On Valentine’s Day: A moving reminder that we can’t forget the troops in harm’s way

On this Valentine’s Day, we should remember the Bible passage from John:

Greater LOVE hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. — John 15:13

There is no greater love than to be willing to die for your friends.  These men live in that willingness every single day.

From Michael Yon’s Facebook and web pages: 

A crew from the United States Air Force spent Saturday night and Sunday morning airlifting different groups of wounded soldiers from Kandahar to Camp Bastion to Bagram, back to Kandahar, then back to Bagram, and back to Kandahar. These patients were from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Here, an Air Force nurse caresses the head of a wounded, unconscious Canadian soldier while whispering into his ear. (Source: Michael Yon)

Yon also writes:

The War in Afghanistan has truly begun. This will be a long, difficult fight that is set to eclipse anything we’ve seen in Iraq. As 2010 unfolds, my 6th year of war coverage will unfold with it. There is relatively little interest in Afghanistan by comparison to previous interest in Iraq, and so reader interest is low. Afghanistan is serious, very deadly business. Like Iraq, however, it gets pushed around as a political brawling pit while the people fighting the war are mostly forgotten. The arguments at home seem more likely to revolve around a few words from the President than the ground realities of combat here.

It is so important to remember we still have thousands of fighting men and women in harm’s way.  It is important to rid the world of these backwards, radical terrorists.

I am thankful that the Obama administration has chosen to continue bringing the fight to the Taliban in Afghanistan. 

God Bless our troops and those from other countries fighting for the cause of Freedom.


Quote of the Day – Mark Steyn

Few can express a view quite like Mark Steyn. (Read his whole piece on the clash of Islam and the West):

Barack Obama has spent the last year doing bigtime Islamoschmoozing, from his announcement of Gitmo’s closure and his investigation of Bush officials to his bow before the Saudi King and a speech in Cairo to “the Muslim world” with far too many rhetorical concessions and equivocations. And at the end of it, the jihad sent America a thank-you note by way of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s underwear: Hey, thanks for all the outreach! But we’re still gonna kill you…..

……Last November [2008], the electorate voted in effect to repudiate the previous eight years and seemed genuinely under the delusion that wars end when one side decides it’s all a bit of a bore and they’d rather the government spend the next eight years doing to health care and the economy what they were previously doing to jihadist camps in Waziristan.

“This is a fighting year”

A couple of posts ago I wrote about how this year should be a turning point for America…in one way or another.

Something tells me 2010 will be a turning point for this country…one way or the other. So we must stay vigilant against the forces trying to change our country into something it should not be and was never meant to be.

I believe that we will see an even stronger “tea party”-like rejection of the destruction the Left is bringing down upon our country or, conversely, we will see the anti-American policies of the Obama administration and the Democratic leadership accelerate its speed in rotting American culture, business, self-responsiblity, faith, and tradition.

I read a piece today from Pamela Geller at American Thinker outlining the coming decade as the “Jihad decade”. She makes good points about the American Left’s success in lying about and degrading President Bush and about their efforts over the years to thwart a defense against Islamic terror and jihad focused on Americans.

And while the Bush Doctrine (you are either with us or against us) was the right approach, the well dressed jihadists that Islamists like Grover Norquist ushered into the White House after 9/11 managed to sabotage the best strategy to fight Islamic jihad. The cowboy swagger set against the whole fantasy about the hijacking of Islam and the “religion of peace” nonsense was irreconcilable. It confused people. And it led to the marginalization and even dismissals of brave men and women who evaluated and exposed the jihadist ideology in our government agencies. ….

….Islam scholar Andrew Bostom observed that Couglin’s firing was symptomatic “of the intellectual and moral rot plaguing our efforts to combat global jihadism.”

In February 2009, former Bush administration official Douglas Feith told me that that kind of rot is systemic.

Geller correctly defends Bush’s intent on fighting Islamic jihad and terror….including the removal of Saddam Hussein. But she goes on to talk about a dangerous alliance that is not always so clear to see….and that is the Leftist/Islamist alliance.

And so the drip, drip, drip of jihad continued through the last decade. We became more paralyzed, impotent, and deceived. Meanwhile, the Leftist/Islamic alliance, a deadly marriage between the Democratic Party and their propaganda handmaidens in the mainstream media, engaged in daily beatings of Bush and his administration.

Removing Saddam Hussein was good. There is no way around that powerful truth. But why stop there? Removing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well would have been even better. But Bush lost his mojo in 2006. The relentless pounding by the Left, Israel’s halfhearted performance in the war with Hezb’allah in the summer of 2006, and the loss of the House and the Senate in November 2006 all contributed to the rout.

You would be hard-pressed to argue that the media was not complicit in the propaganda campaign against George Bush. The daily lies, half-truths, and accusations from the Left, propagated by the media, were a huge factor in diminishing Bush’s power and America’s reputation while building up the tenacity and boldness of our Islamic enemies.

Unlike Obama, Bush is a patriotic American. Bush was unapologetic about the greatness and kindness of America. Obama bows to foreigners and regularly speaks of America’s “faults”. Bush was raised in American culture….Obama’s background and upbringing is slightly, if that, more “American” than the terrorists he coddles.

Geller seems to indicate that despite his best intentions, one of Bush’s mistakes was his belief that you can reason with jihadists. I agree with her. The Islamic Jihadists who are our enemies are unlike most of our enemies past and present. They can not be reasoned with. They don’t seek the “protection” of their own people, but readily recruit them for jihadi death. They are not necessarily seeking an economic or other human advantage. Our Islamic enemies seek the death of Americans and the West….period.

But what really led to the downfall of Bush’s leadership was the falsity of his premise. He wanted to believe, like Condi and Powell and the soft diplomacy crowd, that Islam would negotiate with the West. Islam cannot negotiate. Yet still the West continues its pursuit of the impossible, despite great risk. This is a function of the Western mind. These people think it inconceivable that talk can’t solve anything and everything, that war is an indelible part of the human condition. But it is. War is as much in the makeup of man as sex, food, art, love, all of it.

And wars must be fought. They will not disappear, but we will.

Couple the radical Islamist efforts against the West with the Left’s anti-war stances and public square infiltration and a dangerous combination has culminated in electing as President– Geller’s words — “an icon of our mortal enemy”.

Of course, we know this. But the Left, our in-house enemy, demonizes any war that America chooses to fight. The egregious, horrible crimes of Mao, Stalin, bin Laden, Che, Lenin, Pol Pot, Ahmadinejad, et al, which are so heinous and so enormous, are in their terrible minds a historical footnote. They become cultural icons for the “radical chic.” Cold-blooded monsters have co-opted our country.

And so successful was the Left at infiltrating our government, schools, and institutions that eight years after the most heinous attack on American soil, we elected an icon of our mortal enemy. A Kenyan, Indonesian, third-worldish boulevardier with as much understanding of the American experience as any foreign national. Don’t call me a racist for calling him what he is — I am not interested in the color of his skin, but in the content of his character. His lack of experience in all relevant areas to the office of the president is breathtaking. And his bowing to Islam and our enemies worldwide is disastrous.

Bush’s premise was false, but Bush was a patriot. Bush loved America, and he protected America, even if he refused to see the enemy for who and what it was. It was no accident that America was safe for eight years post-9/11. Eight years of safety is cracking apart now under a weak and pro-Islamic president. The jihadi attacks on America in 2009 were staggering. And it has only just begun. Dismantling the Bush protections against jihad and launching attacks on Americans, bloggers, tea partiers, town hallers, patriots, and vets is incomprehensible — and if I hadn’t lived through it, I wouldn’t believe it possible.

While the state we find ourselves in is not entirely that simple, I think she makes a bold point about the Left’s efforts to overtake our Constitution and values coupled with Islamic jihadist hate of Americans.

What I believe needs to be made clear to each and every American this coming year is the Obama Administration and the Democrat’s disastrous policy list for this country. Many of us said it before the election, but it should be made clear (to those not drinking the “koolaid” and/or those wearing party blinders) that Obama’s intent for our country is counter to freedom, our Constitution, free markets, citizen welfare, and our traditions. Obama’s background mattered before the election (counter to what many argued) and it clearly matters now.

Geller says this (my emphasis):

I pray that America examines the Left decade and takes stock. It was the appeasement of the Left that destroyed the foundations of this country. We must rebuild them. The advancement of Islam would never have been possible — could never have happened — without our surrender to the Left. The real war is against the Leftist/Islamic alliance.

This is a fighting year.

Indeed it is…..are you ready???

Why the Left fears Sarah (and who can possibly relate to her?)

I just read an article at American Thinker about why the Left fears Sarah Palin…..and they do.

Sarah Palin has been persecuted by the Obama-loving media, the so-called print media, and left-wing attack groups since her arrival on the national stage last year.

From American Thinker, excerpts (my emphasis):

Have you ever seen so much hatred for, and vitriolic criticism of, someone who had only a brief stint on the national political stage? More than a year after the presidential election in which Sarah Palin, as the GOP nominee for Vice-President, campaigned for about three months, she is still being pilloried by the left-wing loons as though she had been elected and were actively engaged in dismantling the liberal establishment. Not a day goes by in which we don’t hear or read vicious attacks on a woman who represents the wholesome conservative values of Middle America — values that have been insidiously and incrementally eroded during the last few decades.

….What this country needs is a strong conservative leader with the courage of her convictions. Sensing those qualities in Sarah Palin, the liberal left is becoming frantic because they can’t seem to halt her popularity. The reason they’re panicking is because they’re afraid of her connection with regular folks who work for a living, pay their taxes, attend a religious worship service regularly, and believe that our country has lost the moral fiber that once united us.

……I could illustrate hundreds of other examples of rampant corruption by people in elective office. Pointing to government decay is the job of the free press. But are they hounding any of the power-hungry scoundrels that masquerade as symbols of decency and honor? No, they’re engaged in a continuous merciless attack on a woman who has led the way in the fight against the very corruption being overlooked by those who have become blinded by ideology.

Sarah Palin is a threat because she symbolizes decency in a country taken hostage by moral degenerates. If she isn’t stopped, this country might end up reclaiming some of the values that made us the envy of the world.

This is exactly what is happening in the attempts to bring Sarah Palin down.  

Frankly, I really don’t know if she could win the Presidency or if that is her desire.  What I do know is that her brand of conservatism and love of America is a threat to those who view America as evil and who apologize for America.  And I believe that she has a perspective unlike just about anyone else on the national stage right now. 

Sarah Palin embodies the experiences of a wide cross-section of Americans.  She is the exact opposite in her beliefs and experiences than what the liberals and media elites believe is “correct” in a popular politician.    She is pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-American, pro-Capitalist, pro-free market, pro-family, pro-national security, pro-Constitution, and a devout, unapologetic Christian.    And did I say she is wildly popular?  Her book*, Going Rogue, was an unprecedented best seller before it hit the shelves this week. 

Thus, you see the Left’s urgency in attempting to bring Sarah Palin down politically and personally.

My own personal opinion on her popularity and also the source of the vitriol from the Left is that Sarah Palin can relate to different aspects of many American lives…and vice versa. 

This is in stark contrast to many of the “professional politicians” leading our country who have attended elite schools, have made leaching from the government their life’s career, and are smothered in the snobbery of thinking they know better than everyday Americans.

Sarah Palin hits a chord with many different groups and types of Americans, thus the huge interest in her.  Many politicians and those in the public eye can voice opinions on issues such as conservation, outdoor sports, hunting, guns, abortion, motherhood, war, babies, special needs children, and more.  But few of those politicians and figures have ever truly experienced or embodied the actual values they espouse in those areas.  Or, at least, many don’t have the list of experiences in those areas that Sarah Palin possesses. 

What experiences and with whom does she seem to so naturally connect?

Average ordinary Americans – Sarah Palin wasn’t born with a silver spoon, she attended a “regular” college in Idaho, she married her high school sweetheart.  She wears a $35 wedding band. She eloped with Todd at the age of 23.  She grew up in the same manner as the vast majority of Americans  in a middle-income household with two parents who love her and taught her many of life’s lessons.  She didn’t attend Harvard or Yale, she didn’t need “affirmative action” to take the place of real credentials, and she didn’t set out to be a career politician.  She’s not a lawyer and she doesn’t have labor unions in her back pocket (or the other way around.)

Hunters, Outdoorsmen (and women), and True Conservationists –   Sarah Palin learned to hunt and respect the land she lived upon from a young age.  Where she was raised in the state of Alaska, many people engage in hunting and live with a respect for the balance between wildlife, land, resources, and human needs.   Like many older and rural Americans, Sarah Palin understood and has lived this balance long before the “green religion” was thrust upon us.  She is the complete opposite of the fat, meat-eating, jet-flying, carbon generating, false “green” prophet, hypocritical Al Gore. 

Gun Owners – Palin is an advocate of gun ownership.  She believes in, defends and exerts her Second Amendment rights.  She actually owns firearms…and she knows how to use them!  (Wonder how many of the anti-gun lobbyists and politicians have actually owned a gun, much less shot one?)

Mothers – Sarah Palin is the mother of five children.   Mothers, stay-at-home mothers, mothers of special-needs children, single mothers….all have a role model in Sarah Palin.  Mothers who’ve sent their sons off to war have a role model in Sarah Palin.   Mothers with teenage daughters can relate to Sarah Palin (especially those with daughters who have found themselves as unwed mothers at an early age).    Mothers relate to other mothers…especially those who have: remained married to the father (Todd), taken the responsibility for raising their own children, made parental mistakes, forgiven their children’s mistakes, and faced the ups and downs of parenthood with grace.  She has a happy, traditional family.  Unbeknownst to many liberals, that still resonates in America.

Men – Let’s face it.  Even aside from Palin’s experience, knowledge and “essence of ordinary” — she’s is considered hot!  (Of course, unfortunately, that can also work against her professionally)

Women – Educated and career-oriented women have a role model in Sarah Palin.   Young women can see the potential in themselves by studying the life and career of Sarah Palin.   Older women can respect the traditional life and values of Sarah Palin.   Self-made women can relate to and admire Sarah Palin since she went from  housewife to holding local office, to mayor, to governor to VP  of the USA candidate.  Doesn’t get much more “self-made” than that.

Pro-lifers – Sarah Palin, while faced with an unexpected pregnancy AND impending birth of a Down Syndrome baby, chose to keep the life that God created.  It probably wasn’t much of a “choice” since she believes all life is sacred, but it resonates BIG with those in America who also believe all life is sacred.    Sarah Palin also encouraged and supported her own unwed, teenage daughter to keep her child when she discovered the teenage pregnancy.

Parents of Special Needs children – Sarah and Todd Palin are the poster parents for embracing the love and special place that these children bring to a family.  These children are not mistakes and parents of these children know it experience God’s little blessing everyday.  These children bring many lessons, much love, patience, and enjoyment to the families for which they belong.   Parents of special needs children have a connection and bond that other parents do not.  And Sarah Palin has stated that one of her passions is elevating the understanding of and the place for these children in our world.

Americans with loved-ones in the military and fighting in the War on Terror – Sarah’s own son just returned earlier this year from a one-year tour in Iraq.  Sarah Palin proudly displays a blue star mother flag and lapel pin.  Patriotic, proud Americans with loved ones in the military know that Sarah Palin understands their plight like only those who’ve sent loved ones to the War Zone can.  Not only that, Sarah Palin is unabashed in your support and love for those who have chosen to serve our country….and it is sincere. 

The list is long and the areas I’ve mentioned are life areas and not particularly political or policy areas in and of themselves.  If you include Sarah Palin’s policy and professional experience you would have to list among those curious and intrigued by her as those involved in energy, security, local governing, state governing, and other business arenas.

All I can say is God Bless Sarah Palin and I hope she succeeds in promoting her Reaganesque conservatism to the masses …..in whatever form that may take.

(*I am awaiting the arrival of her book, Going  Rogue,  that I pre-ordered weeks ago on Amazon–can’t wait to read it.)

Professor Cheney slaps down the pre-schoolers that make up the Obama administration

I am watching Cheney’s speech this morning  as I write.  (I have already read the speech and encourage you to do the same!)

Cheney is correctly skewering the naive, anti-American, and ignorant policies of the Obama administration on the War on Terror and advanced enhanced interrogation techniques.

It is so refreshing to finally hear a rebuttal to the appeasing, anti-American rhetoric of Obama….Have I said lately how sick I am of Obama and his anti-American stances? 

 I just heard a clip of Obama’s speech.  With his defensive and arrogant face on today, he had the gall to say “he inherited this mess” and his administration is “forced to deal with it”.  Obama is mad because his own party dissed him in not allocating funds for the Gitmo closure…so he is throwing his tantrum today in this speech and in saying he will release terrorists into the US, among other things.  (Something Americans in big numbers are wholeheartedly against)

Never mind that the Obama’s “inherited” meme gets old after a while….especially when you consider that Obama ran for office….nobody forced him to do so.  This isn’t just about him, but he acquired, as all Presidents do, the responsibility to protect this country and work with whatever situation he acquired….get over it.

Speaking of narcissism and egotism, my mom watched Obama’s full speech this morning (something I chose not to do) and she counted the words “I” or “my” were spoken 143 times in his speech…and she herself admitted she probably missed a few!

I just counted the words “I” and “me” in Cheney’s speech…. just over 30 times were those words used! 

Some truthful and clear words from Cheney:

In my long experience in Washington, few matters have inspired so much contrived indignation and phony moralizing as the interrogation methods applied to a few captured terrorists.  I might add that people who consistently distort the truth in this way are in no position to lecture anyone about “values.” Intelligence officers of the United States were not trying to rough up some terrorists simply to avenge the dead of 9/11. We know the difference in this country between justice and vengeance.

The administration seems to pride itself on searching for some kind of middle ground in policies addressing terrorism. ….Triangulation is a political strategy, not a national security strategy. When just a single clue that goes unlearned … one lead that goes unpursued … can bring on catastrophe – it’s no time for splitting differences. There is never a good time to compromise when the lives and safety of the American people are in the balance.
(Big applause for Cheney when he said this last line!)

And when you hear that there are no more, quote, “enemy combatants,” as there were back in the days of that scary war on terror, at first that sounds like progress. The only problem is that the phrase is gone, but the same assortment of killers and would-be mass murderers are still there. And finding some less judgmental or more pleasant-sounding name for terrorists doesn’t change what they are – or what they would do if we let them loose.

The administration has found that it’s easy to receive applause in Europe for closing Guantanamo. But it’s tricky to come up with an alternative that will serve the interests of justice and America’s national security. Keep in mind that these are hardened terrorists picked up overseas since 9/11. The ones that were considered low-risk were released a long time ago.

Another term out there that slipped into the discussion is the notion that American interrogation practices were a “recruitment tool” for the enemy. On this theory, by the tough questioning of killers, we have supposedly fallen short of our own values. This recruitment-tool theory has become something of a mantra lately, including from the President himself. And after a familiar fashion, it excuses the violent and blames America for the evil that others do. It’s another version of that same old refrain from the Left, “We brought it on ourselves.”

Those last two sentences just above are classic Obamism.

And to call this a program of torture is to libel the dedicated professionals who have saved American lives, and to cast terrorists and murderers as innocent victims. What’s more, to completely rule out enhanced interrogation methods in the future is unwise in the extreme. It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness, and would make the American people less safe.

If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field. And when they see the American government caught up in arguments about interrogations, or whether foreign terrorists have constitutional rights, they don’t stand back in awe of our legal system and wonder whether they had misjudged us all along. Instead the terrorists see just what they were hoping for – our unity gone, our resolve shaken, our leaders distracted. In short, they see weakness and opportunity.

This just gets better:

This might explain why President Obama has reserved unto himself the right to order the use of enhanced interrogation should he deem it appropriate. What value remains to that authority is debatable, given that the enemy now knows exactly what interrogation methods to train against, and which ones not to worry about. Yet having reserved for himself the authority to order enhanced interrogation after an emergency, you would think that President Obama would be less disdainful of what his predecessor authorized after 9/11. It’s almost gone unnoticed that the president has retained the power to order the same methods in the same circumstances. When they talk about interrogations, he and his administration speak as if they have resolved some great moral dilemma in how to extract critical information from terrorists. Instead they have put the decision off, while assigning a presumption of moral superiority to any decision they make in the future.

And on the decisions made by the Bush Administration:

To put things in perspective, suppose that on the evening of 9/11, President Bush and I had promised that for as long as we held office – which was to be another 2,689 days – there would never be another terrorist attack inside this country. Talk about hubris – it would have seemed a rash and irresponsible thing to say. People would have doubted that we even understood the enormity of what had just happened. Everyone had a very bad feeling about all of this, and felt certain that the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville were only the beginning of the violence.

Of course, we made no such promise. Instead, we promised an all-out effort to protect this country. We said we would marshal all elements of our nation’s power to fight this war and to win it. We said we would never forget what had happened on 9/11, even if the day came when many others did forget. We spoke of a war that would “include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success.” We followed through on all of this, and we stayed true to our word.

To the very end of our administration, we kept al-Qaeda terrorists busy with other problems. We focused on getting their secrets, instead of sharing ours with them. And on our watch, they never hit this country again. After the most lethal and devastating terrorist attack ever, seven and a half years without a repeat is not a record to be rebuked and scorned, much less criminalized. It is a record to be continued until the danger has passed.

AMEN a thousand times over!

And now for words you will NEVER hear out of Obama’s mouth:

For all that we’ve lost in this conflict, the United States has never lost its moral bearings. And when the moral reckoning turns to the men known as high-value terrorists, I can assure you they were neither innocent nor victims. As for those who asked them questions and got answers: they did the right thing, they made our country safer, and a lot of Americans are alive today because of them.

Like so many others who serve America, they are not the kind to insist on a thank-you. But I will always be grateful to each one of them, and proud to have served with them for a time in the same cause. They, and so many others, have given honorable service to our country through all the difficulties and all the dangers. I will always admire them and wish them well. And I am confident that this nation will never take their work, their dedication, or their achievements, for granted.

Thank you very much.


Liz Cheney smacks down MSNBC babe with the TRUTH about so-called “torture”

I have always thought that more defenders of waterboarding and the CIA should talk about the fact that waterboarding is performed on most of our military members in survival training….we don’t “torture” our own military members….Waterboarding IS NOT TORTURE.

Liz Cheney on MSNBC talks about that and clearly lays out the process and the decisions made in waterboarding KSM and others in order to gain info and save American lives.

Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC gets smacked straight in the face with TRUTH with counters to her false assumptions….great job Liz Cheney.

Watch the video at Powerline….it is informative as well as great to watch the Lib talker meet TRUTH, perhaps for the first time all year 🙂

(H/T: Larrey Anderson at American Thinker)

Obama’s first spending cut….Demands 11% Cut in Defense Spending


USS Nimitz (Sharp Right Turn photo)

Obama, the Thug hugger, is now demanding that the Pentagon cut its 2010 budget by 11%.

If true, in dollar figures, that is $55 Billion.  

Isn’t this Obama’s first cut in any spending?  Well he did say he would cut UNNECESSARY spending….Obama said recently:

Obama promised to scour the federal budget to eliminate what doesn’t work and improve what does to “put government on the side of taxpayers.” He said: “We can no longer afford to sustain the old ways when we know there are new and more efficient ways to getting the job done.”

Didn’t we all know that Obama doesn’t think military and defense spending “is working” or is even worth it?

Obama is cutting our defense budget while we are in the midst of two wars, Iran is close to nukes, Israel and Hamas in constant conflict, Russia is acting like the USSR of old, and nutjob Kim Jong Il still sits at the throne in North Korea….not to mention the full war on terror and constant threat of attack by barbaric Islamic terrorists here and abroad.

But, hey, those ships, tanks, and missile shields just aren’t working anymore.

The light at the end of the tunnel, however, is we still have all of those “wonderful”things that Obama and the Democrats are working on to “put government on the side of taxpayers” and its going to stimulate the economy, too! 

Don’t forget these important jewels all of us taxpayers are just dying to be a part of.  From WSJ and other sources:

  • There’s $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years;
  • $2 billion for child-care subsidies;
  • $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts;
  • $400 million for global-warming research
  •  and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects.
  • even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons
  • Congress wants to spend $600 million more for the federal government to buy new cars.
  • spend $7 billion for modernizing federal buildings and facilities.
  • The Smithsonian is targeted to receive $150 million;
  • $81 billion for Medicaid
  • $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits
  • $20 billion for food stamps
  • $83 billion for the earned income credit for people who don’t pay income tax
  • $66 billion on education (SRT: cuz its working so much better than our military)*
  • $6 billion to weatherize “modest income homes.
    -$6 billion to provide internet in “underserved” areas
    -$6 billion for “higher education modernization.”
    -$20 billion in health information technology to “prevent medial mistakes.”
  • -$400 million “to put more scientists to work doing climate change research”
    -$600 million for satellite development and acquisitions, including climate sensors and climate modeling.
    -$250 million “to address long-term economic distress in urban industrial cores and rural areas distributed based on need and ability to create jobs and attract private investment.”
    $300 million for the National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries
    -$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (SRT: Blaspheming images of Jesus Christ be expensive)*
    -$400 million for “ready-to-go habitat restoration projects”
    $2 billion to provide child care services for an additional 300,000 children in low-income families while their parents go to work. (SRT:  It takes a village, you know)*
    -$120 million to provide subsidized community service jobs to an additional 24,000 low-income older Americans (SRT: Welfare)
    -$1.5 billion to help local communities build and rehabilitate low-income housing using green technologies. (SRT: Welfare)
    -$500 million to rehabilitate and improve energy efficiency at some of the over 42,000 housing units maintained by Native American housing programs
    -$10 million for “rural, high-need areas to undertake projects using sustainable and energy-efficient building and rehabilitation practices”

* – My sarcasm in italics

Talking to our enemies and loosening the fingers of their clenched fists with the words of a Messiah are all we need….who needs a stinkin’ defense budget?

“As I said in my inauguration speech, if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us.”

“It is very important for us to make sure that we are using all the tools of US power, including diplomacy, in our relationship with Iran,” Obama said.

I guess military power is off the table!…Diplomacy costs less.

Obama also said in his first interview with Al-Arabiya:

My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy — we sometimes make mistakes — we have not been perfect.

We used to believe in “peace through strength”….Now it’s “peace through faulting America”.