Obama’s Wars *** Weigh In

IMG_3815I know everyone today will be talking about Mr. Obama’s speech at West Point laying out his future approach to terrorism and America’s place in the world. This piece is not about that. It’s about President Obama’s Wars.

First, it’s so ironic to call them Obama’s wars, since he didn’t start them, wasn’t involved in their strategy. They were handed to him when he came in to office in 2009. Now, it was no surprise to him that this is what he was inheriting and this is what he campaigned for.

The other day President Obama laid out a time line of withdrawal from Afghanistan. He was immediately criticized by Senators McCain and Graham. Now the 2 of them do bring up good points about setting a date certain for withdrawal and how that is not the optimal way of ending a war. It should be more about ‘conditions on the ground.” Whereas that’s a nice sentiment it’s completely unrealistic.

The GOP hawks have criticized Obama to no end about the way he removed our troops from Iraq and how there is a Civil War going on there now and al Qaeda has captured land the U.S. Military fought and died to liberate. As I have mentioned before, that disgusts me. That our soldiers lost their lives and now Qaeda flags fly there.

What everyone is missing is that ‘conditions on the ground’ will never be good enough for us to leave. The McCain’s of the world say we should have left 10 or 20K troops there. Nice thought but, that would not have been enough to fight off al Qaeda, since the 200k troop force we had there didn’t fight them off.

The same goes for Afghanistan. The conditions will never be right for us to leave. We need to understand we weren’t there to remake their Country. We tried and it didn’t work. Our mission there was to decimate the al Qaeda group that attacked us on 9/11. Between Presidents Bush and Obama that goal was accomplished. We should have drawn down years ago.

In Afghanistan we are in a no win situation. Since the ‘core’ Qaeda was mostly decimated every terror group calls themselves affiliates of al Qaeda. President Obama was correct when he said that now it is time for the Afghans to set their own  future. It’s time for them to protect themselves and time for Americans to come home.

This might be pie in the sky dreaming, but I wish George W. Bush would come out and applaud what Mr. Obama has decided to do. I also wish he would have had his back over the NSA spying scandal.

Whether you are an American citizen, a past president, me, we should all have the same goal. Keeping the United States of America safe and the best place on earth!

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It’s All About The Numbers Math ** How To Create A Better America

1382907_10151688597293030_1260643780_nWhen I look around at what is going on in our Country today the problem and the fix are both very easy. It’s all about math, the numbers and how much money our government has to pay for things.

I was reading about LBJ on the 50th anniversary of his creating the ‘The Great Society.’ One of the things one of the articles said was that the government had surpluses and wanted to use them to help the people.

Today our government has no money to do anything. Why? Because a while back we decided that government money should be returned to the people and not used for strong future growth. The government doesn’t have the money to invest in America’s future. This is a tragedy since the future is exactly what we should be and should have been focusing on. The United States of America is the best Country on earth but we have totally neglected it for the past 40 years and today we are seeing the decline happening. Our students are no longer tops in the world; our life expectancy is not the greatest in the world; our infrastructure is compared to third world countries. This is a disgrace.

For all of those out there not wanting government to get bigger, you are misguided; it has nothing to do with the size of government. For those that think ACA ObamaCare is the government taking control of healthcare you couldn’t be more wrong. With ACA you are working with private insurance companies, not the government.

Getting back to the math. Getting back to the government having more money to invest in the upkeep and future of this country it boils down to a simple fact. We need more money in the government. How do we achieve that? Lots of ways. First, change the tax code so wealthier people pay higher taxes. That’s the way it always has been and that’s what we need to go back to. Also, closing loopholes that rob the government of even more money. More importantly, we need a massive jobs creation bill that will not only create jobs for the some 92Million unemployed but will bring in tremendous amounts of revenue when those people are paying taxes.

An investment now is what we need to save the Country. Yes, it might cost $2 or $3 trillion dollars, but those amounts will pay for themselves over time. We should have a short term goal and a long term goal. Short term, get people back to work and part of society. This not only brings in more tax revenue and takes people off of government assistance it also will make our Country better.

There are so many things we should be investing in but aren’t. Bullet Trains, fixing and upgrading our infrastructure to 22nd Century technology. Our education system is in serious trouble and that should be addressed and fixed immediately. When we look to the future we want those young people to be able to keep this Country the best in the world. Education can make that happen.

Our longterm goal should be reducing and eliminating our Country’s debt. We should always keep it in mind, but today it is not the top priority. By putting people back to work, changing the tax code, we can do a tremendous amount to lower the long term debt. We don’t want to do this by gutting everything (teachers, police, firefighters, fixing infrastructure) we want to do it by creating higher paying jobs that will lead to more revenue coming into the government.

The tax codes that give breaks to U.S. companies to hire workers out of the Country needs to be changed and stopped. The tax loopholes that let Billionaires hide money overseas to save on taxes needs to end.

Our government needs more money to keep this Country the best of the best.

I personally would like to know why Congress, POTUS and SCOTUS don’t believe what I believe.

And When The Country Was Falling Apart Betsy Ross Got It All Sewed Up

photoAnd then there’s Maude! What a fun show that was for me as a little kid to watch. The loud mouthed nemesis to Archie Bunker!

But, our Country is falling apart now much more so then it was back in the 1970s. Income inequality is the most severe it’s ever been. More than the Gilded Age. There are so many things going wrong today and no one in our government is even remotely seriously trying to fix any of it.

There are some 95 million people unemployed in our country today. Some are retirees, some are students. But the vast majority, according to the Wall Street Journal are eligible for work and looking for a job. That is a catastrophe.

Our unemployment rate is completely inaccurate. No one is lying or cooking the books, the government just has no way of knowing who is ‘actively looking’ for a job or someone who has given up. The unemployment rate went way down this month. Why? Because over 800,000 people in April were so discouraged they stopped looking for work. That 800K figure wipes out all of the new jobs created for the entire year. Why is this not taken seriously? The consequences of this will have dire longterm effects on our country and we shouldn’t be surprised when the government is overwhelmed by people needing money for food.

What’s even more disturbing is the Supreme Court. Are they American citizens? Do they have the best interests of the American people on their minds? It’s seriously hard to tell.

They approved of prayer in government meetings. Prayer that is almost completely Christian. Is our country not based on the separation of church and state? This decision is completely unacceptable. If you want to pray, go to church, synagogue or mosque not at a government meeting. This ruling take the U.S.A. one step closer to becoming a larger Iran.

Citizens United? Why don’t we just say it? The rich can buy elections and control the country. We don’t live in a democracy, we live in an Oligarchy. This is NOT what our Founding Fathers wanted for this country. I think if they were alive now they would be appalled at what goes on in this so called democracy.

Lady Godiva was a freedom rider, she didn’t care if the whole world watched….

photo copyrighted the SRG Foundation.