Never Forget about our Troops!
Want to do something that will REALLY help our troops? Join is us in sending support to America’s bravest!
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There are currently over 130,000 troops still serving in Afghanistan, mostly US troops and some from other nations of the 50-member NATO coalition.
Our troops are serving in some of the most dangerous places to be in the world, where the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies continue to try and destabilize a nation to bring back a safe haven for radical Islamist extremists can train, plot, and launch attacks against the nations of the Western world, primarily the United States.
Our mission is to send care packages to support those brave troops! For as little as $25 you can send support to a Soldier, Marine, Airman, Sailor, or Guardsman serving overseas. Each package contains lots of goodies and helpful items that our troops appreciate, such as coffee, cookies, beef jerky, deodorant, wet wipes and more!
The Troopathon is set to air July 12th 2012
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Congressman Allen West
Troopathon V “Never Forget About Our Troops”
Some helpful facts to know about this star studded fundraiser
Troopathon is a once-a-year event held by Move America Forward (MAF) which is a
non-profit charity dedicated to serving those who protect us: our brave troops.
Troopathon V is a month-long care package drive that culminates in a star-studded
8-hour web-a-thon broadcast on July 12th from the Army Depot in Sacramento, CA.
Some Useful Facts About Troopathon:
• Troopathon is a non-partisan non-political effort. We work with celebrities from Hollywood, television, the music industry, sports heroes and athletes, bloggers, journalists, radio personalities, academics, experts in the field, and elected officials to bring together a wide variety of guests to support our troops.
• This year Troopathon is hosted by Melanie Morgan who continues to be a voice for our troops through her career behind the microphone at KSFO radio in San Francisco.
• This year’s program is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Breitbart, who was a guest host for the past 3 Troopathon broadcasts and a dedicated supporter of the troops. We will celebrate his life and honor the troops he gave so much of his time for.
• Past Troopathons have included an amazing array of guests from every type of industry.
Some of our notable past guests have included:
|Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee
Current Navy SEALs
Andrea Shea King
Dr. Laura Schlessinger
|Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
Ambassador John Bolton
• Past Troopathon events have raised over $3.6 million for our troops. Last year, Troopathon raised over $500,000 but we’d like to break that total this year!
• Care Packages sponsored through Troopathon are the easiest way to donate to the troops. No running to the store, no confusing customs forms and postal regulations. Simply donate with your credit card and MAF’s team of dedicated volunteers will send the care packages on your behalf. It’s also tax-deductible!
• Each care package includes a special note written by the donor expressing their appreciation for the sacrifice our troops make. Packages can be sponsored for as low as $25 for a single serviceman, up to $1,000 for a Battalion Pack which will serve up to 60 soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen.
• Troopathon happens on July 12, 2012 at 1PM Pacific time, 4PM Eastern live from the Army Depot in Sacramento, CA. You can view on www.troopathon.org. If you miss the 8 hour broadcast you can still find videos and information on the website right now, leading up to, and after the show.
We’re proud of the success we’ve had in fighting to make America an even greater nation. Unlike those who constantly criticize our great nation and our military men and women, we see a future where freedom and liberty create endless opportunities for Americans and our friends and allies in a more secure world.
Spending Daily | July 12, 2012
Bankrupting America: “As San Bernadino Goes …”
After a third California city declared bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal editorializes, ”[T]he biggest victims of the city’s fiscal crisis are taxpayers…San Bernardino’s problems aren’t much different from those of Stockton or even Detroit and Los Angeles. Most municipalities have postponed necessary labor reforms in hopes that a robust economic recovery would avert insolvency. That recovery has never arrived. Their hands have also been tied by collective-bargaining agreements, which are the real systemic risk to municipal finance—and to investors who think they’re a tax-free lunch.”
Pentagon Budget to Exceed Spending Caps
Th Hill reports, “The Congressional Budget Office issued a report Wednesday that found the Pentagon’s five-year budget plan is projected to exceed the spending caps established under last year’s Budget Control Act (BCA). The CBO report found that over the next decade, the Pentagon’s current budget plan would exceed the BCA spending caps by $508 billion without the sequestration cuts. Adding those in, the budget — which did not take into account the sequester this year — exceeds the caps by $978 billion.”
Fed Open to Another Stimulus?
Bloomberg reports, “The Federal Reserve signaled that a further economic slowdown would bring growing support among policy makers for additional steps to spur the three-year expansion. A few members of the Federal Open Market Committee said the Fed should ease policy to move the economy toward its targets for full employment and stable prices, according to minutes of the June 19-20 meeting released yesterday in Washington.”
Reaffirms Her Support For ObamaCare’s Massive Tax Increase & Medicare Cuts
WASHINGTON — Two years ago liberal U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley – at the urging of Nancy Pelosi – voted for President Obama’s healthcare bill which the Supreme Court recently confirmed was a massive tax increase on the American people. Today, the embattled Congresswoman reaffirmed her support of this job-killing law by voting against its repeal.
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), ObamaCare will cut $500 billion from Medicare, raise taxes by over $500 billion and force every American to purchase health insurance.
Notably, the Wall Street Journal has written that ObamaCare is the largest tax increase in history on the middle class.
- “It is now undeniable that Mr. Obama has imposed the largest tax increase in history on the middle class. Individuals who don’t buy insurance will have to pay several hundred dollars, depending on income. The Congressional Budget Office says that 76% of those who pay the mandate tax will make less than 500% of the federal poverty level, estimated to be $24,000 for a family of four in 2016. That means 76% of the payers will earn less than $120,000 a year.” (Editorial, “It’s Up To The Voters Now,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/28/12)
“Not only did Shelley Berkley vote for ObamaCare, but today she reaffirmed her support for what is the largest tax increase ever on the middle class,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “This election will be a clear contrast between Congresswoman Berkley and her support for President Obama’s big government agenda and Senator Heller who will continue to support pro-growth, pro-jobs initiatives that will get Nevada working again.”
Berkley Voted For The Health Care Reform Law. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #165: Motion agreed to, thus clearing the bill for the president, by a vote of 219-212: R 0-178; D 219-34, 3/21/10, Berkley Voted Yea)
Berkley Proudly Voted Against A Full Repeal ObamaCare (H.R. 6079, CQ Vote 460: Passed 224-185, Berkley Voted Nay)
Today, the Coalition for the Common Defense launched a national advocacy campaign aimed at preventing further, draconian cuts to the U.S. military of $500 billion dollars or more in January 2013 pursuant to the “sequestration” mechanism created under the Budget Control Act of 2011. The campaign will feature a series of video advertisements demonstrating the dangerous absurdity of the sorts of deep and – worse-yet – indiscriminate, across-the-board defense spending cuts now in prospect. The first spot premiered today and can be viewed here:
The campaign is designed to encourage the American public to express their opposition to these cuts. The Coalition will facilitate such communications with the White House and Senate through a portal at its web-site here:
Regarding the campaign launch and the need to avert sequestration, Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., a member of the Coalition for the Common Defense, remarked:
“Defense has already paid its fair share into deficit reduction and we cannot safely and responsibly try to balance the budget on the backs of our men and women in uniform. This campaign, and specifically the Coalition’s ads, will bring home to the American people the reckless absurdity of these defense cuts – and the need to avoid the train-wreck they will precipitate.”
The mandated sequestration cuts come on top of an already budgeted $487 billion reduction over the next 10 years as part of Budget Control Act of 2011.
The additional $500 billion in sequestration cuts would prove devastating, both militarily and economically. Militarily, this would result in the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in history. Economically, sequestration could result in $62.9 billion in lost revenues for defense contractors, projected job losses of over 1.3 million, and an $86.4 billion decrease in Gross Domestic Product.
The House of Representatives has already acted on legislation that would stave off these budget reductions and their attendant impact for at least a year, giving the executive and legislative branches time to devise a different, less reckless approach to deficit reduction. The Senate has yet to act, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama insisting that any such relief must be accompanied by tax increases.
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. continued:
“The American people do not want the White House and the Senate to hold our military hostage to budget gamesmanship. It is unconscionable to play politics with the arming, training and sustaining of our troops – particularly if, by so doing, the President and Senate leaders may be jeopardizing not only their missions, but their lives.”
The Coalition for the Common Defense is an alliance of like-minded individuals and organizations who believe that without provision for the “common defense,” as articulated by the Founders, the freedom that has allowed unprecedented opportunity and prosperity to flourish in this country would soon be imperiled. In this new age of budgetary cuts, the Coalition rejects the false choice between military strength and economic health contending that economic prosperity depends on a strong national defense. Through a series of events and strategic partnerships, the coalition is calling on elected officials, candidates for office and others who share our commitment to the common defense to uphold these principles. We must return the United States to sensible fiscal principles without sacrificing our national security.
The House is scheduled to vote today on full repeal of Obamacare. Although many reports are circulating that Congress has already voted on this numerous times, this is only the second time the House will have voted to fully repeal the law.
Heritage has laid out the impacts of Obamacare on the American people—and according to a poll released this week, a majority of Americans agree that Obamacare should be repealed. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took to the pages of The Washington Post this week to re-argue the Administration’s positions, claiming basically the opposite of the havoc Obamacare is wreaking on the U.S. economy and health care system.
As Congress takes up the issue, we present the Top 5 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare:
5. To stop adding to the U.S. deficit and debt.
Medicare and Medicaid is pushing the federal budget to the breaking point. Obamacare makes the problem much worse by adding to the entitlement crisis in the form of a massive Medicaid expansion and a new entitlement subsidy for households with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. These two spending entitlement programs will add at least 35 million Americans to the government rolls at an expense of more than $200 billion annually by the end of the decade.
4. To help stop Taxmageddon.
In addition to being a massive federal power grab, Obamacare contains a massive tax increase on the American economy—at a time when job growth should be the nation’s number one priority. In total, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the Obamacare tax hikes would raise about $800 billion in new revenue over a decade. Taxmageddon—the unprecedented, $494 billion tax hike scheduled to hit Americans on January 1, 2013 —includes just five of Obamacare’s 18 new taxes.
3. To preserve freedom, including religious freedom, for all Americans.
Obamacare tramples on individual freedom and religious liberty. One of the first examples is the especially controversial provision of the HHS preventive services mandate that takes effect in a few short weeks on August 1. After that, as employers renew their health plans in the coming year, they will have to comply with the HHS mandate’s coercive requirement to cover abortion-related drugs, contraception and sterilization—regardless of religious or moral objections. This is one of the first chilling examples in Obamacare that shows how Americans will lose their individual liberties.
2. To keep health care decisions where they belong—with patients and their doctors.
Obamacare is a massive intrusion in the doctor-patient relationship, micromanaging how health care should be delivered to patients. When the government is given this much authority and discretion, it does not result in higher-quality care for patients. Rather, it leads to price controls and one-size-fits-all regulations that misallocate resources and will lead to headaches for doctors and problems for patients trying to access health care.
1. To make way for real, patient-centered, market-based health care reform.
Health care reform that preserves American liberty is possible and is direly needed. The Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream provides such a plan and would put us on a course toward a truly consumer-based health care system. A starting point should be setting commonsense insurance rules for those who buy their own insurance—individuals and small businesses outside the large group market. Congress should combine sensible individual health insurance market reforms with appropriate tax and Medicaid reforms for a fair and fiscally sound strategy to expand coverage to the currently uninsured.
Is Repeal Possible?
As research by Heritage’s Bob Moffit concludes, “Based on Washington’s record of health policymaking, ending or rolling back Obamacare is hardly implausible.” Moffit points to examples from history: the repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 and President Bill Clinton’s failed attempts at reform in 1994. Moffit notes that the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 was originally enacted with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, but repealed one year later. The reason? Plain and simple: it was the disapproval of the American people that drove the law’s removal.
The failure of Obamacare is not only a matter of the public’s continued opposition to it; the law is also a major policy failure. It is based on the false premise that more government, more regulations, and more mandates are the right solution to America’s health care problems. Obamacare falls short of genuine reform because its alleged benefits increase not only government spending, but also the cost of private health insurance—on the backs of taxpayers.
To achieve a health care system where patients come first, Congress must not embrace the flawed and failed policies in Obamacare. Instead, Congress must use this opportunity to offer an alternative vision for the future of health care—a future where individuals get better care at lower cost without government controlling the dollars and decisions.
Three days ago, the Obama campaign launched a new ad, saying that women are “troubled” with Mitt Romney.
But the real trouble women are having in 2012 is with the Obama Economy.
This morning, American Crossroads released a new video to that effect, entitled “Obama’s War on Women:”
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- 17 million women are now in poverty in the Obama Economy — 800,000 more than when Obama took office
- 7.5 million women are in extreme poverty
- 4 of 10 female-headed households are in poverty
- The poverty rate among Hispanic women is now near 25% — the fastest growing group
- 2.4 million older women are in poverty
- Men are gaining 4 times as many jobs as women in Obama’s Economy
- 780,000 more women are unemployed in Obama’s Economy
There is a war on women in America — and it’s being waged by President Obama’s job-killing economic policies.
If the president wants to talk about a war on women, let’s have that debate in terms of the economy, and see how many more women are unemployed or have gone into poverty on his watch.
Originally posted at Center for Security Policy and the Washington Times By Frank Gaffney, Jr.
In Lone Survivor, a chilling, firsthand account of the loss of eleven members of the Navy’s elite Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Team and eight Army aviators, Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell describes the fateful decision that led to disaster for him and death for his comrades. It came down to a judgment call about whether to risk prosecution and jail-time for doing whatever it took to complete their mission, or to allow three Afghan goatherds to rat out his unit to the Taliban.
When Luttrell cast the deciding vote to turn loose the farmers who had stumbled upon him and three other SEALs shortly after they had been dropped behind enemy lines to take down a particularly dangerous Taliban leader, he described the thought-process:
“If we kill these guys, we have to be straight about it. Report what we did. We can’t sneak around this….Their bodies will be found, the Taliban will use it to the max. They’ll get it in the papers, and the U.S. liberal media will attack us without mercy. We’ll almost certainly be charged with murder….”
Such concerns prompted Luttrell to make the call to release the goatherds, setting in train calamity for his buddies and sixteen others dispatched to rescue them from the massive Taliban assault that ensued. It turns out those concerns were well-founded, as was most recently demonstrated in a case before the U.S. Military Court of Appeals. By a 3-2 vote, the judges outrageously determined that an Army Ranger, First Lieutenant Michael Behenna, was deemed to have no right to self-defense when he killed the Iraqi prisoner he was interrogating after the latter threw a concrete block at him and tried to seize his firearm. Unless he is pardoned, Lt. Behenna will remain incarcerated for the next twelve years.
Unfortunately, under President Obama, service personnel’s rising fears of being prosecuted for acting to protect themselves and their missions are but one of many ways in which themilitary is being, to use his now-infamous turn of phrase, “fundamentally transformed.” Consider a few examples:
- Losing wars: Few things can have a more corrosive effect on morale and esprit de corps of the armed forces than being ordered to participate in and sacrifice – not least by risking life and limb – in protracted conflicts, only to have political authorities throw in the towel. Add in the repeated combat tours pulled by many servicemen and women, with all that entails for both them and their families, and you have a formula for disaster for the U.S. military.
- Budget cuts: Matters are made much worse by the sense that the military is being asked to pay more than its fair share of the burden associated with deficit-reduction. Even though defense spending accounts for approximately 20% of the budget, the Pentagon has been required to absorb roughly 50% of the cuts, while entitlements have been entirely spared.
The roughly $800 billion in defense spending already excised or in the works is denying our men and women in uniform the modern, properly maintained and qualitatively superior equipment they need to wage war safely and successfully on our behalf. The next $500 billion in reductions – which, all other things being equal, are to go into effect in January – will have, in the words Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Demsey, a “catastrophic” effect.
- A defective Counter-Insurgency (COIN) strategy: [As documented in Part 9 of the Center for Security Policy’s online curriculum, “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within” (http://MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com),] the effort to win hearts and minds in places like Iraq and Afghanistan has exposed our troops unnecessarily to danger: They are being obliged not to wear protective eyewear and body armor, at risk literally to life and limb. They are ordered to honor their hosts in visits with local elders by consuming foods offered, despite the fact that doing so can subject them to lifelong affliction by parasites and diseases. They must observe rules of engagement that restrict use of their firearms and deny them air cover and artillery support in circumstances where it can mean the difference between living and dying.
Worse yet, our troops are seen by the enemy in these and other ways to be submitting to the latter’s doctrine of shariah. According to that supremacist code, its adherents are compelled when confronted with evidence they are winning, to redouble their efforts to make us “feel subdued.” This generally translates into more violence against our troops and us, not less.
- Assault on the culture of the Military: Last, but not least, President Obama’s use of the military as a vehicle for advancing the radical homosexual agenda in the larger society has demonstrated for many in uniform civilian indifference to the unique attributes of the armed forces. That message can only have been reinforced by the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing fraudulent claims to military decorations as protected free speech.
Unfortunately, these sorts of assaults on the U.S. military are likely to “fundamentally transform” it, all right. Perhaps that tranformation will manifest itself, among other ways, by precipitating the collapse of the All-Volunteer Force, as many of those who are currently serving decline to do so, and fewer and fewer new, high-quality recruits enlist. We can ill-afford such an Obama legacy in an increasingly dangerous world.
Don’t worry when the press uses omission, editing tricks, and comically uneconomical choice of voice and syntax to ensure the president always makes a soft landing. Accurate reporting is always “just a blogger” away.
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Abound Solar, a Colorado-based thin solar panel manufacturer, filed to liquidate this week. This bankruptcy made headlines all over the nation since Abound Solar was one of the new ‘clean energy’ companies that received a loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy. Although the company was awarded a $400 million loan guarantee in 2010, both the administration and the company were quick to announce that only a $70 million portion of the loan was claimed before bankruptcy.
The idea behind Abound Solar investment was that American companies would gain the upper hand over their international counterparts by employing superior technology. By investing in advanced computers and research, they reasoned, a new ‘green’ and efficient solar panel could be developed and traded profitably.
The spectacular failure of the company was blamed on aggressive and unfair Chinese competition that has been flooding the global market with very cheap standard solar panels. Chinese companies, observers claim, receive generous subsidies from the Chinese government and thus possess unique pricing advantages. It is important to notice that the Commerce Department imposed tariffs on Chinese solar panels in order to prevent this outcome, but was not successful. The Energy Department calculates its Abound Solar losses in $40-60 million range and stresses that it safeguarded 80% of the original loan guarantee. Thus, the loss to American taxpayers is at around 15%.
Although this compares favorably to the notorious Solyndra case where $535 million worth of taxpayer funds was lost for good, it is another worrisome sign for the administration’s new energy policy. President Barack Obama lauded Abound Solar’s loan in his weekly video address on July 3, 2010.
Critics of the administration’s energy policy were quick to respond to the news. Main argument coming from the conservative and Republican circles was that the Energy Department’s loan guarantees abound to nothing other than ‘crony capitalism’. Rep Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the House Energy Committee’s subcommittee on investigations and oversight, described the administration clean energy policy as a “risky green jobs scheme” and advised the White House not to “pick winners and losers” in a capitalist economy. Critics are concerned that president’s scheme will crumble, potentially wasting billions of dollars of American taxpayer funds.
We will have to wait and see how this ‘clean energy’ adventure concludes. In the meantime, we will be anxiously staring at our laptop screens hoping that more taxpayer funds do not end up bankrupt.
Washington D.C. - House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding the President’s demand to raise taxes on hardworking families and small businesses:
“President Obama’s demand to raise taxes on hardworking families and small businesses comes on the heels of the worst quarter for job growth in two years. The uncertainty that is plaguing our economy is a direct result of the President’s insistence on massive tax hikes that will further burden our job creators, already suffering under this Administration’s failed economic policies. A number of prominent Congressional Democrats are opposed to the President’s call for a massive tax hike – even they know the toll that it will take on private sector job growth. That is exactly why House Republicans reject President’s demand for a tax hike on all Americans. Later this month we will lay out our principles for comprehensive tax reform to provide certainty to American families and small businesses. We invite the President to join this bipartisan effort so we can get America back to work.”