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  • Graham: Kasich 'not ready' for presidency

    08/29/2015 10:20:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 - 10:00 AM EDT | Rebecca Shabad
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich is “not ready to be Commander in Chief” because of his stance on spending cuts for the U.S. military, GOP presidential rival Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told New Hampshire voters Friday. “John Kasich is a good friend of mine,” Graham said, according to Time , before adding, “He said he has no problem with sequestration.” Graham told voters that sequestration hurts U.S. national security. “As the enemy increases in its ability, our approach is to disarm,” Graham said. “If the next president doesn’t understand that the cuts are killing us, in terms of defending ourselves, you’re...
  • GOP weighs increase in war funds to skirt Pentagon limits

    03/16/2015 6:39:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2015 7:51 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Republicans are considering adding tens of billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s request for overseas military operations in an effort to get around tight limits on Pentagon spending. The move comes as Republicans are set to unveil their latest budget plan. Obama requested $51 billion for Pentagon operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, but GOP aides said Monday party leaders are weighing figures above $90 billion—enough to surpass Obama’s proposal to spend $38 billion above the limits for the budget year beginning in October. GOP defense hawks have promised not to support any budget that doesn’t at least...
  • McSally: Sequestration harming defense capabilities. Army has 'East Coast' focus

    03/11/2015 9:01:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — The United States is in danger from both national politics and international issues, Republican congresswoman Martha McSally said Monday night. Speaking at the Fort Huachuca 50 dinner, attended by more than 60, the first-term Congresswoman said that if sequestration continues as part of the national budgeting process, America’s defense capabilities will be reduced, opening an avenue for international threats, such as ISIS, McSally said. “We have sequestration causing us to shrink our defense budget,” she said. “A state sponsor of terrorism in Iran, Russia continues to invades its neighbors and ISIS, the most barbaric organization I’ve seen...
  • Obama: Federal government not big enough; will increase budget by 7% next year

    01/16/2015 7:00:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2015 | Rick Moran
    President Obama wants to toss the sequestration agreement he made with Republcians in 2011 and is proposing an increase of at least $68 billion in the FY 2016 budget. As imperfect as it is, sequestration has been partly successful in reigning in government spending. It could have worked better if Congress wasn't always carving out exemptions. But there's no doubt that there are tens of billions of dollars that would have been spent without it. With tax receipts at an all time high, rather than applying that money to reducing the deficit, the president - as every Democratic president...
  • 1 million tons of pressurised CO2 stored beneath Decatur, Illinois

    01/14/2015 8:44:01 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 86 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 14JAN2015 | Eric Worrall
    7000 ft below the city of Decatur, Illinois, population 74,710 people, is a high pressure reservoir which contains 1 million tons of CO2. From the press release: "One of the largest carbon sequestration projects in the U.S., the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) has reached its goal of capturing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injecting it deep underground in the Mount Simon Sandstone formation beneath Decatur, Illinois. The project is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon capture and storage. IBDP director Robert Finley talked about the million-ton milestone with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • The GOP Caused the Ebola Outbreak?

    10/15/2014 9:59:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/15/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    Sequestration responsible for slowing the increase in the federal government's massive deficit spending remains the leftist bogeyman As the American public has begun to grasp the massive ineptitude behind the Obama administration’s response to Ebola, a leftist non-profit, the Agenda Project Action Fund (APAF), has sprung to the rescue. An ad campaign entitled “Republican Cuts Kill” features several prominent Republicans, and implies that budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are responsible for the current Ebola outbreak—all over the world. “Like rabid dogs in a butcher shop, Republicans have indiscriminately shredded everything...
  • Politicizing a Plague

    10/15/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/15/14 | Alan Caruba
    Democratic Party advertisement even claimed that the Ebola threat is due to Republican cuts in funding of healthcare research If President Obama does not want the Ebola virus to kill Americans, why has his administration done nothing to restrict any flights from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the hot spots in Africa where it appears the virus is spreading? One of the reason flights from Liberia were not stopped, we have been told, was the historical link of the U.S. with that nation, founded as a place freed slaves could migrate. That is no excuse in the face of the...
  • Boeing: U.S. to stop ordering fighter jets in near future

    09/24/2014 7:55:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/24/14 | Dan Calabrese
    Because we're not relying on air power for anything, right? Not that we really expect rational thinking from the Obama White House, but you’d think President Air Power Only would put a high premium on the procurement of fighter jets, yes? You’d think that, but according to one of the leading manufacturers of said fighter jets, you’d be wrong. Boeing tells Fox News it doesn’t expect to be making many fighter jets - perhaps not any - in the near future: The shift comes despite the Navy’s ongoing use of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to strike Islamic militants in Iraq...
  • The total number of federal jobs lost to sequestration? That would be… one.

    05/08/2014 6:55:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    After Congress approved and President Obama subsequently signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011 — complete with the provision that automatic spending cuts that came to be known as sequestration would kick in on March 1st, 2013 if the so-called “super commitee” failed to come up with more specific deficit reduction measures — we were treated to all kinds of warnings about how absolutely necessary it was that Congress learn to cooperate, because sequestration would be beyond devastating. Teachers and firefighters would start receiving pink slips; TSA lines at airports would grow to prohibitive lengths; the White House...
  • The U.S. Cut Military Spending in 2013, While These Two Global Powers Did the Opposite

    04/23/2014 6:26:00 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Global military spending dropped by nearly two percent in 2013, led by the United States which dropped it’s spending by 7.8 percent. By contrast, the military industrial complexes in Russia and China are bustling; seeing a 4.8 and 7.4 percent increase, respectively. "For the first time since 2003, Russia spent a larger percentage of it’s Gross Domestic Product on military expenses than the United States… " The U.S. dropped spending from roughly $690 Billion in 2012, to $640 Billion in 2013, shrinking to 3.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The reduction is noted in real terms, which means the...
  • World’s largest airship set to take off with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson at the helm

    04/18/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 64 replies
    National Post [Canada] / The Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2014 | Neil Tweedie
    ....“The technological problems with airships that have stopped them ruling the skies have been gradually ticked off,” says Mr. Durham, technical director of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which makes the Airlander.” Advances in materials, avionics and aerodynamic design mean that we have overcome the lion’s share of these obstacles. This craft is part airship, part aircraft and part hovercraft. We have taken the best aspects of each machine and combined them in one hyper-efficient vehicle. Let me tell you, this isn’t the Hindenburg.”... A future design called Airlander 50 will lift 50 tons of cargo, five times more than a...
  • China ups military spend by 12 percent. Are the gloves coming off?

    03/05/2014 3:36:37 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5 March 14 | Peter Ford
    China plans to spend $132 billion on its military as it asserts its maritime interests, putting it at odds with the US military preeminence in the Pacific. China made headlines today with its annual military budget, up 12.2 percent to $132 billion dollars this year. That's about one quarter of the $495 billion military budget that President Obama presented to Congress yesterday. Predictably, official commentary here stresses that China is a peace-loving nation with no aggressive intentions. But Beijing has also signaled its ambitions to be the power that holds the ring in the western Pacific, and those ambitions have...
  • Obama's Army Only 85% Ready To Fight

    02/03/2014 9:58:40 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Budget cuts, sequestration and indifference to maintaining what was once "the arsenal of democracy" have led to units that are not deployment-ready and soldiers with weapons their grandfathers could have used. The standing ovation given at the State of the Union to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, seriously wounded in an Afghan war that his commander in chief did not believe was winnable, was well deserved. It also served as a tribute to all the heroes we send into battle, particularly under rules of engagement that often make the proverbial "one hand tied behind your back" a preferable option....
  • Probe Finds White House Wanted to Make Sequestration as ‘Painful as Possible’ for Rural Schools

    01/14/2014 7:36:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 75 replies
    pj media ^ | 1/14/14 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON — A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department. The committee’s report released today, “A Less Secure Future for Rural Schools: An Investigation into the Obama Administration’s Questionable Application of the Sequester to the Secure Rural Schools Program,” detailed how last February the USDA had determined 2013 sequestration wouldn’t apply to 2012 funds that had already been distributed in the program. The White House stepped in and overruled the USDA, though both...
  • Murray: Compromise was necessary on military pension cuts (Disabled Veterans are cut)

    12/18/2013 5:43:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 18 Dec 13 | CNN's Dana Davidsen
    (CNN) – Sen. Patty Murray, co-crafter of the bipartisan budget agreement and member of the veterans affair committee, said Wednesday cuts to pension benefits for some military veterans under the spending plan was a part of a compromise to avoid billions in cuts to the defense industry. "We had to look at how we could find compromises. There are things in this I like and there are things in this I don't like," the Senate Budget Committee chair and Democrat from Washington State said in an interview on CNN's "New Day." "But at the end of the day, if we...
  • Senators fight cuts to veteran benefits ahead of key budget test vote

    12/17/2013 6:11:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    AP and Fox News ^ | 17 Dec 13 | AP Staff
    <p>Republican senators were making a last-ditch bid to undo cuts to military retiree benefits in the House-passed budget deal ahead of a crucial vote Tuesday morning in the Senate.</p> <p>Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions filed an amendment late Monday to restore money that was cut from veteran and military retiree pension benefits by closing a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for child tax credits.</p>
  • Congress double-crosses military retirees

    12/14/2013 3:25:15 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | 13 Dec 13 | Rebekah Sanderlin
    <p>Editor's note: Rebekah Sanderlin is an Army wife, Military Spouse of the Year finalist, and a writer who focuses on military issues. She, her husband and their three children are stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. She is an advisory board member of the Military Family Advisory Network.</p>
  • Military retirees outraged Congress voting to trim pensions

    12/13/2013 8:51:52 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12 Dec 13 | Staff writer
    Military retirees are outraged over a provision in the two-year budget deal working its way through Congress that would, if passed, cut the one percent cost of living raises of non-disabled retirees under 62 years of age, CNN Money reported Thursday. A coalition of some 27 groups wrote President Obama and congressional leaders expressing their "strong objection" and "grave concern" over the deal. The problem, CNN Money explained, is that most military retirees are much younger than private sector retirees. "They enlist in their 20's and retire in their 40's. Very few stay on till they are 62 --...
  • BOHICA Act of 2013

    12/11/2013 8:00:53 AM PST · by xzins · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | December 11th, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration. Hell, that was a month ago. Amazing how much can change in a month. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for — spending restraint. “Don’t worry,” Paul Ryan says with his boyish charm designed to induce sweats and heart palpitations among conservatives, “it’s only a little less restrained.” The budget deal puts discretionary spending over $1 trillion, which...