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  • Morning Bell: Cutting Defense is No Solution to Economic Woes

    A core principle of the political left in this country is that our current levels of defense spending have harmed, and will continue to harm, our economic prosperity. So last month while he was defending the $700 billion Wall Street bailout program, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said: “The biggest ongoing threat to fiscal sanity in this country, I believe, is an open-ended, ever expanding military budget that goes far beyond what is necessary.” Frank’s assertions about the scope of defense spending in the United States are just flat out wrong.

    At the height of World War II we spent 46% of our GDP on the military. By 1945 that number had dropped to 34.5%. Throughout the Cold War, defense spending averaged 8% of GDP and since 1962 the average spending level has fallen even further to 5.5% of our GDP. Today we spend less than 4% on defense. Our economy has boomed multiple times in the past despite our government devoting much higher levels of our GDP to national security. Currently, there is runaway spending in Washington, but it is coming from President Barack Obama and the left. Congress spent more in just one bill–this year’s “stimulus” bill–than it spent on Afghanistan and Iraq combined since 2001.

    Eager to mollify his leftist base while still making it appear he is serious about responsibility, President Barack Obama has recently begun laying the groundwork for deep cuts in defense spending. Last week, he promised to only “invest in technologies that are proven and cost-effective…If a system isn’t ready to be developed, we shouldn’t pour resources into it.” This may sound sensible but it ignores the fact that developing and deploying cutting-edge technologies is far more complex. Many of today’s military programs are a “system of systems” (like the Army’s Future Combat Systems modernization effort and ballistic missile defense) that have integrated components that must be deployed individually before they can be tested together as part of the larger network. Placing undo requirements on these programs will only further generate a risk-averse culture and will inevitably slow the acquisition process and raise costs.

    More worrisome, the previous week President Obama said he wanted to “reform our defense budget so that we’re not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don’t use.” It would appear this is a further attempt to lay the groundwork for cutting necessary core-capabilities from America’s military, not just by associating them with the Cold War and a bygone era, but by identifying them as wasteful and a potential area for cost-savings.

    Defense contracting is far from perfect. And the Heritage Foundation has been a leader in identifying ways to make it more efficient. But neither is defense spending a burden on our economy, or exploding in size. There has been an explosion in spending that has cratered our national deficit. But Congressman Frank and President Obama must understand that the explosion in entitlement and non-defense discretionary spending are the real culprits.

    Quick Hits:

    • North Korea warned today that any move to intercept a missile test-firing would result in a counterstrike against the countries trying to stop it.
    • Experts on both sides of the issue say tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants.
    • According to Drug Enforcement Administration records, Atlanta has emerged as the preferred gateway to America for Mexican drug cartels.
    • The Obama Administration will press world governments to boost their deficit spending, despite the fact that the explosion of U.S. deficit spending makes other country’s borrowing more expensive.
    • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is urging the nation’s schools to spend their stimulus dollars as fast as they possibly can.
    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    38 Responses to Morning Bell: Cutting Defense is No Solution to Economic Woes

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      The only thing that is ever expanding is Barney Frank's stupidity! This is followed closely by President Obama's lack of intelligence when it comes to REAL WORLD economics (not urban economics)!

    2. Don S. Spokane, WA says:

      The sentence below which was in the last paragraph of Monday mornings "Morning Bell" is much too nice to President Obama and Barney Frank. They know that entitlement programs is where most of our federal budget is spent.

      "But Congressman Frank and President Obama must understand that the explosion in entitlement and non-defense discretionary spending are the real culprits."

      Why not use stronger language, call them what they are "liars".

      I think its time to stand up and tell them in plain language what they are.

    3. JERRY PUYALLUP,WA says:

      Cutting defense spending puts our troops and our people at risk

      Having family in the service makes me all the more concerned

      Our soldiers as well as our country should always have the best,most advanced defense weaponry and technologies available

      If this country is willing to commit billions of dollars to unproven and not yet viable alternative energy sources than we can surely put all that is needed toward our countrys defense and it's military

    4. Franklin's Lock says:

      I guess the Democrats don't realize that Defense funding employs Americans all over the nation. The companies that receive the defense contacts employ people and this filters down through communities all over the nation, my community included. I know of three companies in my area that produces “something” for defense projects. By cutting defense projects and funds, Obama will crush local economies, like my area, by cutting their jobs.

      Entitlements do not filter down through the community. As Obama said, he wanted money to “filter up” through a community. I don’t know the economic law and I never heard him explain how that would work. We did not hear it because it does not work and does not exist. Entitlements hurt the economy and communities by creating a welfare class, not a working (producing) class.

      http://franklinslocke.blogspot.com/

    5. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      The beltway demagogues are in serious need of national government 101. The top federal priority is and should have always been defense. Maslow's hierarchy of needs says it all. Without a secure environment you can forget about the economy. And now you have the Great One, Mr. Obama, wanting to have friendly sit downs with terrorists and murders. Mr. BO, they're our enemies for a good reason. And when it comes to Barney Franks, consider the source.

    6. Ron, Derry NH says:

      Barney Frank and his ilk are socialists that need to control everything. Two things are needed from the military for them; Their budget, their loss of power.

      The problem with these born again socialists is that they are willing to believe an all encompassing government power is stronger than a peoples will and efforts. So they are bent on taking all oppositions to their supremacy from the political landscape, as the military has a power of its own in its budget, and they need it.

      This isn't an act of stupidity on their part, as it is essential for them to get their hands on the military budget to get the revenues they need. Barney Frank has no desire to protect this country with anything but lawyers after the acts of terrorism happen. Look at Massachusetts for an example.

      One must take every opportunity to escape ones own house should one be threatened by an intruder. This is Massachusetts, this is Barney Frank.

      This puts control back in government bureaucrats hands but does nothing to prevent calamity. A plus for the likes of Mister Emmanuel's philosophy of using calamity as an opportunity.

      It is clear to me that the Democratic party under Howard Dean has become an aggressor against the American way of life to consume and consolidate all power to one party and eliminate debate and the freedom it has spawn. We just have to look at states that have one party strength to see how maniacal they become against liberty and how their entire legislative agendas become embattled over supporting budget expenditures for unions, medicare, Medicaid, cronies and pet projects and nothing about defending liberty or the peoples well being.

      We are under a heavy burden of arrogant pomposity and corruption of American principles like never before, from obvious fascists with an agenda to take America away from the people and anoint themselves as the lords of its ideas and its direction. They want no competition, so weaken any one with a voice with less monetary power and they will have won by consolidating all money flow to the central control, including security issues.

      I have seen Barney Frank in action in Massachusetts. He is a corrupter of principles for his own power. I watched him lie to Congress about the Fanny Mae impending collapse. He is not to be trusted by any stretch of the imagination. They will make America as safe as say Lowell or Lawrence Massachusetts is at night. A shining example of socialism destroying the fabric of life their.

    7. Butch, Austin, TX. says:

      Regarding this morning's update. You really need to talk with Michael Sekora – 512 238 8704. Michael was Director of the Socrates Project under Ronald Reagan. Among other things, Socrates was responsible for Star Wars and Stealth technology. The underlying brillance of Socrates was that it "targeted" technology available globally to exploit what was already available or near available. (This is apparently what Obama will buy, so let's give it to him). Unfortunately Socrates was defunded by Bush 1 ("another fine mess he got us into"), because of pressure from our allies that Socrates gave us unfair comeptitive advantage. (This is all in Congressional record, by-the-way). Fortunately, Sekora is here in Austin, working with the University of Texas to revive Socrates with 21st century technology. Let's help this patriot.

      Butch

    8. Butch, Austin, TX. says:

      Regarding this morning’s update. You really need to talk with Michael Sekora – (send and email to me for his contact information). Michael was Director of the Socrates Project under Ronald Reagan. Among other things, Socrates was responsible for Star Wars and Stealth technology. The underlying brillance of Socrates was that it “targeted” technology available globally to exploit what was already available or near available. (This is apparently what Obama will buy, so let’s give it to him). Unfortunately Socrates was defunded by Bush 1 (”another fine mess he got us into”), because of pressure from our allies that Socrates gave us unfair comeptitive advantage. (This is all in Congressional record, by-the-way). Fortunately, Sekora is here in Austin, working with the University of Texas to revive Socrates with 21st century technology. Let’s help this patriot.

      Butch

    9. Steve, Pittsburg says:

      "invest in technologies that are proven and cost-effective…If a system isn’t ready to be developed, we shouldn’t pour resources into it.” Couldn't the President apply this same logic to the energy sector, i.e. power from solor, wind, etc.???

    10. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      The dems and obama are determined to give this country away. They believe that the socialist form of government is the only way for this country to go, and cutting defense spending is justified. This is so stupid with the threat that we face daily. I am so glad that people felt he was the right one to be president. We can now see that he will not have the guts to do the necessary thing when we get hit again. It is not a matter of if but when this will happen.

      Why do we not just go ahead and sign the necessary papers to dislove this country and our way of life, give it all up to who ever wants it, Let the liberals have all and be done. I am so discussed with this whole thing.

    11. Danny Fla says:

      Dear Morning Bell: The Subject of Defense is an importan't one. There is much unclear information concerning those who would attack the great satan-America.Defense is something we are capable, but to compromise, is to invite those who care absoulutely nothing, of American Values.No-one should lessen the Freedom of a free people.Our officials are our servants- to not protect the American values, is against the very oath taken to hold office. I personally will never stop believing in my self/or my country, at the expense of wrong, decision. God Bless America.!

    12. Jim Wilson Dallas Te says:

      I feel like I'm living in a parallel universe. Why Barney Frank is allowed to walk free is a mystery to me and we have him preaching economics to us on a daily basis. Why is it that no amount of facts or common sense register even a blip on the radar, but the words of a guy who told us repeatedly that Fannie and Freddie were both solid a solid as a rock, and no one questions his credibility? Why are we not taking to the streets?!

      Sincerely,

      JW

    13. R Cavolo says:

      Two wars going and you cut spending? Sounds like diving deeper and cutting my air hose.

    14. Daniel Rivers, Louis says:

      It is crystal clear to me the Mister Franks is a Communist.

    15. Sharon Knopping, Lew says:

      Barney Frank is one of the biggest threats to the sanctity of our beloved country. We need to remain strong or we will be defeated by the radical agenda of the Jihadists in conjunction with the radical agenda of the far left who desperately want to change our way of life. Besides Frank belongs in jail for the major part he played in the subprime debacle! Why is no one pursuing this?

    16. Butch, Austin, TX. says:

      Expect more of this: see the link to a CNN report today about the Chinese "aggressively harassing an US surveillance ship"

      Pentagon says Chinese harassed U.S. ship – CNN.com

      We definitly need another "Socrates Program"

    17. David, Lancaster, CA says:

      Obama lambasts spending on unproven technologies when talking military spending, but will divert billions to fetal stem cell research which is completely unproven. At least military spending delivers a product and has added invention, materials and processes to daily life that most people would be surprised to learn originated with the military.

    18. John Boyer, Madison, says:

      Does this 4% of GDP include what we have been spending in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    19. John Boyer, Madison, says:

      Something else that would be instructive would be the percentage of GDP we spent prior to World War II, or even World War I, since that was when the modern military industrial complex was founded.

    20. Bill Guyker,Greensbu says:

      I agree with all the comments IDing the President and rep Frank and Sen Dodd as the real culprits in the abyssmal economy.Obama is using pages from the communist handbook which sets up distractions from the real issues. Stem cell R/D is important but the credit market and banking system recovery are our No 1 priority. The media reports stock prices every nite but refuses to highlight efforts to recover.My IRA is down to 30%-Goodbye retirement.

      I am absolutely disgusted by the flood of lies coming from Obama,Pelosi,Reid and Frank.Obama is still in "campaign mode".

      Obama claims he inherited the deficit,but does that mean he has every right to make it worse.We must uncover his agenda and neutralize him if it would help our country

    21. suek, so Cal says:

      Butch…

      I saw that report about the Chinese harassment – but the header I was was "Chinese harass _unarmed_ US Naval ship".

      Unarmed???? A US Naval ship???? Now that's just bizarre.

    22. Wallyblu, Zion, IL says:

      Why is it no one can see Obama wants to defund one of the things the Constitution specifically says the Federal Government must do (Provide for the general defense). Then he has the Hutspa to say he needs the money for entitlements mentioned nowhere in the Constitution.

    23. ra,ohio says:

      This administration is just what the world has been waiting for.

      Iran, China, Korea et.al are cheering our declining research funding for technological military improvements.

      This is not the time to stop, rather it's the time to accelerate the efforts to bolster our defenses.

      It will provide employment for millions of people at a time when we need it most.

      I just don't get this administration, they are hell bent on destroying this country.

    24. BKB, Pittsburgh says:

      The article misses the point. Obama and Frank DO understand what they are doing!! The motivation for their spending IS to be destructive to the future of the UNITED States. They hate this country and they want it deconstructed. They are the "commies" we feared up through the 1980's, and have assumed went away after the collapse of the USSR.

    25. Rich, Raleigh NC says:

      Isn't this the way the dem's have always thought….wait till they hit us and then we'll respond! A good offense is always a good defense. Besides, the money spent on defense whether it be to produce or to invest in new technologies is good for the economy, creating and keeping jobs. I'd rather my tax dollars go towrds protecting us and our children than some owl!

    26. ella quinn kinston n says:

      I agree we donot need to cut spending for our military. Let obama, nancy p, harry r,and all the rest of the idoits with them take a cut in their pay.I wish they would leave now from this country.For the ones who are fed up like i am please donot give up.We will have better times.God can intervine. LETS hang in their. Keep watching sean h,glenn b,.

    27. Douglas St.Clair Wil says:

      Rep Frank may be wrong about a lot of things but in this he does have a point. The current budget has military spending for projects the Pentagon didn't ask for or want. For example the Navy's top brass decided to end production of their newest class of destroyers — in response to 15 classified intelligence reports highlighting their vulnerability to a range of foreign missiles — seven Democratic senators quickly joined four Republicans to demand a reversal. They threatened to cut all funding for surface combat ships in 2009. Within a month, Gates and the Navy reversed course and endorsed production of a third DDG-1000 destroyer, at a cost of $2.7 billion. Or how about that Pesky Murtha guy who joined other Democrats — including Boxer — in adding billions of dollars to the war budget for 15 Boeing C-17 cargo planes that the Pentagon did not request. "We have said we have enough" of the C-17s, the senior defense official said. "But members keep adding them to every spending bill, every opportunity they can find."

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    29. Mike, Hickory, NC says:

      Quote: "Congressman Frank and President Obama must understand that the explosion in entitlement and non-defense discretionary spending are the real culprits".

      Do we honesty and really even hope, let alone expect, Comrades Frank and Obama (not to mention the rest of their Leftist government elitist Comrades) to ever even have any intention to truly and actively "understand" such facts and reality?

      How many times must it be repeated that, to Leftist government elitists, neither the facts nor reality count, only their power and money-grabbing Leftist government elitist agenda counts?

      Of course whenever any of us cite such "facts" and "reality" we can just hear Comrades Frank and Obama (and the rest of their Leftist government elitist Comrades and their flunkies) reacting with "Who's 'facts'? and "Who's 'reality'?", etc.

      Indeed that is how such government elitists bring "personality" into it and, (among other consequences destructive of both individual and national freedoms, prosperity, and security), lead to government elitist personality cults, such as those of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jung Il, Hugo Chavez, and the leader of another widely identified and repeatedly demonstrated government elitist personality cult, Obama.

    30. J Alan, SD Ca says:

      What a dis-service to this country lying idiots like Frank, Pelosi, Dodd and Reid do. What will it take to get these enemies of the free-world locked-up where they can't do any more dissmanteling of our capitalist system and our country? If the TV addicted masses keep taking it, these guys will keep giving it. Some how we are 'left' with spineless, gutless empty suits and skirts and socially engineered plastic faced numb-skulls that just don't get it. Enough already.

    31. Barb -mn says:

      Clearly, the president and his kin wants to push for a vulnerable and defenseless America. He never did mention, so seemingly does not have respect for America, her people and all she ever was… the strength and good will America builds in each individual person was a beautiful thing. Obama doesn't want strength and doesn't have good will.

      Obama wants military law enforcement in our neighborhoods or government definition, "communities." He's preparing, expecting and looking forward to civil unrest…

    32. Frank conn. says:

      Barney Franks is a disgrace to his country, if he had his way there would be no defense programs in this country at all. what he and all the screwballs on the left want to do is give everything to all social programs to all the freeloaders!!!!

    33. ameliawasiluk, Oneid says:

      Hello,

      Obama is the enemy and those that voted for him.

      He runs on the wrong energy and has no desire to do the right thing for the good of this country and ultimately the world. I recall during his election when he was being scrutinized, one story that caught my attention was the fact that he was raised fatherless, and as a result a broken man. It is obvious to see that he still is a broken man, he has no resolute or the backbone to stand against evil. He has been brainwashed and altered, some through his own doing like reading the Koran. A weak minded person is highly susceptible to suggestions, through reading, visual and auditory means. A person solidly grounded on his Christian values does not doubt his stance and therefore takes no interest in investigation or reading materials such as the Koran. In other words his agenda is not his agenda. For instance there are those who have photo graphic memory, we all have the gift, however, through own choosing to be in our heads, worrying, planning and ambition our scanner does not pick up the info. at a glance. However, this can be misused by someone like Obama without even realizing how he is been changed or affected, he is programmed and will act out what he wrongfully perceived from this materials. Remember he is functioning from his altered state of a Godly existence and cannot help himself but to screw up whereever and whatever he comes in contact with the power he has been giving by the people and from the people, not God. He does not have the power to stop for example new immigrants (third world mentality from infiltrating this country. It is those with a third world mentality that elected him. Just because someone takes an oath to become a US Citizen or legal resident does not mean he she is a loyal American. Some of these people become doctors, lawyers and successful politicians functioning from the wrong spirit. Mostly for greed and power.

      Amelia

    34. RussBrown, Sarasota, says:

      When Japan attacked us in 1941, we were so ill-prepared to defend ourselves that U.S, military in the Philippines were quickly overrun. The first draftees trained with broomsticks instead of rifles because US lacked the necessary military equipment. This happened because the left leaning members of Congress believed in isolationism. Barney Franks thinks like that. There are rogue counties out there who will not hesitate to take advantage of us if we appear ill-prepared to defend ourselves.

    35. michael hutchings says:

      LOCATION;CAPTAIN OBAMA ON THE DECK OF THE SHIP OF STATE, INSTRUCTING HIS CREW TO THROW THE CANNONS OVER BOARD TO CLEAR THE REEFS THE SHIP IS PILED UP ON;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA; AXELROD, ROLL THOSE GUNS INTO THE SEA WE WONT BE NEEDING THEM IN THE NEW ORDER;

      AXELROD;i agree CAPTAIN OBAMA we will be loved and not feared or respected for our warlike ways;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;THATS THE PLAN, WE NEED BUTTER NOT GUNS,AND I BELIEVE WITH ENOUGH BUTTER WE CAN SLIDE OFF THIS REEF axelrod;

      AXELROD;no more guns and we will be loved,entire nations will worship our example and help us in creating our new serfdom WORLD WIDE;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;I KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT OR I WOULD THROW YOU OVER BOARD,ONE SIDE BENIFIT IN GETTIN RID OF THE GUNS IS WE CAN PUSH OUR SERFS AROUND;

      AXELROD;we are stuck on this reef and we have thrown over the last gun;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;THATS A PROBLEM axelrod,LET RATION HEALTH CARE AND CRANK UP THE ABORTION MILLS TO INCLUDE POST NATAL ABORTION OF OLD PEOPLE;

      AXELROD;excellent idea,look at that old woman doddering around and sucking the energy out of the planet on the foredeck,lets chuck her over the side and be rid of more wieght on the ship of state,wieght on the ship of state,i like it;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;WAIT UNTIL DARK,WE WOULDNT WANT RUSH LIMBAUGH OR MICHEAL SAVAGE TO FIND OUT BEFORE WE SHUT THEM DOWN;

      AXELROD;WIEGHT ON THE SHIP OF STATE!NO EXTRA FRIEGHT ON THE SHIP OF STATE!!NO MORE BIRTHDAY CAKE ON THE SHIP OF STATE!!!

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;ENOUGH ALREADY AXELROD CALM DOWN AND STOP SLOBBERING;

      AXELROD;NO MORE GUNS AND NO MORE FUNDS!!!;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;THATS RIGHT NOW SETTLE DOWN THROW THAT OLD WOMAN OVERBOARD IF YOU HAVE TOO AND BE QUIET JUST GET US OFF THIS REEF;

      AXELROD;no more guns and no more sons!!!no more guns and no more daughters then things will be as they oughter;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;THATS ENOUGH,THAT OLD LADY LANDED ON A ROCK,THROW THE NEXT ONE FARTHER AND SETTLE DOWN;

      AXELROD;help is coming CAPTAIN OBAMA it is a fleet of chinese ships and they are pleased we have thrown our guns overboard;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;THEY WOULD BE PLEASED AND WILL DO WHAT WE WANT THEM TO DO NOW AND WE CAN SIT AND PLAY IN THE BIG SAND BOX TOGETHER,EQUAL AND FREE AT LAST OF THE BURDEN OF SELF DEFENCE AND WAR;

      AXELROD;they may be getting ready to roll their own guns overboard,the gun ports are opening up on their war ships,i mean peace ships;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;PEACE SHIPS,I LIKE IT,THERE WAS A SONG ABOUT A PEACE TRAIN SEE IF YOU CAN DO SOMETHING WITH THAT;

      AXELROD;that idea about the song may not be a good one,the man that sang it wanted to kill SALMON RUSDIE;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;IS HE STILL ALIVE axelrod.THROW HIM OVER THE SIDE TOO, CANT HAVE HIM UPSETTING THE CREW WITH COMMON SENSE EXPLANATIONS OF RELIGION;

      AXELROD;captain the chinese ships are having a malfunction in their disarmament program,some of their guns have malfunctioned and shells are flying this way;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;DONT WORRY ABOUT THESE LITTLE ACCIDENTS,ONCE THEY SEE WE WONT DEFEND OUR SELVES THEY WILL MAKE NICE AND PULL US OFF THIS REEF;

      AXELROD;forgive me CAPTAIN OBAMA i was thinking of what we CAN DO to the ELDERLY and UNBORN when they have no defences;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;YOU ARE STARTING TO THINK axelrod,GO WATCH THE NETWORK NEWS, IF I START TO THINK THATS HOW I PUT A STOP TO IT;

      AXELROD;CAPTAIN OBAMA the chinese commander want to fire a 21 gun salute in your honor before he lays down all of his weapons;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;IT WORKING axelrod;

      AXELROD;the chinese captain wants us to line up in front of his cannons to do a special salute;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;JUST THE KIND OF THING WE EXPECT FROM PEOPLE WHO NO LONGER FEAR US,WE MUST GET THE TEACHERS UNIONS TO STUDY PEACE AND TELL OUR SERFS TO BE MORE TRUSTING;

      AXELROD;think of it, our serfs with no guns to be afraid of and it will be so much easier to throw the expendable under the bus;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;THATS THE WHOLE PROGRAM axelrod LOOK HOW WELL BEING DISARMED HAS WORKED WITH THE CHINESE,THEY ARE READY TO FIRE THE 21 GUN SALUTE AT US AND THEY ARE HAPPY,SEE THEM LAUGHING;

      AXELROD

      AXELROD;

    36. L.Dale Peters says:

      It is obvious for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear from true wisdom of paying attention to History, that the Barney Franks and others who "think" like him in the Obama administration as well, actually WANT us here in the USA to NOT at all have an effective military and to leave us vulnerable to take-over by Socialists and/or Communists. Our culture, in many aspects, is already being inundated with those ideas to destroy the very fabric of our great nation. We have to be in a position to reclaim our rightful and sane positions to be a powerful influence in our education systems. The media in general, is aiding and abetting those who are following through with their plans to destroy all that our Founding Fathers intended.

    37. mac tx says:

      I NEVER THOUGHT A SMALL GROUP OF SUCH GREEDY PEOPLE COULD HAVE GOTEN AWAY WITH WHAT THEY DID. I DONT THINK I WOULD PUT THEM IN PRISON,BUT I WOULD TAKE ALL THEY HAVE AND PUT THEM IN THE SAME MESS THEY HAVE CREATED FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OTHERS. THE CHAIN REACTION IS UNBELEAVLE.

      THEY SHOULD HAVE USED THEIR GREAT MINDS FOR SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE. GREED SHOULDEN'T BE OBTAINED AT SOMEONE ELSES EXPENCE.WE SURE NEED SOME PEOPLE TO OVER SEE THE MARKETS.THIS ADMISTRATION HAS ONE BIG MESS TO FIGURE OUT,I KNOW THEY INHERATED THE BUT LISTING TO THE NEWS WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE PILING ON JUST LIKE FOOTBALL. WHAT A MESS.WE ARE SO FAR IN DEBT IT WILL TAKE A MARICLE TO GET US OUT.

    38. mac tx says:

      cutting milletary budget by 17% is a stupid idea we expect them to presirve our freedom and our libertys. their not only protecting our country they put their life on the line all day every day. it's not like they get the weekends off like us,on call 24 /7.they desirve the nolbest respect.

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