Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How Is Our Commander and Chief Doing With His Good War?

Butch Jackson just can't let the Afghanistan thing alone. Guess it is because Butch lost his Dad in the military. "The Obama strategy of surrendering in the Middle East was clear. Call Afghanistan the 'good' war and Iraq the 'bad-Bush' war. Pull out of Iraq leaving only an embassy, and who cares if the Iranians take over. Commit to a 'token surge' in Afghanistan giving the soldiers only half of what they ask for while at the same time announcing our pull out date by 2014 so that no enemy in the 'good' war would take us seriously. He thought they would be smart enough to just wait us out. And lastly, Obama would negotiate with the 'good' Taliban and charm them into at least saying they would co-operate with a coalition once we left. Meanwhile Obama would sit in Washington and harass anyone he determined was a 'bad' guy with unmanned drones."

"So how do you think its going Billy Roy?"

Oops, of course Butch knows that BM can't leave this topic alone since we have lost more young soldiers since the half-assed surge than we did in the 8 years before not to mention a lot of really good Brits as well. "Well, surprise, surprise the latest set of events ain't good. A U.S. soldier is suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a solitary shooting spree early Sunday. These attacks followed by a few weeks the killing of two U.S. officers at the hand of an Afghan soldier working in Kabul's secure Interior Ministry. He shot a Colonel and Major in their heads. Earlier still, Korans and Islamic religious materials were burned at Bagram Air Field in response to the captured terrorists using them to pass notes."

Billy Roy continued,"Both of these killings have huge psychological and political impact. The psychological pressure on every side of the Afghanistan conflict has become enormous. The war has gone on for more than 10 years, and while the Taliban have always opposed U.S. and NATO troops, supporters of the regime of Afghan President Hamid Karzai now distrust them as well. The United States is looking for a way out, and Karzai supporters understand what this might mean to them personally, like they could take slugs in the back of their heads as well."

"The United States and its allies now face both the Taliban and the growing dissatisfaction of other Afghans. In other words Obama has no friends which is criminal since the smart alec's key stated intent with the American-led 'surge' was to win Afghan 'hearts and minds'. This is what seems to happen particularly when weak leaders try to play politics with wars. What happened to the 'Powell Doctrine' of never committing American troops without the intention of WINNING?"

"So BM, what would you do? You sound anti-war", Butch in a rare moment put his leader on the spot.

"I am absolutely anti-war with a commander in chief who is hell bent on retreating from our role as leader of the free world. This President is out to sabotage us whether we are negotiating treaties with the Russians, playing footsie with sanctions and diplomacy with the Iranians, trading food and money to the Koreans for false promises on their nukes, supporting every terrorist uprising we can find in the Obama Spring, or worst of all, doing everything he can to cripple the Israeli's ability to defend themselves. I HOPE we bring every soldier home asap until we can CHANGE this administration."

With that BM adjourned this coffee break.

This writer doesn't believe Obama is the only saboteur. The Republican Presidential candidates that want to hack at each other and take this silly media driven race to the Republican Convention are sabotaging the Republican Party and the American people as well.  This process is the only thing I know that can re-elect  a bad joke like Barrack Hussein Obama.

Think about it,


Monday, March 12, 2012

A Warning From California To Dumb Conservative American Rednecks

Dear Billy Roy,

I live in California. If you were wondering what living in Obama's second term would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there now.

California is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democratic Left enabled by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and state government is run by and for the public employee unions. The unemployment rate is 12%.

California has more folks on food stamps than any other state, has added so many benefits and higher rates to Medicaid that we call it "Medi-Cal." Our K-12 schools have more administrators than teachers, and smaller classes but lower test scores and higher dropout rates with twice the per-student budget of 15 years ago. Good job, Brownie.

This week, the once and current Gov. Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown had to confess that the "balanced" state budget adopted five months ago was billions in the red because actual tax revenues were billions lower than the airy-fairy revenue estimates on which the balance was predicated.

After trimming legislators' perks and reducing the number of cell phones provided to state civil servants, the governor intoned that drastic budget reductions had already hollowed out state programs for the needy, law enforcement and our schoolchildren. California government needed more money.

Echoing the Occupy movement, the governor proclaimed the rich must pay their fair share. Fair share? The top 1% of California income earners currently pays 50% of the state's income tax.

California has seven income tax brackets. The top income tax rate is 9.3%, which is slapped on the greedy rich earning at least $47,056 a year. Income of more than $1 million pays the "millionaires' and billionaires'" surcharge tax rate of 10.3%.

Brown's proposal would add 2% for income over $250,000. A million-dollar income would then be taxed at 12.3%. And that's just for the state.

Brown also proposed a one-half-cent sales tax increase, which would bring sales taxes (which vary by county) to 7.75% to 10%. Both tax increases would be on the ballot in 2012.

The sales tax increase proposal immediately brought howls of protest from the Left (of Brown!). Charlie Eaton, a sociology grad student at UC Berkeley and leader of the UC Student-Workers Union, said, "We've paid enough. It's time for millionaires to pay."

At least five other ballot measures to raise taxes are circulating for signatures to get on the 2012 ballot in California. The governor's proposals are the most conservative.

The Obama way doesn't end with taxes.

The governor and the state legislature continue to applaud the efforts of the California High Speed Rail Authority to build a train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco. Even though the budget is three times the voter-approved amount, and the first segment will only connect two small towns in the agricultural Central Valley. But hey, if we build it, they will ride.

And we don't want to turn down the Obama bullet-train bucks Florida and other states rejected because the operating costs would bankrupt them. Can't happen here—we're already insolvent.

If we get into real trouble with the train, we'll just bring in the Chinese. It worked with the Bay Bridge reconstruction. After the 1989 earthquake, the bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco was rebuilt with steel made in China. Workers from China too. Paid for with money borrowed from China. Makes perfect sense.

In California, we hate the evil, greedy rich (except the rich in Hollywood and in sports, and in drug dealing). But we love people who have broken into California to eat the bounty created by the productive rich.

Illegals get benefits from various generous welfare programs, free medical care, free schools for their kids, including meals, and of course, instate tuition rates and scholarships too. Governor Perry, California has a heart. Nothing's too good for our guests.

To erase even a hint of criticism of illegal immigration, the California Legislature is considering a unilateral state amnesty. Democrat State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes has proposed an initiative that would bar deportation of illegals from California.

Interesting dilemma for Obama there. If immigration is exclusively a federal matter, and Obama has sued four states for trying to enforce federal immigration laws he won't enforce, what will the President do to a California law that exempts California from federal immigration law?

California is also near fulfilling the environmentalist dream of deindustrialization.

After driving out the old industrial base (auto and airplane assembly, for example), air and water regulators and tax policies are now driving out the high-tech, biotech and even Internet-based companies that were supposed to be California's future.

The California cap-and-trade tax on business in the name of reducing CO2 makes our state the leader in wacky environmentalism and guarantees a further job exodus from the state.

Even green energy companies can't do business in California. Solyndra went under, taking its taxpayer loan guarantee with it.

No job is too small to escape the regulators. The state has even banned weekend amateur gold miners from the historic gold mining streams in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

In fact, more and more of California's public land is off-limits to recreation by the people who paid for that land. Unless you're illegal. Then you can clear the land, set up marijuana plantations at will, bring in fertilizers that legal farmers can no longer use, exploit illegal farm workers who live in hovels with no running water or sanitation, and protect your investment with armed illegals carrying guns no California citizen is allowed to own.

The rest of us only found out about these plantations when the workers' open campfire started one of those devastating fires that have killed hundreds of people and burned out thousands of homes in California over the last decade.

It was said after California's Proposition 13 in 1978 cut property tax rates and was copied in other states, that whatever happened in California would soon happen in your state.

You'd better hope that's wrong.

Roger Hedgecock
Former mayor of San Diego