Posted by: rotenochsen | February 17, 2009



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Feb. 17th, 2009 | 12:14 pm

Monday, February 16, 2009

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” —Ronald Reagan

At the same time that Obama tells us that only the government can rescue US from the “great depression” they say is pending.
They have passed a bill that will allow anyone who served in one of the military services for 90 days will now be eligible for 40% of the VA money allowed to those who served at least 90days, for an education, but were removed from service because of service connected disability(wounded), or had served a full enlistment.

Men and women who only serve 90days will not, in any case I can recall, be awarded an honorable discharge,(many are General Discharged) and never before had any such benefit.Only honorably discharged service men and women who have served the full term of enlistment would be eligible for VA benefits.
To make this expenditure even worse. I offer the following article that illustrates how our National Security is being discarded by the new Commander in Chief.

February 14, 2009
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A Pentagon spokesman said Friday the military must tighten its budget belt by looking at ways to share equipment and services instead of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines each paying for its own.

To that end, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell signaled that requests to build more F-22 fighter jets could be one area facing cuts.

The Obama administration is expected to decide by March 1 whether to spend $523 million on 20 more of the radar-evading stealth planes beyond 183 that are already planned – one of the first major defense spending decisions of the new presidency.

Lawmakers fear that ending F-22 spending would result in thousands of lost jobs during the global recession that began last year.

But Pentagon leaders, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, have expressed doubt that more F-22s are needed, especially since the military plans to buy several thousand F-35s, a much cheaper plane.

Morrell said the issue of F-22s was being weighed amid ongoing Pentagon budget talks “both financially and in terms of balancing capabilities and risk.”

“We need to make hard choices in this economic climate, particularly with regards to programs that are having trouble being executed,” Morrell told reporters at a Pentagon briefing Friday. “We need to look for cost efficiencies.”

Earlier this week, Gates said the Pentagon has not yet decided on the F-22 spending, calling it “one of the programs that, along with a number of others – many others – that we will be looking at.”

Lockheed Martin Corp., the defense contractor building the F-22, has warned that thousands of jobs would be lost if President Barack Obama decides to end funding for the advanced but costly plane. Lockheed estimates about 95,000 people, at 1,000 suppliers, are working on the F-22 contract.

In January, 44 senators sent Obama a letter urging him to continue production of the F-22. The letter argues that the program could provide thousands of jobs at a time when manufacturers are shedding factory jobs at a rapid clip because of the recession. Roughly 200 House members also wrote to Obama asking him to build more planes.

Additionally, the Air Force has pushed for production of F-22s to reach 381 total aircraft. Lockheed says the F-22 is needed for aerial combat and would be used for potential future threats from nations like China and Russia who unlike Obama is pressing on with nuclear armament!

If president Obama really wants to create more jobs, other than government employees who are beholding to him, he should immediately order his minions in Congress to release the funds that have already been appropriated but are on hold for the F-22 fighter jet.

The following is an example of a letter ,e-mail or telegram to send to Congress and the White House!
I urge Members of Congress and the new Administration to take immediate action to release funds already authorized to continue production of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, the F-22 Raptor. Keeping the production line of this model aerospace program open currently requires no additional taxpayer dollars, and is not a rescue or bailout. Rather, it will allow us to maintain a healthy program that delivers considerable economic benefit while providing our Air Force with appropriate numbers of the best fighter aircraft ever made. Production of this aircraft is in jeopardy—and with it more than 95,000 American jobs, over $12 billion in national economic activity, and the superiority of America’s Air Force.

The Department of Defense deferred the decision regarding continued Raptor production to the Obama Administration, and now, action must be taken to ensure Raptor development can continue without cost increases or the loss of specialized jobs.
And if you don’t think that OUR defense has taken a back seat to the socialization of America, just read this!
“The Pentagon’s overall budget for fiscal 2009, excluding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stood at 515 billion dollars.
The top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen confirmed Monday it was “highly likely the military will face budget cuts.”
In doing so the department needs to cut programs “where costs have spun out of control,” so funds can “remain on the war effort,” he said.
Gates identified the F-22 combat aircraft replacement program as an area the Pentagon will examine for cuts.
“It’s obviously one of the programs that, along with a number of others — many others — that we will be looking at,” he said.


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