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Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea’s he won’t like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


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June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea's he won't like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The ‘Scott Brown Effect’ works on the GOP also……..

The Dog reminded people that newly minted Senator Brown comes from a solid ly Democratic state…so it was no surprise when the Dog heard that he was in favor of the second Stimulus Bill coming…the so-called ‘Jobs’ Bill……turns out Sen. Brown put his fellow Republicans ina tough spot…whilke they have been steeling themselves against anything with the Presidents fingerprints on it……Brown informed anyone who would listen that he a practical man…and with him ever mindful og the fact that will have to run for his spot in two years…..Hell yea…he was a ‘Jobs ‘ Bill……..

The GOP woke up to the fact ever GOP Governor took the money from the first Stimulus Bill…and they were actually asking for more money from this one…….

End of story……..The Bill will pass……so much for ideology…..

Here’s the New York Times piece……

Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together to a remarkable degree in an effort to thwart President Obama’s agenda.


The 62-to-30 vote — two more yeses than the minimum required to get past a procedural roadblock — cleared the way for the Senate to vote Wednesday to approve the measure, which Democrats said would create tens of thousands of new jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is hovering near double digits and is expected to remain high for years to come. But it is not clear whether the House, which has backed a broader approach, will go along without making substantial changes.

With the midterm elections already revving up and the parties facing deep ideological divides over a host of issues, there was no evidence that Monday’s vote was the beginning of a trend. But after being repeatedly stymied by Republicans on a series of initiatives and nominations over the past months, Democrats were elated with the outcome and expressed gratitude to Republicans who sided with them in cutting off a potential filibuster.

“Today, jobs triumphed over politics,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California.

Senator Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican from Massachusetts, was the first member of his party to cast his vote for the measure. He was followed by Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, who voted after it became evident that Democrats would prevail. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote no.

Mr. Brown, breaking with his party’s leadership on one of his first high-profile votes, said he backed the measure grudgingly, since even its sponsors acknowledged its limited scope.

“It is the first step in creating jobs, not only for the people of Massachusetts but for the people of the country,” said Mr. Brown, who said he intended to pursue other proposals, like an across-the-board cut in payroll taxes.

The bill was drafted by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Majority Leader, and is built around an approach that has won bipartisan support in the past: a $13 billion plan to give companies who hire unemployed Americans an exemption from paying payroll taxes on those workers through the end of this year. It also provides a $1,000 tax credit to employers who keep new workers on the payroll for at least for 52 weeks.

Harry Reid is on a roll folks…..first this…then he’s gonna get Healthcare done…..The Dog has said that the Majority Leader, who is 73 years old… still has a lot of fight still left in him……..

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The 'Scott Brown Effect' works on the GOP also……..

The Dog reminded people that newly minted Senator Brown comes from a solid ly Democratic state…so it was no surprise when the Dog heard that he was in favor of the second Stimulus Bill coming…the so-called ‘Jobs’ Bill……turns out Sen. Brown put his fellow Republicans ina tough spot…whilke they have been steeling themselves against anything with the Presidents fingerprints on it……Brown informed anyone who would listen that he a practical man…and with him ever mindful og the fact that will have to run for his spot in two years…..Hell yea…he was a ‘Jobs ‘ Bill……..

The GOP woke up to the fact ever GOP Governor took the money from the first Stimulus Bill…and they were actually asking for more money from this one…….

End of story……..The Bill will pass……so much for ideology…..

Here’s the New York Times piece……

Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together to a remarkable degree in an effort to thwart President Obama’s agenda.


The 62-to-30 vote — two more yeses than the minimum required to get past a procedural roadblock — cleared the way for the Senate to vote Wednesday to approve the measure, which Democrats said would create tens of thousands of new jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is hovering near double digits and is expected to remain high for years to come. But it is not clear whether the House, which has backed a broader approach, will go along without making substantial changes.

With the midterm elections already revving up and the parties facing deep ideological divides over a host of issues, there was no evidence that Monday’s vote was the beginning of a trend. But after being repeatedly stymied by Republicans on a series of initiatives and nominations over the past months, Democrats were elated with the outcome and expressed gratitude to Republicans who sided with them in cutting off a potential filibuster.

“Today, jobs triumphed over politics,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California.

Senator Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican from Massachusetts, was the first member of his party to cast his vote for the measure. He was followed by Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, who voted after it became evident that Democrats would prevail. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote no.

Mr. Brown, breaking with his party’s leadership on one of his first high-profile votes, said he backed the measure grudgingly, since even its sponsors acknowledged its limited scope.

“It is the first step in creating jobs, not only for the people of Massachusetts but for the people of the country,” said Mr. Brown, who said he intended to pursue other proposals, like an across-the-board cut in payroll taxes.

The bill was drafted by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Majority Leader, and is built around an approach that has won bipartisan support in the past: a $13 billion plan to give companies who hire unemployed Americans an exemption from paying payroll taxes on those workers through the end of this year. It also provides a $1,000 tax credit to employers who keep new workers on the payroll for at least for 52 weeks.

Harry Reid is on a roll folks…..first this…then he’s gonna get Healthcare done…..The Dog has said that the Majority Leader, who is 73 years old… still has a lot of fight still left in him……..

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Administration rolls out a $3.8 Trillion Budget……..

obamabudget

President Barack Obama proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 that will add fuel to the debate over the size and scope of government. The plan includes big increases in personal and business taxes, modest spending cuts and increased outlays for education, defense and jobs initiatives.

In the days leading up to Monday’s release, the Obama administration has focused on proposals to cap so-called discretionary spending, roughly 17% of the total budget, as part of a plan to narrow the record $1.6 trillion gap between proposed budget outlays and tax receipts. But the budget plan calls for nearly $1 trillion in tax increases on upper-income families—largely by allowing Bush tax cuts to expire. Banks, bankers and multinational corporations would face new fees and levies. And oil companies would lose $39 billion in tax breaks.

Overall, Mr. Obama’s budget plan would shrink the current deficit to $727 billion, or 4.2% of the gross domestic product, by 2013. But if annual deficits shrink, the total federal debt will keep growing. In all, the president’s budget would add $8.5 trillion to the federal debt through 2020, pushing the debt as a percentage of GDP to 77% from 53%.

To hold the government to 77%, the president must rely on politically painful choices, including cuts to some domestic programs and large tax increases as the tax cuts of George W. Bush expire at year end. In that sense, the president is showing voters the choices they face to maintain the government they have.

In his budget message, the president narrowed the sweeping message of his first budget to a single issue: jobs. “Until our businesses are hiring again and jobs are being created to replace those we have lost—until America is back at work—my administration will not rest and this recovery will not be finished,” he wrote.

The Dog reminds everyone that Budgets are political doucuments……as such this one addresses one issue….Jobs…..Merlin was right on this ….

And the race for 2010 and 2012 is on!…….

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 7 Comments

Immigration legislation is going to have to deal with 10.2% unemployment….

The House democrats are working behind the scene to come up with legislation that will be agreeable to its members in the spring when the White House plans to push for the passage of an immigration bill…..but, the high unemployment rate will give the right ammunition to counter the presidents wish to have a way for the 12 to 14 million long time illegals to become citizens…..

All parties must also take into account that there are certain industries that still need the help of immigrants to do business….this is even more important now with the Homeland Security Agencies push to go after businesses  that don’t check for [proper ID from its workers…..

 

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics, The Economy | , , , , | 4 Comments

Look who's hiring from CNN…..different cities around the country…and companies…job search…

CNN does a service, and lists cities and jobs that are available…..Their job search claims to have listed 110,347 new jobs when I did this post…….

November 10, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, The Economy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Look who’s hiring from CNN…..different cities around the country…and companies…job search…

CNN does a service, and lists cities and jobs that are available…..Their job search claims to have listed 110,347 new jobs when I did this post…….

November 10, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, The Economy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unemployment rises to 10.2%……

While this number is .3% points higher than economists thought it would be…the underlying figures for all of the other economic indicators show that the country is indeed out of the deep recession and very slowly getting better…payroll data and other surveys indicate that employer’s are getting more productivity out the workers currently on the job, while other employers are simply going to wait for things to pick up more (all of this is the typical lag in increased employment, coming out of a economic downturn cycle)….retailers hiring for the holidays will wait until the last few weeks before hiring instead the traditional after Thanksgiving start days…..

Note:…..The stock market has taken the news instride…..remaining above 10,000 points….

Market Summary

At 2:03 PM ET: The major stock indexes are higher today with the S.&P. 500 index gaining 0.14%. Although breadth on the NYSE does not favor either advancing stocks or declining stocks, both small caps and large caps are rallying. Among individual stocks, the top percentage gainers in the S.&P. 500 are International Game Technology and NVIDIA Corporation

…from the NY Times………

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Politics, The Economy | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Market climbs back over 10,000 points……

The New York Stock Exchange’s Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 192 points today to close back over 10,000 at 10,005.96……while thew market lost over 250 points in the last week and half …it is staying within a 200 to 3o0 point range these days….…

The reason for todays boost was the release of good news on jobs…and worker productivity….while this news was good for the market…it is a warning that employer’s are getting more out the workers they have, which in turn should mean that some jobs are not going to come back….…in addition, retailers are beginning to make more sales (the second month in a row) and they hope to have a good holiday season….

All in all….This day is an example of the fact that the country’s economy is growing slowly…even though most people don’t really feel it….

 

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Politics, The Economy | , , , , , | Leave a comment