 60 ships at sea.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.heritage.org …
We hear these same economic arguments all the time these days, to the point that these virtual and actual ideological skirmishes often take on an almost Ground Hog Day-ish repetitive cycle of nauseating repetition. The Political Right says “spend less,” the Political Left says “tax more,” so that, ultimately, many Americans are left feeling measurably unsure, if not completely confused, as to what the proper course of action should actually be for America as a nation, when in fact it’s not so terribly difficult.
Over these past few weeks, we have also further witnessed a depressing number of moderate Republicans, as well as an equally impressive number of middling Liberals, essentially second-guessing their own positions throughout these economic debates. Maybe not so much outwardly–but rather in a passing glimpse, a splinter of doubt in the the mind’s eye or even a certain identifiable hesitance in their verbal tirades. Both sides doubting what they have formerly held to be as sacrosanct and undeniable. Perhaps that doubt can be actively identified as where compromise begins taking form, or could this spate of heavily veiled penance also be where a correctable mistake begins to snowball into a ground-skipping comet of fiscal oblivion?
Put in another way, what if we as a Nation are looking in all the wrong places in order to find the true answers to the Nation’s economic problems? There is an old saying that goes something to the effect that “if everyone is thinking the same thing, then no one is actually thinking.” With some, it now appears that America has reached a sort of aggregated professional lunacy as to the true facts that may be in play. As we have alluded to increasingly throughout this current President’s term, there appears to be much, much, more to our economic morass than meets the proverbial eye.
A Bizarre Approach
When we realistically look at the performance of our Executive Branch up to this point, we see what could be termed as an ostensibly bizarre approach to all things economic and otherwise. When we should be doing one thing in reaction to some ever-present mushrooming dilemma, our leadership often takes an opposite tack that actually worsens a given situation rather than ameliorating it. Take for instance the subprime lending debacle that in large part placed our economy into this position in the first place. The Obama team’s reaction was to vastly over-regulate the mortgage industry and even add staff bank regulators to various bank branch offices in order to intensively micro-manage each and every loan.
So, at a time when our Nation’s building industry, which is one of the major engines of America’s economy, needed to be aided and fortified in every officious manner possible, the White House put forth draconian measures to essentially restrict and even hasten the down-fall of our residential builders, thereby also denying families needed housing…but then again, not exactly all families it would seem, as we are now given to understand.Even after the sub-prime lending scandal came to be understood as the forge by which our economy was hammered into submission, the Obama Department of Justice recently began enforcing a bizarre impetus to actually punish banks which are not making enough sub-prime loans. According to an Investors Business Daily July 8th article, the US Attorney General is even now launching a witch hunt in order to prosecute lenders who fail to originate loans to minorities with poor credit.
The penalties against the banking industry thus far have amounted to over $ 20 million in loan subsidies and set-asides by banks which have elected the cases to be settled out of court, rather than being branded with the dreaded racist label. An additional 60 banks are even now under investigation. One of the main themes at play in the underwriting of these loans? No job, no problem…and here we go again, but at the worst of all possible times.
In fact, the theme at play when we look at almost every problem that exists, speaks to an administration that seeks to take an existing problem, whatever it may be, twist it around and then needlessly complicate that same problem into an unsolvable nightmare of epic fail proportions. We could look at Obama’s failure to drill and the blocking of oil leases and permits with regard to our often dour energy situation as evidence.
If we see the spectre of hyper-inflation staring us down, the administration establishes quantitative easing exercises, which, in effect, prints even more money, thereby lowering the dollar’s value, while intensifying inflationary trends magnitudinally the world over. If we worry over the world’s establishing a new reserve currency other than the US dollar, our treasury chief actually seconds and even approves of the notion– sparking a go-ahead for the UN to seek the possible alternatives thereby dooming current efforts.
The Problem Exacerbated….
(Continue reading at Conservative Refocus)
A federal magistrate refused Wednesday to order the White House to provide BP PLC with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration’s response to last summer’s massive Gulf oil spill.
A lawyer for the oil giant had argued that emails by Carol Browner, Obama’s former adviser on energy and climate matters, and three other officials in the Executive Office of the President could shed light on the White House’s role in estimating the rate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the company’s blown-out well.
But U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan wrote that BP failed to show that it needed the White House’s internal documents.
In a letter to Shushan, BP said it should be allowed to review the White House communications on the spill’s flow rate because the data will help determine the company’s financial liability.
“There is compelling evidence Ms. Browner was personally and substantially involved in the decision-making process that produced the United States’ estimates of oil flow rates and oil spill volumes,” the company wrote.
The Justice Department said BP’s request was overly broad. BP’s proposed search of White House emails would collect nearly everything that mentions BP or the blown-out well that triggered a deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, a government attorney argued.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com …