One thing about the above regarding the sequester. The military doesn't like it, but IMHO it was ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. President Obama famously said earlier last month that he wouldn't negotiate "with a gun at my head." But that's EXACTLY what it took - in the form of the sequester - to kick-start this government toward reduced spending. I saw this article yesterday which proclaims:
"The budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2013 dropped to $680.3 billion, the government reported Wednesday -- the first time in five years the shortfall has been below $1 trillion."
Wanna know why? The article cites reasons as "a growing economy, the end of a temporary Social Security tax cut, (and) higher tax rates on wealthy Americans." But it lists - last of course - what I believe to be the most important reason we'll continue to see declining budget deficits - the SEQUESTER. I still believe the President should take credit for suggesting and fostering the sequester, and history may show that it was a primary reason why this country started to get its spending under control.
Mother Mary of God Jesus of Nazareth, Sebe!! I am having trouble believing what I am reading in the above post. Are you actually giving BHO POSITIVE credit for something??!! I have been reading the daily drumbeats here regarding the possible drawing and quartering of our current President.
Maybe I drank too much of the Kool-Aid afterall. Are you a-funnin' us here? Is your tongue pressed against your inner cheek on this one?
JimmyMack, confused in Dixie.
Jimmy: Don't be cornfused. Especially in D-I-X-I-E...."Down by the Swanee.... The folks up north will see me no more... When I get to that Swanee shore."
But enough of Al Jolson. I've given the President a lot of credit in my prior posts. You probably skimmed over them because they didn't contain the red flag words and phrases that tend to catch people's attention. To recapitulate - I've given President Obama credit for:
*Continuing the Bush policies re: Homeland Security.
*Disengaging this country from foreign wars (although he's now holding the bag when bad things happen in the Middle East as a result of the hasty U.S. troop withdrawal).
*Suggesting and facilitating the SEQUESTER - which I believe is the only way we would have ever gotten on the road to reduced spending (i.e., putting "a gun to the head of big government" and distributing the blame equally).
*Putting on a terrific show at the Annual White House Correspondent's Dinner every year he has attended.
In each and every one of these areas I give the President an "A." For everything else, he gets a D. I guess that averages out to be a C+ - which I believe is how history will judge his presidency unless he changes his ways and gets after the economy, jobs, and limiting government spending.
....and - my bad. I had forgotten about two others for which I have repeatedly given the President a lot of credit:
*The elimination of Osama bin Laden.
*The expansion of "The Drone War" against al Qaeda.
He gets an "A" for each of these, too. Stll doesn't up his overall grade above C+ though.
Sebekm have you pondered what I said about martial law coming due to some BIZARRE catastrophe, or attack??
Maybe the Officers being booted wont fire on Americans, it appears to be the new litmus test according to several sources on the web.
Just saying, its another reason, maybe out there, but its a possible scenario.
I have. I don't think we can ever completely rule out anything that results from "some BIZARRE catastrophe, or attack." However, I don't recommend losing any sleep over this happening. If it does, then we'll have to deal with it. But I don't think we should hold our breaths waiting for the government to trigger the catastrophe. WE THE PEOPLE - collectively - exist in too great numbers to be easily "overcome" by false catastrophes. Also - I would expect that if the civilian government tried to create such a catastrophe, our military - who are not mindless drones - would see it for what it was and refuse to participate. I think any democratically elected government realizes this. Unless they have the strength of arms to enforce martial law, it doesn't happen.
I think it is more likely that Sarah Palin will be elected President in 2016 than it is for martial law to be imposed in this country anytime soon.