It’s time to admit that “if we stay on the current trajectory, the Defense Department will become a giant HMO that occasionally blows up a terrorist or two. This is obviously an unsustainable trajectory, but to do anything about it, the Defense Department will have to enlist Congress’s help, which so far has not been forthcoming. Congress prefers to cut defense, and other discretionary programs, across the board, thereby hurting readiness.”
By 2016 it will be time for a governor. “Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio are four Midwestern states that have been rolling back regulations, tax rates and other economic-development obstacles in systematic efforts to become more business-friendly, especially in the wake of the Great Recession. It’s no accident that each is headed these days by a growth-oriented Republican governor while Illinois’ hobbled efforts are headed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.”
It’s about time the main stream media caught on. “CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta said income inequality has increased under President Obama despite his repeated rhetoric against it, to the protests of press secretary Jay Carney, during Thursday’s briefing.”
A timely letter: “U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today united in opposition to China’s recent establishment of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over areas of the East China Sea. In a letter to China’s ambassador to the U.S., the senators condemned the move for violating the sovereignty of territories claimed by Japan and South Korea, while also threatening to destabilize the entire region.”
There was a time when they at least liked him. “A year ago, when asked if people liked Obama regardless of his policies, 37 percent said yes, 29 percent no. The new poll finds that 34 percent don’t like Obama, while just 30 percent do. It’s the same on his favorability rating. A year ago 53 percent had a favorable opinion of the president. Today 53 percent have an unfavorable opinion. Among independents, 62 percent have an unfavorable opinion.”
Maybe it is time for the Senate to act on some common-sense legislation. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) touts the latest legislation in his chamber: “The Innovation Act provides incentives for innovation so start-ups and young entrepreneurs can focus on advancements and new technology rather than costly and frivolous lawsuits. The lack of transparency in the current patent system and abusive patent litigation drain billions of dollars from our economy, stifle innovation, and limit job creation.” Really, isn’t that something the Senate could support?
This is one time where the network “suits” have it right. “Barbara Walters wanted to name NSA leaker Edward Snowden as her most fascinating person of the year, but was overruled by ABC network executives.”