Obama would just love to delay those defense-cut-related pink slips until after the election …

posted at 6:41 pm on July 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

When House Speaker John Boehner acceded last summer to a debt ceiling deal that threatened 10 years of $50-billion spending cuts to the Defense Department, cynical conservatives everywhere suspected the defense cuts would somehow manage to materialize. Meaningful entitlement reform was left to a so-called “Super Committee,” but defense cuts? They were to be the default in the event of the committee’s inevitable failure.

Never mind that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls the cuts “unworkable” and “a disaster” that will “hollow out the force and inflict severe damage to our national defense.” Never mind that Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey says they’re “an unacceptable risk.” Never mind, above all, that the cuts to defense are entirely disproportional to the bit of the budget consumed by defense spending. (In case anyone has forgotten, we spend five times more on entitlement programs — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — than we do on defense.)

But if the president doesn’t care about any of that, he does care about his reelection. He can relatively reliably count on voters to overlook the threats to national security posed by these cuts. He can more reliably count on voters to remain attached to the benefits dispersed by cherished entitlement programs and to consequently overlook the lack of action on entitlement reform. He can’t, however, reliably count on the favor and support of the hundreds of thousands of workers who stand to lose their jobs if these cuts occur.

Defense shouldn’t be immune from cuts, but Mr. Obama’s policy choices are turning America into an entitlement state with a shrinking military—in other words, Europe. The U.S. would be left with the smallest Navy since World War I, the smallest ground forces in 70 years, and at just over 2.5% of GDP the smallest defense budget since Pearl Harbor.

Sequestration compounds the damage because the cuts would be automatic and indiscriminate. The Pentagon now concedes that funding for the war in Afghanistan would be hit, contrary to past assurances. So would current operations in the Persian Gulf. Training programs, equipment maintenance and military benefits are affected too. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin says the law obliges it to send layoff warnings as soon as October to most of its 123,000 workers—the kind of manufacturing jobs Democrats claim to love.

In my home state of Oklahoma, as many as 16,000 people could lose their jobs.

Obama has blathered all summer long about Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, about the jobs Mitt’s company supposedly destroyed or “outsourced.” For Obama’s benefit, the liberal media has flogged the “release your tax returns!” horse and left sturdier horses in the barn stalls — horses named “June jobs report,” “decreased consumer confidence” and “a drop in retail sales,” to name just a few.

Hmm. What to do with this story? Don’t you just know our dear Commander-in-Chief would love to delay it?

According to a floor speech by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, the president has asked those in the defense industry to delay pink slips until after the Nov. 7 election. Fortunately for those the president would prefer to blindside, Inhofe will have none of it:

I have every reason to believe, because I’ve heard from people in industry, that the president of the United States is trying to get them to avoid sending pink slips out until after the Nov. 7 election. I would remind him that we have something called the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the WARN Act.  It requires these companies to give 60 days’ notice of pending layoffs.

Since sequestration will take place on Jan. 2, these workers must be notified of their pink slip by Nov. 2.  This is what I’d like to remind those companies:  They don’t have to wait.  If they want to notify workers today, they can do that.  I think it is imperative that the workers who are going to be laid off work as a result of the Obama sequestration be notified in advance of the November election.  We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that happens.

Keep your eyes out for real news, people, because ABC and other outlets are too busy targeting the Tea Party to see it.

Tina Korbe is Policy Impact Director at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and a former associate editor right here at HotAir.com.


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Keep your eyes out for real news, people, because ABC and other outlets are too busy targeting the Tea Party to see it.

ding ding ding

tax returns!!!

unfortunately, we have to get the real news from across the pond

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Defense cuts…?

… Didn’t we just put Mexico on food stamps?

Seven Percent Solution on July 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Tina!

We now resume our regular HotAir programming…

turfmann on July 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

, the president has asked those in the defense industry to delay pink slips until after the Nov. 7 election

Hmmm….just like he ordered Her Highness Of Health Care to hold off killing Medicare Advantage until October 2013. It was going to be killed this October by ObamaCare……..until the presidential race tightened up.

Imagine that!

GarandFan on July 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

It’s going to be a sparky summer with hot flashes of light the rest of the year – more popcorn and beer please ..

wheels on July 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Very informative piece.

aquaviva on July 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Almost posted something where the banneth hammer would have struck. Not ready for that…yet.

msupertas on July 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

the president has asked those in the defense industry to delay pink slips until after the Nov. 7 election

wow

hope they don’t kowtow and actually follow the law but what am I saying…dear leader doesn’t even follow the law, he changes it on a dime with out any problems…

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

immigration
welfare reform
defense

he’s got a few more months what other law will this dude decide to overturn or just plain disregard

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Obama signs an executive order that the purposeful collapse of America must wait until after Nov.7th, when he’ll be much more flexible in invalidating the constitution and declaring himself Idi Amin…I mean Hugo Chavez…I mean president for life.

Wolfmoon on July 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Oklahoma ….proud of Tina… proud of Senator Inhofe!

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

In my home state of Oklahoma, as many as 16,000 people could lose their jobs.

Are your constituents not the same ones screaming we need to eliminate those public sector related jobs? This is OK we are talking about isn’t it?
I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

No word on welfare reform….er entitlements?

RAGIN CAJUN on July 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Are your constituents not the same ones screaming we need to eliminate those public sector related jobs? This is OK we are talking about isn’t it?
I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

And those public sector jobs produce what exactly…besides union riots?

sharrukin on July 20, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Are your constituents not the same ones screaming we need to eliminate those public sector related jobs? This is OK we are talking about isn’t it?
I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Turd, there are 2-3 public loafers, partying, and chasing their tails, for each job. You can’t compare that to the military/defense. Plus, the public employees have forgotten who sustains their luxurious existence. No such arrogance from the service personnel…same for respect, both ways.

———
The deluge is always after Obama comes first.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM

And those public sector jobs produce what exactly…besides union riots?

sharrukin on July 20, 2012 at 7:04 PM

…and better pensions than anyone…

May they spontaneously combust, along with Uppdercrust.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Give Obama what he deserves… send out those pink slips…

It will be like 1978 in California when my parents got their property tax bill in the mail… it doubled… and those two lifelong Democrats voted for Prop 13 like 2/3 of California…

When people see what Obama has done to DEFENSE (when the PINK SLIPS start flying) Romney wins in a romp…

Khun Joe on July 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM

dear leader doesn’t even follow the law, he changes it on a dime with out any problems…

cmsinaz on July 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

That’s nothing new. What’s new is that he no longer even tries to keep up the appearance of following the law. It’s amazing what desperation can do to someone.

Mr. Prodigy on July 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Yet another example of Obama’s business illiteracy. If there’s one thing that zips through a company’s grapevine at the speed of light, it’s the threat of impending layoffs. People who work for these defense contractors undoubtedly know what’s coming and are already on edge. They would have to be rank idiots (or Uppereastside) to think for one second that all they have to do to prevent losing their jobs is to hope that old jug ears will look more kindly upon them if they just give him a second term when the reality is that there’s already quite a long line of fools to whom Sparky has made promises that he hasn’t kept or won’t keep all ready and waiting to be thrown under Obama’s Canadian built bus.

natasha333 on July 20, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Chuckle and chagrin, I think the public sector jobs most hard working, private sector, constituents want cut, are the ones they have to pay for via taxes.

You know the ones where government employees vote for bureaucracy so they may feed from the great society.

In other words, the blood sucking parasites that get on the pension programs set up by the left to fill their coffers.

To put it differently the working man’s discontent with the lack of accountability for social spending is what the salient point is.

Should you have any questions or require anything further in this regard please do not hesitate to refer to Greece, et al.

RAGIN CAJUN on July 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

…and better pensions than anyone…

May they spontaneously combust, along with Uppdercrust.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

The sad part is that he doesn’t even see a difference between a factory worker who produces goods (military or otherwise) and some bureaucrat loafer who shuffles papers all day.

sharrukin on July 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

You should really stop making yourself ridiculous. You embarrass yourself.

The expression you are reaching for, and miserably failing to grasp, is “________(fill in the blank) for thee, but none for me.”

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Don’t worry about those “cuts” Mr. President, we’ll let the other guys take care of it come 2013.

108 days till TEANAMI 2!

PappyD61 on July 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

In a previous job I had to make thoughtful cuts. You can do it, you can’t play golf and get it done you have to spend 40 hours a week looking at it, and you have to stick to the budget rules. These people won’t even make a budget because they just want to spend the money.

The federal government cannot be bound by “You can’t cut this” and “You can’t cut that” and “These people have to collect their pension at 55.”

I can fix the military pension problem: You can retire, but if you have a job, you cannot collect your pension until 70 like everyone else, and we verify it every year on your tax return.

Problem solved. No one is entitled to a pension from 55 yrs old until they die, not even our heros. It’s preposterous.

Fleuries on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Keep your eyes out for real news, people, because ABC and other outlets are too busy targeting the Tea Party to see it.

…military layoff, Fast & Furious …what news?
Over a year later people are finally hearing about F & F…what happened in Colorado we’ll hear about 24/7 because it is a tragedy…and if 20 people die in the Windy City this week…nothing!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

…VIRGINIA….!!!…no no no!
Don’t cut it!….SHAVE it!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Your rendering was so bad I actually switched it myself!

“_______(fill in the blank) for ME but none for THEE.”

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

In my home state of Oklahoma, as many as 16,000 people could lose their jobs.

Are your constituents not the same ones screaming we need to eliminate those public sector related jobs? This is OK we are talking about isn’t it?
I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Fluke ye! That’s all the axelturd team sent you as talking points on this topic, a bit weak, eh…

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

In my home state of Oklahoma, as many as 16,000 people could lose their jobs.

Are your constituents not the same ones screaming we need to eliminate those public sector related jobs? This is OK we are talking about isn’t it?
I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Looool :) OMG this is too funny…and my drink is all over the couch, alas, again …the advantages of leather are great I guess..,

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I have every reason to believe, because I’ve heard from people in industry, that the president of the United States is trying to get them to avoid sending pink slips out until after the Nov. 7 election….

Since sequestration will take place on Jan. 2, these workers must be notified of their pink slip by Nov. 2.

Excellent piece, Tina.

knew none of this.

Tim_CA on July 20, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

…VIRGINIA….!!!…no no no!
Don’t cut it!….SHAVE it!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

The lool above was for your comment, not upperyeast….

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Your rendering was so bad I actually switched it myself!

“_______(fill in the blank) for ME but none for THEE.”

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Her ESL classes aren’t there yet.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Anybody know which states will be most affected by defense cuts? I assume Virginia, which would be helpful. California probably a lost cause…

matthew8787 on July 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Problem solved. No one is entitled to a pension from 55 yrs old until they die, not even our heros. It’s preposterous.

Fleuries on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

If I had stayed for 20 years, I could have retired from the Navy at the age of 37, and then gotten a retainer check of 50% of my base pay for the rest of my life. If I had stayed the maximum of 30 years, I still would have been only 47 when I retired, and would have started collecting 75% of my base pay at that point. And who are you to say I wouldn’t have earned it? If it makes you feel any better, I must just be one of those Lockheed Martin employees receiving their pink slip later this year.

Moose Drool on July 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Oops…”might”, not “must”. Damn…

Moose Drool on July 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I work for one of those defense contractors and we’ve already laid off thousands. We just got an e-mail from our CEO this week stating that we could lose as many as ten thousand workers on top of what we’ve already lost. In some of the states we operate in, that layoff notice requirement is ninety days, not sixty, so many of those would go out in October.
Obozo says the private sector is doing fine. Tell that to the twenty five of my co-workers in my area who just got laid off in May.

lfwest on July 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Ehhh, what’s a law to this president?

WannabeAnglican on July 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Good one! Although, given the dearth of quality in his/her posts, I’m fairly certain its congenital.

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

In a previous job I had to make thoughtful cuts. You can do it, you can’t play golf and get it done you have to spend 40 hours a week looking at it, and you have to stick to the budget rules. These people won’t even make a budget because they just want to spend the money.

The federal government cannot be bound by “You can’t cut this” and “You can’t cut that” and “These people have to collect their pension at 55.”

I can fix the military pension problem: You can retire, but if you have a job, you cannot collect your pension until 70 like everyone else, and we verify it every year on your tax return.

Problem solved. No one is entitled to a pension from 55 yrs old until they die, not even our heros. It’s preposterous.

Fleuries on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

And who the heck are you? If you had that much brain in your head you’d know that laws do not and Cannot apply retroactively, when those people signed to serve, they signed because of the benefits, and those who retired to date retired with said benefits. therefore any discussion about slashing the benefits for the current retired mil is preposterous. It would be a breach of contract between them and he feds, pure and simple. So of course the federal govt can and should be bound by ‘you can’t cut this.’…your imbecilty knows no margins really…most of the retired military go on and work for defence contractors after they retire,, if they cut their pensions and slash the funds for contractors too (see the case of the sequestration, the commnenter moose drool above made a good point) you will have 100% unemployment among the retired military and no pension for them to live on, are you that much of a cretin?? This will only ad to fhe unemployment rate in this country and the increase in food stamp kind of benefits…is this your idea of a recovery?? how does this reduce the deficits you, cretin, and how does this help improve the economy, most importantly…so shut the heck up if you don”t know what you are talking about…

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 8:12 PM

In a previous job I had to make thoughtful cuts. You can do it, you can’t play golf and get it done you have to spend 40 hours a week looking at it, and you have to stick to the budget rules. These people won’t even make a budget because they just want to spend the money.

The federal government cannot be bound by “You can’t cut this” and “You can’t cut that” and “These people have to collect their pension at 55.”

I can fix the military pension problem: You can retire, but if you have a job, you cannot collect your pension until 70 like everyone else, and we verify it every year on your tax return.

Problem solved. No one is entitled to a pension from 55 yrs old until they die, not even our heros. It’s preposterous.

Fleuries on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

let me know when people in civvy world work as many hours in a week or for the same pay as a military member.
let me know when their leaves get cancelled at last notice due to mission needs or they are on call 24-7 365,
let me know when they have multiple alerts in a week driving you to a move out readiness position in moments.

dmacleo on July 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Are your constituents not the same ones screaming we need to eliminate those public sector related jobs? This is OK we are talking about isn’t it?
I see, cuts for ye none for the.

Uppereastside on July 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Most are military jobs at Tinker AFB, you freaking moron.

msupertas on July 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

lfwest on July 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Here’s to hoping that our respective locations don’t get hammered.

knob on July 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Obozo says the private sector is doing fine. Tell that to the twenty five of my co-workers in my area who just got laid off in May.

lfwest on July 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

If your company relies solely on the government’s teat for its revenue, it is not private sector.

AngusMc on July 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Where are all the champions of the Republic . . . McCain, Webb, Graham et. al. The country is being sold down the drain by Obama and these great defenders of freedom just set on their butts like the three deaf, blind and mute monkeys. This once great Republic is doomed.

rplat on July 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

He can’t, however, reliably count on the favor and support of the hundreds of thousands of workers who stand to lose their jobs if these cuts occur.

This is the so-called November surprise. Notification of these cuts will spread from August to just a few days before the election in November. These notifications are required by law and absent any suggestion that the contracts will continue, the companies have no choice but to give legally mandated notice.

Happy Nomad on July 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

let me know when people in civvy world work as many hours in a week or for the same pay as a military member.
let me know when their leaves get cancelled at last notice due to mission needs or they are on call 24-7 365,
let me know when they have multiple alerts in a week driving you to a move out readiness position in moments.

dmacleo on July 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Let me know when civilian employees of the DoD get paid for the hours they actually work.

Happy Nomad on July 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

In my home state of Oklahoma, as many as 16,000 people could lose their jobs.

Still believing you’re a conservative and for limited government. You’re young, you have plenty of time to figure it out and actually learn something, but you really should do something about your cognitive dissonance.

Dante on July 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

And those public sector jobs produce what exactly…besides union riots?

sharrukin on July 20, 2012 at 7:04 PM

You realize the public sector jobs he’s referring to are defense/military jobs, don’t you?

Dante on July 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Chuckle and chagrin, I think the public sector jobs most hard working, private sector, constituents want cut, are the ones they have to pay for via taxes.

RAGIN CAJUN on July 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

That includes the military, you know.

Dante on July 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

There is not going to be any sequestration, it’s just political posturing on voth sides of the aisles, pathetic really…

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Both that is…

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Chuckle and chagrin, I think the public sector jobs most hard working, private sector, constituents want cut, are the ones they have to pay for via taxes.

RAGIN CAJUN on July 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

That includes the military, you know.

Dante on July 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

I am perpetually amazed at the stupidity and ignorance of some people such as yourself…The public sector /public administration (ie comprised of civil servants or public servants) explicitly excludes the armed services, somebody needs to and widen their definitional horizon…

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I am perpetually amazed at the stupidity and ignorance of some people such as yourself…The public sector /public administration (ie comprised of civil servants or public servants) explicitly excludes the armed services, somebody needs to and widen their definitional horizon…

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Oh my.

Dante on July 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Oh my.

Dante on July 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Fool…even if both are sustained by taxes, we all, except you, know what the difference is.

Schadenfreude on July 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

The public sector /public administration (ie comprised of civil servants or public servants) explicitly excludes the armed services

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

You are confusing a bunch of different terms.
Public sector is not the same as public administration.

Public administration are civilian employees (though they can also be civilian employees of the DoD).

Public sector is both civilian and military employees.

AngusMc on July 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

The man hates the military. it’s a burden to him. He HATES being Commander-in-Chief. That is all.

Yakko77 on July 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Hmmm. THOUSANDS of jobs, you say? Isn’t Virginia a swing State? Oops.

Kenz on July 21, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Instead of srguing about whether military contractors’ employees should be expendable in the context of limited government, why don’t we throw out the false assumption that limited government is our real goal?

If our goal is Constitutional limited government, we can arrive at priorities. Then we can determine the cost and benefits of all constitutionally-necessary jobs.

But libs aren’t interested in that. Historically, government–and liberals–are incapable of cutting anything because they are unable to prioritize tasks. Libs think they can have everything, all the time–except new bombers, ships, guns and satellites.

rwenger43 on July 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Obama will probably give all those companies waivers so the notice doesn’t go out. He don’t need no stinkin’ constitutional or statutory authority.

Adjoran on July 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Keep your eyes out for real news, people, because ABC and other outlets are too busy targeting the Tea Party to see it.

Tina, don’t be stupid. The only example of this was Brian Ross’s reference to the Tea Party this morning. If there are other outlets besides ABC, cite them. Either write a good, well thought-out rebuttal or shut the hell up.

I thought we got rid of you in lieu of Erika. Go back to wherever you have been the last few months.

RMCS_USN on July 21, 2012 at 2:36 AM

The only example of this was Brian Ross’s reference to the Tea Party this morning.

RMCS_USN on July 21, 2012 at 2:36 AM

No actually its been going on for years.

The Giffords shooting
Virginia Tech
Oklahoma City
Ford Hood
The Times Square bomber

Every time there is a tragedy they attempt to blame conservatives and right-wingers. They then find out its a left wing nut and suddenly there is nothing to see here.

sharrukin on July 21, 2012 at 2:50 AM

….because he’ll have more flexibility after the election.

Mimzey on July 21, 2012 at 5:15 AM

Conservatives should not be arguing about uniformed versus civilian DOD or defense contractors versus direct Federal employees being more or less worthy. We really have to look at what exactly people are doing, whether it is worthwhile in a time of fiscal limitations or whether it can be done more cost effectively via some other source rather than designate some things sacred cows and others unworthy.

The fact is a 10% across the board Federal Budget cut combined with a 10% increase in taxes would still leave our annual budget in a deficit if the economy does not improve. Arguing over relative peanuts in a divisive manner will not solve this problem. Conservatives should be promoting economic growth as a solution to the panoply of problems that have been created by government meddling in the operation of free markets:

1. Stop the EPA regulations on CO2 which produce nothing of benefit that anyone alive today is going to see.
2. Open offshore areas and Federally controlled lands to natural resource production (mining, oil and gas drilling and responsible timber production), sell the government land that does not actually promote enough tourism revenue to pay for its proper maintenance.
3. Throttle back on the regulations threatening the competitiveness of our financial industry.
4. End the distortions in the ethanol market and agriculture. If all we need in gasoline to promote anti-pollution efforts is 10% ETOH in some areas during some times of the year, so be it. If Brazil’s sugar based ethanol is cheaper, don’t tariff it out. Do not pay to idle land. Marginal land utiliztion should respond to market prices.
5. End Davis Bacon. Why pay more for public sector projects than they would cost if done by the private sector.

6 -> infinity. There are many more.

The enemy is not fellow conservatives that we fight with over what piece this or that group gets of a small pie. The enemy is those who insist on keeping the pie small.

KW64 on July 21, 2012 at 6:31 AM

SHORT HISTORY LESSON: In 1975 VietNam just ended and Congress was out to cut everything they could to get money for other PET projects. By the late 1970′s they cut so much that nearly all of our combat experience was gone and We as a Country could not muster one single Combat Division for deployment. We were for awhile totally with out a national defense due to the irresponsibility of a money greedy Congress. Then in 1977 started a little know program called “Golden Eagle/Graduate”. Hundreds of former Officer were called up to active duty. All were Recruiters,personal or salespeople. We were placed on the 5th floor of a windowless building with hundreds of phones and went to work 24hr a day. The purpose was to get thousand of people back in if only on a temporary bases. We accomplished our mission. After which we went into the field. I spent the next 3 years going from mission to mission until things settled down. Don’t be stupid, don’t let this kind of secret tragedy happen again. I’m to old to do this again.

This time my money is on the <a href="http://soforamerica.org/ "

jpcpt03 on July 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM