Sometimes I Just Have to Sound Off
I may be wrong but, while reading the news sites it sometimes seems to me that the STOOOPID is getting awfully deep out there. No, that’s not a typo; I intentionally spelled STOOOPID that way because when it comes to items like this a single U just don’t seem to get the job done. These are some of the news items that tripped my trigger today: (My comments are in red italics.)
John McCain: Cut the Defense Budget
(Wait a minute……haven’t we been fighting a 2 front war for the past 8 or 9 years? Don’t our troops deserve the best equipment we can supply them with? Now this DEEDLE DEE wants to cut funding for equipment?)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), speaking to a foreign-policy forum Monday, called for sharp cuts in defense spending by clamping down on lawmakers’ pet projects and on weapons programs that routinely run over budget. McCain said Defense Secretary Robert Gates should be able to find $100 billion in savings. “I’m not sure that we could say that everything in defense is sacrosanct while the rest of these cuts in education and social programs, et cetera, are taking place,” McCain said. Rep. “Buck” McKeon, likely the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said, “A defense budget in decline portends an America in decline,” and said he would oppose cuts to the Pentagon’s budget.
42 Million Americans on Food Stamps
(If the United States is the wealthiest nation on Earth, or so the politicians would have you believe, why does nearly 15% of the population rely on food stamps?)
And this is happening in America? Hunger rates in the U.S. rose sharply in 2008 to their highest levels since the U.S. Department of Agriculture started tracking the number in 1995, and they’ve held steady ever since. As many as 1 million American families with children were forced to go without eating at some point in the past year. The number of Americans on Food Stamps is up 10 million from a year ago, to 42 million people. “I know meeting with, whether it’s government offices across the country or with food pantries and food banks—in all of those instances people have reflected the fact, to me, anecdotally that they are serving people who never envisioned in their lifetimes needing to turn to either a state or a county for federal assistance or to a food bank for assistance,” said Mark Nord, a researcher with USDA. And the problem is set to get worse—economic forecasters, the U.S. government among them, predict a rise in food prices in 2011.
Cali. Gives Illegals In-State Tuition
(Isn’t California facing a $25 billion budget shortfall?)
As Congress prepares to debate the DREAM Act, the California State Supreme Court voted unanimously on Monday to give in-state tuition at public universities to illegal immigrants who have graduated from state high schools. California is one of 10 states to make this offer, and the court ruling is the first of its kind. While federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving college tuition based on residency, California law carves out an exemption for students who attend the state’s high schools for at least three years.
Britain to Pay Millions to Gitmo Detainees
(Make me a British subject and I’ll go to Gitmo for $1.5 million!)
Does this count as hush money? The British government is going to pay millions of dollars to seven Guantanamo Bay detainees who accuse it of cooperating with the United States in their detentions. The move comes as part of an effort to keep out of court thousands of documents detailing its complicity. While the exact amount of the payments to the prisoners will not be disclosed, at least one is believed to be receiving at least $1.5 million.