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#836451 Jan 10, 2013
Hagel, Healthcare, and “America’s Military Decline”
A recent op-ed by the New York Times’s compassionate conservative David Brooks demonstrates how to load an argument. In “Why Hagel Was Picked” Brooks complains about Americans choosing healthcare over military expenditures, arguing irrelevantly but emotionally that “voters and politicians care more about middle-class seniors than about poor children,” a contention he then expands by observing that “as the federal government becomes a health care state” Chuck Hagel will “supervise the beginning of America’s military decline.” Brooks calls it “choosing welfare over global power.”
As Brooks probably has very good health insurance as well as a nice private pension plan, he can afford to be cavalier about the many seniors, not all of whom are middle-class, who are dependent on Medicare to survive since whatever happens will not affect him personally. He projects rising healthcare costs based on current rates but does not address why medical care costs so much more in the United States compared to what is available in other first-world economies, a dysfunction that can be addressed if the political will exists to do so.
And his argument about “military decline” borders on the ridiculous, as he does not even attempt to make a case for the United States maintaining a million men and women in the armed forces. If the purpose of the U.S. military is to defend the nation, it would have the capability to do so even if it were half as large as it is now. Brooks is really talking about the ability to wage multiple wars overseas, which is something altogether different. Certainly that capability would diminish, and one might add thank God that it should do so.
The unmitigated failures of the past 11 years have demonstrated that the Brooks vision for what passes as foreign and defense policy should have been discarded long ago and replaced by something that is both more affordable and less interventionist.
#836452 Jan 10, 2013
I was begged by European Command to re-inlist offers of promotion money education I was stubborn stuck with other officers who were mad over article 15 went state-side. GF008 Safer World 2013
#836453 Jan 10, 2013
From his earliest days in office, Bush paired his belief that Americans do best when they own their own homes with his conviction that markets do best when left alone. Bush pushed hard to expand home ownership, especially among minority groups, an initiative that dovetailed with both his ambition to expand Republican appeal and the business interests of some of his biggest donors. But his housing policies and hands-off approach to regulation encouraged lax lending standards.
Bush did foresee the danger posed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage finance giants. The president spent years pushing a recalcitrant Congress to toughen regulation of the companies, but was unwilling to compromise when his former Treasury secretary wanted to cut a deal. And the regulator Bush chose to oversee them - an old school buddy - pronounced the companies sound even as they headed toward insolvency.
As early as 2006, top advisers to Bush dismissed warnings from people inside and outside the White House that housing prices were inflated and that a foreclosure crisis was looming. And when the economy deteriorated, Bush and his team misdiagnosed the reasons and scope of the downturn. As recently as February, for example, Bush was still calling it a "rough patch."
The result was a series of piecemeal policy prescriptions that lagged behind the escalating crisis.
you can keep trying but you don't have a right wing leg to stand on.
#836454 Jan 10, 2013
Why the $1 trillion coin campaign is good for America
By meeting absurdity with absurdity, "mint the coin" advocates may show debt-ceiling hostage takers the recklessness of their own premises
#836455 Jan 10, 2013
Who made the PEOPLE TAKE THE MONEY...
Who said they did not have to pay it back?
#836456 Jan 10, 2013
You, sir, are the one being duped into believing something that is not entirely true.
Will you admit Democrats also played a major role in this economic downturn?
If you can't - or won't - there's no point in continuing this discussion.
#836457 Jan 10, 2013
71 in lawsuit...
To be photographed naked...
#836458 Jan 10, 2013
Right-wingers want to erase how George Bush's "Homeowner Society" helped cause the economic collapse
#836460 Jan 10, 2013
major? no more so then Bush.
if it makes you feel better, he was just continuing with the same program that Clinton started. but no one forced him to do it. and you wingnuts keep talking about Dems, but for 6 years Congress was republican and they did nothing. but if you want you can try to demonstrate how dems treated Bush like republicans now treat Obama. that will be a guaranteed hoot.
#836461 Jan 10, 2013
'Union bosses won't allow their office workers to unionize'
#836462 Jan 10, 2013
no one made them. they just made it so easy that you would have looked stupid for not taking the money.
and there was that guarantee of a booming economy that never came to pass. now who was it that made that failed prediction? a democrat?
so the Bush premise was....how could anyone get hurt?
#836463 Jan 10, 2013
That pretty much sums it up__Carol and her new bff will continue attempting to hawk their bizzaro world version of events though.
Since: Dec 10
#836464 Jan 10, 2013
You obviously have no idea of the scale of the war between Russia and Germany.
And, you have no idea of the schedule of delivery.
Here's your facts again:
Delivery of supplies didn't peak until 1944. The vast majority of the equipment you reference was delivered after this time. At this time the Germans had already been defeated and were in full retreat from Russia. Here's the significant events again:
German defeat at Stalingrad winter 1942-43.
(Americans land in Morocco, Brits get run out of Libya and retreat to Egypt)
(US Navy Adm King in 1941-2, opposed the introduction of convoys. Few ships making it successfully to Minsk, most being sunk in the middle of the Atlantic.)
(In the Pacific, Japan bombs Calcutta, India; Japan bombs Darwin, Austrailia; Americans win Guadacanal; Americans win Buna, New Guinea; Brits begin guerilla war in Burma)
Last German counter-offensive Kursk, Belarus, to stop the Russian advance on all fronts July-August 1943. It becomes a foregone conclusion Russia will defeat Germany.
(Americans adopt the convoy system and the supplies to Russia rise above a trickle.)
(Allies in Sicily. No allied boots on the ground on the entire continent of Europe.)
(U.S. begins submarine warfare against Japanese shipping, Japanese end their occupation of the Aleutian Islands)
If you had any real knowledge of events, it will be obvious to you from history that at the time it became a foregone conclusion that Russia was going to defeat Germany and had already pushed the German army back to the border of Belarus with Eastern European countries and had them in headlong retreat, the amount of supplies from the United States to Russia equaled a mere trickle.
The amounts you reference are almost all that was delivered after Russia had beat the Germans, and had them in headlong retreat on all fronts, and the battle lines criss-crossed the Soviet Union-Eastern Europe border.
You are not only an ignorant dupe, you are an idiot.
Since: Oct 08
#836465 Jan 10, 2013
You still didn't answer the question Davey Boie, just blowin' smoke, as you always do?? You do the Yeahoo proud, you're almost as good, not quite almost??
#836466 Jan 10, 2013
here's a good one.
Text: President Bush's Acceptance Speech to the Republican National Convention
"Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security and dignity and independence.
Thanks to our policies, home ownership in America is at an all- time high."
#836467 Jan 10, 2013
President James Knox Polk was 11th President of the United States of America. Polk was last strong pre Cival War President. Polk led the nation to a victory in the Mexican-American War. Which gave the United States most of it's [resent Southwest. GF008 Safer World 2013
Since: Oct 08
#836468 Jan 10, 2013
Don't forget Chrissy Dodd, and Chucky Schumer expounded in Congress that there was no problem with the Savings & Loans??
#836469 Jan 10, 2013
you mean they said something?
omg, people talking about stuff causes other stuff to miraculously happen! or not!
if that's the case, there's a whole bunch of Bush quotes that you don't want to hear.
Since: May 11
#836470 Jan 10, 2013
What question was that, dickhead.
You said Obama did not turn in a time sheet.
He did work in the private sector.
You want to argue that point or do you want to argue that only people who turn in time sheets work.
Make up your mind.
#836471 Jan 10, 2013
A producer behind a popular gun enthusiast YouTube channel was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head at his business last week.
Police in Georgia are investigating the apparent homicide of Keith Ratliff, a 32-year-old Franklin County resident.
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