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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sally Kern is a Racist and a Sexist Oklahoma Representative

Sally Kern Racist and Sexitst,  Oklahoma Republican

"Black people don't want to work as hard, Black people do not work as hard as white people."   Sally Kern, Oklahoma Republican Representative

"Is this just because they are black that they are in prison, or
could it be because they didn't want to work hard in school."
Sally Kern, Oklahoma Republican Representative

"Women don't work as hard as men as they want more leisure time."    Sally Kern, Oklahoma Republican Representative

Sally continued   "I taught school for 20 years and I saw a lot of people of colour that didn't want to work as hard. They wanted it given to them."    Sally Kern, Oklahoma Republican Representative       It is beyond amazing that this Republican Skank taught school for 20 years.     Sally continued    "My husband is a pastor of a diverse inner-city church and the way that my words came out last night is certainly not my true spirit."     That her husband is a minister seems quite normal.     Religous people are the biggest haters on the face of the earth.

Sally Kern, Republican,  shared her racist and sexist thoughts with everyone gathered to consider a bill to end affirmative action.     Listen to the words of Sally Kern and you can see Oklahoma still needs affirmative action.    The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House by a vote of 59 - 14.     The Senate already passed the amendment.    Oklahomans will vote on it next year.     Appearently none of the Republicans were bothered by Sally Kern's speech.      Since we are saddled with a worthless lout like Bob Goodlatte I can't say too much more about Oklahoma.     We've got problems of our own.

For those of us who live in Amherst County this is not so shocking as it is for people who live in areas where Republicans pretend not to be racist and sexist.   For Amherst County Republicans this is par for the course.  

Here in Amherst County we are more worried about Republicans killing Social Security and Medicare.   Every day we hope the regular working people that vote republican will wake up and stop the GOP before everything we have is gone.   Once the middle class is gone it is over and no amount of regret at being so stupid will bring it back.  

It would be nice if local republicans weren't racist and bigots but the best I can do is attack them for it and force them to hide their true intentions.     President Barack Obama is the Commander and also a Black Man.    

Old grumpy bigoted racist Republicans have a lot of trouble with the Black Man Part and the GOP speaks to them in coded phrases that tell them   "He's Not One of Us, He wasn't Born Here, He Didn't Have the Grades to Get Into Top Schools.     At the same time the GOP takes away their social security and medicare and the pell grants their kids go to school on.

It is a test.     The GOP thinks Amherst County Republicans are dumb enough to give up everything to give the rich another tax break.      The GOP thinks Republicans are so bigoted and racist that nothing else matters to them.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party took the opportunity to retaliate and use her comment against Republicans as a whole by saying:    ''Rep Sally Kern's comments on the House Floor this evening in regards to SJR15 shows that discrimination is far from dead and affirmative action is still necessary in our great state."

"It saddens and angers me that the women and minorities of Oklahoma are represented by such bigotry and outright ignorance. "

"This rhetoric will drive new businesses and new jobs from our state.    All no votes on this bill will stand on the right side of history."      

Where do the Republicans get these Nut Jobs from?     The same place we got Goodlatte and Kline.     Does the GOP have a special farm where they inbreed these republicans?     I'll get Donald Trump to send a team of special investigators to find the farm and film its operation.     Don's got a few investigators with nothing to do since Obama released his long form birth certificate.
For those of us who live in Amherst County this is not so shocking as it is for people who live in areas
where Republicans pretend not to be racist and sexist.   For Amherst County Republicans this behavior is par for the course.  

Here in Amherst County we are more worried about Republicans killing Social Security and Medicare.   Every day we hope the regular working people that vote republican will wake up and stop the GOP before everything we have is gone.   Once the middle class is gone it is over and no amount of regret at being so stupid will bring it back.  

It would be nice if local republicans weren't racist and bigots
but the best I can do is attack them for it and force them to hide their true intentions.

The next day Sally said she had   "misspoke"  about African Americans and women and that she would like to apoligize if she had offended anyone, though she was sure no one in Oklahoma was thin skinned enough to be offended.      Sally said her heart was full of Jesus and her comments did not reflect the love she felt for all of Gods creatures, except Gays who are really dangerous and illegal aliens who sneak into the country and mow lawns.

Have you ever heard Congressman Bob Goodlatte apoligize for co sponsoring the birther bill?    The birther bill is Goodlattes way of being a racist without having to deal with it straight out.   Have you ever heard Goodlatte apoligize for voting against all bills for senior citizens?     Goodlatte is rated so low on the charts on senior issues that you don't even know he's there.

Do you ever hear anything at all from Ben Kline?     Does he draw any pay for his elected job?     What Does He Do?

Has Anybody Seen This Man?    Where Does He Live?

Bob Goodlatte, The Amherst paper says he believes in small government.      He's been in Washington for 20 years without acting on his beliefs unless padding his own pockets is one of those beliefs.

This is a real story, Sally Kern is a Real Bigot and Oklahoma Representative and a deeply religious woman with firmly held racist views and a mother.      None of the names were changed because there were no innocent people to protect.      Sally plans in the future to throw her hat in the ring for Oklahoma Governor and the odds makers say Sally is just the ticket that Oklahomians love.

Of the 435 Congress People Bob Goodlatte ranks high in the bottom 10 and were it not for a couple of clowns from Texas Bob would be the absolute bar none worst.      Nobody knows much about Ben Kline.     Ben just floats along below the radar surfacing only at election time, doing nothing everyday and doing it well.
Religon Plays a Big Part in Sally's Life

It turns out Sally has some strong views on gays also.    The Kern family is filled top to bottom with republican family values.     Here are a couple of words from her son who denies tht he is Gay.    Sally would not comment on the sexual persuasion of her son beyond making some sort of hand gesture that was sort of like the either/or sign.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The son of a state lawmaker who has condemned homosexuality as a worse threat to the U.S. than "terrorists or Islam"  said Friday he wants it known that he is "not gay."     Jesse Kern, son of Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said information purporting that he is gay, is not completely correct, and is damaging to himself and his life partner. 

Kern, 31, said he has attended a Baptist Church Deprogramming Camp and had been cured of the gay.     Kern, who said he is affiliated with the Des Moines School of Metaphysics, said that he chooses to be celibate, but he is not homosexual.

"First of all, my sexuality is no one's business.   It is not even my mother's business,"   he said.    "I practice celibacy to give to my God,"   he said.    Kern said metaphysics helps teach him such things as concentration, which has helped him keep focused with all the adverse publicity surrounding his mother's comments.
His father is a Baptist minister in Oklahoma City.     He said the purpose of sex is reproduction, and it is the function of the animal body.   "But we are more than animals, and we can use sex for a tool of deep relationship with another person."     Kern added that what is more important than whether it be a relationship with someone of the same sex, is that there  "needs to be honor in any deep relationship even if it is a gay relationship."

This is a republican nut job family and every clownish activity people can involve themselves in they are drawn to like iron shavings to a magnet.      The big mystery is WHY Oklahoma voters in the 84th district elected this loon lady to be their state representative?      Is she a clone of the other voters in Oklahoma's 84th state district or did they make a mistake in being attracted to her views?      This has all the makings of a Toby Keith song.     Too bad Toby quit show business.
Sally Kern

Republicans live in a dream world but Sallys got Jesus in her heart.    Her eye is on the sparrow.

Paul Ryan Sent Republicans a Wakeup
The GOP Wishes This Guy Would Shut Up.     Paul Ryan is driving Republicans out of the party in record numbers.      It seems the GOP Members are not a stupid as leadership thought they were.

Paul Ryan has exposed the Republicn Party for the what it really is.    Now everyone knows that the GOP represents big business and its only interest is in getting tax breaks for the rich.   Everyone knows the GOP wants to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Pell Grants for schooling.  

Before really dumb people didn't know the real agenda of the GOP.   The everyday, work for a living folks who voted republican
thinking they were just a little better than everyone else could lie to themselves and claim republicans represented them.   These small time republicans have been laid bare by Paul Ryan telling the truth about what the GOP wants to do.

What a wake up call Paul Ryan sent these rubes.    Now these folks know for a dead certain fact that they have been scammed by the republican party and they are ashamed of being duped.    It is hard to understand how these small time republicans talked trash all these years about working democrats and poor people and now discover the GOP has ZERO respect for them.   That the GOP tolerated them for their vote and their donations and nothing more.   That they have been used and are now being thrown away like a old dixie cup.

Every day I talk with formerly snooty, stuck up republicans who now see the real agenda of the GOP and listen to their stunned stories of disbelief about how the party fooled them.   How they can't believe the Republicans would end Medicare, end Social Security and put a stop to Pell Grants their children go to school on.    I know these former republicans were fooled, sold-out and done dirty by the GOP but I also see the damage their years of support for the Republican Party have done to normal working people.  

Now is the time for these folks to start to vote their interest and to help heal some of the pain their foolishness has caused..   God didn't create this earth for the sole enjoyeement of the rich.

You are one illness or layoff away from being the people you look down on and laugh at.   Don't you think its about time to remove the McCain/Palin bumper stickers off that gas hog you're driving?    If you're below 55 years of age the Republican Party wants to end your benefits to create a tax break for the rich.

The GOP will treat you like the fool you are but it is a non breakable Golden Rule that they NOT TAX THE WEALTHY.      You exist to serve the needs of the wealthy and for no other reason.      You are a Republican.

So you're 55 or older and Ryan say it won't affect you for the first 10 years of his program.   What are you going to do if you luck up and live 20 or 30 more years?    How do you feel about stiffing your
children, your younger brothers and sisters, your friends or people you don't know.   When your kids can't get the money to get a higher education can you afford to make up the difference or will the loss of their Pell Grants mean the loss of a higher education?  

What has the Republican Party turned You into?   Are you really stupid enough to be a Republican?

Our worthless Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte voted for the Ryan Plan and why shouldn't he.   It doesn't affect him in any way.   You have funded a $160,000 a year pension and medical care for the rest of his life for him and Bob has voted to end your Medicare, End your Social Security and End your childrens Pell Grants.   You should vote to end Bobs Free Ride in Congress.    You should vote to end Ben Kline's Free Ride in Richmond.   What is Ben Kline's position on the Paul Ryan take away everything you've got plan?

You have elected this jerk and it is up to you to hold him accountable.      Being a Republican means you never have to do your job.

6th District News
Bob Goodlatte Voted to End Medicare and Social Security

Here's Your Opportunity to tell Bob Goodlatte what You Think of His Support for Giving Your Medicare Away and Ending Your Social Security and Ending Your Childrens Pell Grants for School.   If you're fed up with Goodlatte then attend the meeting in your locality and let Bob know what you think.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced that he will be holding town hall meetings across the 6th Congressional District of Virginia. For constituents interested in attending one of Congressman Goodlatte’s town hall meetings, they will be held at the following times and locations:

Shenandoah Valley
Saturday, May 14th
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Turner Ashby High School
800 North Main Street

Saturday, May 14th
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Parry McCluer Middle School
2329 Chestnut Avenue
Buena Vista

LynchburgMonday, May 16th
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Miller Center Auditorium
301 Grove Street

Tuesday, May 17th
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Read Mountain Middle School
182 Orchard Hill Drive

Get together with a carload of friends and make the meeting in your locality.     Your safety net and benefits are at stake.     Republicans are dead set on stripping you of your benefits.

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Acclaimed Historian Douglas Brinkley Calls For NBC To Dump Trump, Corporate Sponsors To Pull Ads

NBC Remains Frozen, Execs Afraid To Make Decision, Don't Know Deplorable Behavior When Trunp Rubs It In Their Faces. 

Acclaimed historian and author Douglas Brinkley pinned the blame for the reemergence of birtherism on NBC Entertainment for giving real estate mogul Donald Trump a primetime platform.
Brinkley called on NBC to immediately drop Trump’s show, The Apprentice, from its lineup.     If NBC decides to keep Trump on the air, Brinkley called on corporate sponsors to pull their ads or face a massive consumer boycotts:
We don’t have to blame  “the media  for dealing with this issue. We have to blame NBC Entertainment.    They need to dump Trump from his primetime news show.     He’s a poison toad on the airwaves.     What corporate sponsor is going to be buying ad time for Donald Trump’s show.    Any company that goes into Trump and is willing to pay is going to find consumer boycott like they’ve never seen before.     If you are going to do what Trump did and go after the President of the United States in such a grotesque and disingenuous way you better cough up the goods. Today the Obama administration has shown what a charlatan Donald Trump really is.
Trump is a Foul Mouth Clown with an overblown opinion of himself.     Trump is a crude BlowHole.

Corporate sponsors of   “Celebrity Apprentice”   currently include: Enterprise Rental Car, Clorox, Sprint, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Walt Disney, and Groupon.      It appears that Groupon may have already pulled its ads but I'm leaving them on the list to make sure they get the message.     The sponsors appear willing to do the right thing.     It is NBC that is AWOL from good judgement.

These sponsors are easier to contact than NBC (NBC doesn't appear to give a dam about public opinion) and are concerned with their business interests.     They advertise to interest you in their products, not to anger you.     

NBC on the other hand is completely irresponsible and has poorly handeled this situation.    NBC think their network is a super market tabolid and the more furor Trump provokes the better.     NBC needs to replace its entire management team and issue an open apology for their past actions.

It doesn't take much smarts to know you don't want your product associated with Donald Trump.     NBC lacks that minimal level of awareness and respect for the viewing public.      The Peacock is ready to go belly up and stop breathing.    

ACVDN has contacted NBC and all sponsors of the Apprentice to register disapproval of their conduct and involvement with Trump and his TV show.    We call for a  boycott of all sponsors.     There is No Excuse for Inaction By NBC who should have handeled this problem weeks ago.      NBC has allowed this grotesque attack on the President of the United States by one of their employees and NBC is too stupid to know this is wrong.     NBC can't control Donald Trump and they are too lax at doing their job to cancell his show and distance themselves from him.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama Picks Kaine to Run for Senate

Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate

In an effort to finally put to rest questions about where he was born, the White House on Wednesday released President Obama's long-form birth certificate.

Mr. Obama had in 2008 released on the Internet his  "certificate of birth"  -- a short-form birth certificate provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state -- but that failed to quell rumors that
the president was born outside of the U.S.

Those rumors were brought back into the forefront of discussion in recent weeks thanks to questions from Donald " The Great Republican BlowHole" Trump, a potential 2012 Republican presidential contender, who has said he is unconvinced of the
president's origins.     A recent CBS News/ New York Times poll showed that one in four Americans incorrectly believe Mr. Obama was born outside of the United States.

The White House today said it took the effort to release Mr. Obama's long-form birth certificate so that the nation can move on from this  "fake issue."

"At a time of great consequence for this country - when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue,"   White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the
White House blog.     "The President's hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country."

As the White House continued to receive requests for the president's birth certificate, Mr. Obama finally directed his legal counsel to ask the Hawaii State Department of Health to break their protocol and
release his long-form birth certificate.     According to the White House, the state granted the exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.

The White House today also handed out to reporters in the press briefing room copies of Mr. Obama's birth certificate.

"The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country,"   Pfeiffer wrote.      "It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country."

Here's the ACVDN Bottom Line.      Nothing will satisfy these nut job birther conspiracy idiots, Nothing.     They are already asking to see the President's school records.     Its no secret, You don't like President Obama.     Thats why we have elections, so you get to try and elect someone you like.     If you get an old boreing white GOP conservative then good for you.     If not learn to live with the decision the voters made.     Thats America.

Tim Kaine and President Obama

As Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean used a 50 state stragedy to give Democrats contol of the House by huge margins, the Senate by 9  and the White House.   After such a performance you would think Dean would be a shoe in to continue to function in that position.  

Enter newly elected President Barack Obama to appoint his old friend Tim Kaine as the new Chairman of the D.N.C. and it is all down hill from there.   Tim oversaw the stragedy for a mid term election that reversed the House and left it in Republican control by a wide and embarrising margin.   A loss of seats like nothing seen in modern times.   Tim's brillance would have delivered the Senate to the Republicans except for some really poor candidates being chosen by the GOP. 
Now as Jim Webb announces his retirement after one term in the Senate enter President Obama again as he selects and pressures his old friend Tim Kaine to run for that Senate seat.   I don't want to rain on anybodies parade but Tim Kaine will most likely be a private citizen when the votes are counted for that Senate race.  

Obama should let the state party recruit it own candidate and distance himself from the stigma of picking losers.

Here's what Obama had to say about Dean.   “We are in a strong position to rebuild a Democratic Party committed to these principles because of the outstanding work of its current chairman,”   Mr. Obama said, adding.    “Having steered the Democratic Party through two successful elections, Howard deserves enormous credit for helping usher in a new era in Washington.”     Obama continued   “He(Dean) launched a 50-state strategy that made Democrats competitive in places they had 
not been in years, working with my chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, to give Democrats a majority in the House for the first time in over a decade."

Then Obama turned the reins of the D.N.C over to Kaine and the rest is history.   All that Howad Dean had built for the Democratic Party blew away like dry leaves in a stiff wind under the control of Tim Kaine.     If Kaine had a mule I could mistake him for Creigh Deeds.

As Democrats we will vote for Kaine because we have no where else to go.    

After taking over the D.N.C. Kains first act was to dismiss the 183 DNC field organizers and terminate the 50 State Strategy.   With Kaine's new direction Democrats were suddenly losing elections.

For four years under Howard Dean the Democratic National Committee funded a 50 state strategy which paid for DNC 
field organizers on the ground in every state.     These organizers built local and county organizations which assisted candidates at every level.     I have no idea what stragedy Kaine used but whatever it was it was a complete failure.

Tim Kaine, David Axelrod, and Rahm Emmanuel   (Obama's team of friends)   killed the Dean stragedy and nothing has worked right since.

Now Tim will run for the open Senate seat. 

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Unions Get More Selective With Their Money

It is no secret that Unions donate heavily to Democrats and it is also no secret Democrats do dam little for the money.    Democrats are weak in the knee and lacking in spine and Unions are starting to redirect the money to local elections where the candidates have the courage to stand up for workers values.   If and when the House and Senate Democrats develop the spine to stand up and fight for workers the money will return.   Until the situation corrects itself there will be no more money thrown down a rat hole.
Take The Money and Vote Against The Worker

Democrats receive 90 percent or more from ActBlueAmerican Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees,    American Assn for Justice,     Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, National Education Assn,    Laborers Union,    Teamsters Union,    Service Employees International Union,    American Federation of Teachers,    Communications Workers of America,    United Auto Workers,    Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union,    United Food & Commercial Workers Union, EMILY's List,   AFL-CIO,     Sheet Metal Workers Union, Plumbers & Pipefitters Union,    United Steelworkers,   Ironworkers Union,    American Postal Workers Union,    Human Rights Campaign,    Saban Capital Group,    Transport Workers Union,    National Cmte for an Effective Congress, Amalgamated Transit Union.

This oversight of Union Funds should have happened long ago when politicians first got lazy and worthless and started concentrating on their own re-elections and neglected the people's needs.

Republicans receive 90 percent or more from Club for Growth, Associated Builders & Contractors,   Amway/Alticor Inc, National Fedn of Independent Business.   Republicans stand up for and fight the battles of the people they receive donations from.

A wake up call is being directed to Democrats, your free ride is over.
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The House Republican budget ends Medicare and doubles the costs to seniors.
Ryan’s Budget Attempts to End Medicare and Shift Costs to Seniors

Medicare as we know it would end for new beneficiaries in 2022 under the House Republican budget proposal.    It would be replaced with a government voucher that would be paid directly to private insurance companies.    This system would double costs to seniors.     The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, concluded that  “most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system.”
Seniors would pay more for two reasons.    First, the Ryan plan forces future beneficiaries out of the
traditional Medicare plan into a more expensive private plan.     In 2022 65-year-olds would be forced to pay twice as much for care than they would under Medicare:   $12,500 compared to $6,150.      The same holds true
for 65-year-olds in 2030.     They would be forced to pay $20,713 compared to $9,138 under Medicare.  

Second, the House Republican plan forces seniors to pay a larger share of their health costs over time since the value of the voucher in the House Republican budget plan increases at a slower rate than
medical costs, according to the Congressional Budget Office.    The Ryan proposal calls for 65-year-olds to contribute $12,513 of the estimated $20,513 total cost of their health care in 2022, including premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, or 61 percent.     They are expected to pay $20,713 of the $30,460 in total costs in 2030, or 68 percent .

In other words, the House Republican budget proposal does not control health care costs. It just shifts
them on to seniors.

Rep. Ryan claims that under his plan seniors will be enrolled in the same plan members of Congress and
federal employees receive. This is not accurate.     Federal employees receive a  “consistent level”  of contributions to health costs.    Under Rep. Ryan’s plan the government voucher would not keep pace with increases in medical costs, meaning seniors would be forced to pay more of the cost.

According to the Office of Personnel Management:   The Government's share of premiums paid is set by law.     Amendments to the FEHB law under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-33, approved August 5, 1997) authorized a new formula for calculating the Government contribution effective with the contract year that begins in January 1999.    This formula is
known as the  "Fair Share"  formula because it will maintain a consistent level of Government contributions, as a percentage of total program costs, regardless of which health plan enrollees elect.

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) made this very same point in a letter to his colleagues:    Health care vouchers for seniors will be calculated in advance, and not based on the actual cost of
premium increases—meaning that every year as premiums go up, seniors will be stuck paying a greater portion of the bill.     This is not the case for Members of Congress.      When the plan takes effect in 2022,
the average senior would receive $8,000 to buy insurance.     Plans for Members of Congress cost $9,012in 2010.    What kind of health care plan will $8,000 buy in 2022 for our sickest and oldest seniors, when $9000 can’t buy a plan for a Member of Congress today?

Rep. Ryan repeatedly tries to distinguish his Medicare proposal, which he calls  “premium support,”  or government support indexed to pay a constant share of average health care costs, from a voucher plan, or government support tied to a price index.     His proposal is a voucher to private insurance companies, plain
and simple, and he himself essentially concedes that point.     And former and current proponents of   “premium support”  agree.

Alice Rivlin, the former Office of Management and Budget director under President Bill Clinton, worked
with Rep. Ryan on a deficit reduction proposal and has supported  “premium support”  in the past.    But Rivlin said she could not support the Medicare proposal because it eliminated the traditional Medicare choice and lowered the rate of growth of the Medicare voucher beyond what is “defensible.”

Henry Aaron, a health economist and co-founder of the  “premium support”  concept, challenges the arbitrary
and draconian growth rate of Rep. Ryan’s proposed voucher and has moved away from the “premium support”  concept for three reasons.

First, he finds little reason to believe there are adequate regulations and safeguards to ensure seniors make informed choices.      

Second, he believes the gains from choosing among insurance have been exaggerated.

And third, the Affordable Care Act now authorizes Medicare to use its purchasing power to spur delivery reforms, which he believes is the right direction to go.

The House Republican budget plan is another conservative attempt to end Medicare as we know it and
replace it with a voucher paid to private insurance companies.     The plan forces future seniors into a more expensive private plan in 2022, doubling the cost to seniors.     The Republican budget plan lowers federal Medicare costs by shifting more of the burden on to seniors.     That burden becomes larger over time since the value of the voucher does not keep pace with the increase in health care costs.

While conservatives may celebrate the House Republican budget for pursuing their ideological agenda, the
real consequences of this proposal will be most felt by our seniors.

Don't let the Republicans kill Medicare.

For nearly 50 years, Medicare has been a cornerstone of our nation's commitment to our seniors, and along with Social Security, an invaluable tool for keeping them from falling into poverty.

And now the Republican Party wants to kill it.

Led by Representative Paul Ryan (aka, "Privatizing Ryan"), the party is pushing to eliminate Medicare as we know it, and replace it with a ludicrous privatized system where seniors are given vouchers to try to buy coverage from private, for-profit insurance companies.     The very same companies that have over and over again denied coverage to senior citizens.

Medicare as we know it would end for new beneficiaries in 2022 under the House Republican budget proposal.     It would be replaced with a government voucher that would be paid directly to private insurance companies.     This system would double costs to seniors.     The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, concluded that  "most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system."

Don't let them kill Medicare. Don't let them rip a gaping hole in the senior safety net.     Write Congress today, and demand that your officials pledge to support Medicare -- not destroy it.

Make no mistake about it -- this plan would end Medicare as we know it.     It would take a system where seniors are guaranteed coverage, and replace it with one where they would be at the mercy of for-profit companies.

The worst part?     For many seniors, these vouchers wouldn't be anywhere close to enough to purchase coverage.     Many would simply go without out insurance, and have no way of paying for health care.

Ironically, the very same Republicans that spread lies about  "death panels"  are now the ones essentially advocating a system of de facto death panels.     Instead of addressing the real causes of high health care costs, they are trying to deny care to those least able to afford it.

And shockingly, some Democrats are indicating they might get on board with this.

Don't let them rip a gaping hole in the senior safety net.    Write Congress today, and demand that your officials pledge to support Medicare -- not kill it.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

We Can't Balance The Budget or Pay Down The Debt

"I Understand Old People"

The Amherst County Republican Party is collecting money to build a statue of Paul Ryan to be located somewhere near the traffic circle on Route 60 or Richmond Highway as it is sometimes called.   Ryan is the new hero of Republicans all across America with his plan to end Medicare and Medicade and reduce taxes on the top 2% ( those making above a quarter of a million dollars a year) from 35% to 25%.                             "The rich pay too much in taxes."
"Republicans are Erecting a Statue of Me"

 Each senior citizen would contribute an extra $6,400 per year to the cost of their medical care and this savings could be used for tax breaks for the wealthy and to fund a healthy increase for the Pentagon budget.   In a few short years the Ryan plan ends Medicare completely and puts the seniors on their own aided by a cupon from the government to cover part of their insurance costs.   The cupon value would stay the same as the costs increase over the years for the seniors insurance and this would save the government more and more money over time as seniors pick up more and more of the costs.
"My Plan is a Winner"

The Ryan plan puts the seniors in charge of their own healthcare and allows them the opportunity to negotiate the costs of their care with the insurance companies.   Also Social Security would be scaled back by about 40% and means testing would remove many from the rolls immediately.   The Ryan plan puts seniors in charge of their lives and gets government off their backs and allows the free market to rule the day.
"My GrandPa Quit Talking to Me"

Republicans love this Ryan plan and are excited and anxious to donate money to purchase the statue so we will stay on top of this issue and provide the address to send your donations to as soon as it is available.   Pigeons are excited to have a place to sit in their future so it is a win-win for everybody.
"Killing Medicare is the Right Thing to Do"

6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte fully supports the Ryan Plan and said that it was the finest offering he had seen in his 20 years in Congress.    Goodlatte will draw 80% of the highest salary he received while in Congress as retirement and feels he can live comfortably on 165 thousand a year.    

"Why Does Ryan Get a Statue and Not Me"

If you are a regular reader you already know Goodlatte always votes against seniors and has the lowest rank on senior issues that the tracking organizations give.     Bob's favorite saying is "I've got mine, F-U".     Bob Goodlatte and the Republican Party have sold senior citizens down the river so they can give more to their rich supporters.     I think the Republican rank and file are waking up to this fact,  I could be wrong they have been sleeping a long time.

We Can't Balance The Budget or Pay Down The Debt and I will tell you why we have this problem and How To Solve It.

Here's How we do it.    Locate the On/Off switch on the War Machine and turn it off.   

I'm almost 62 years old and I have not lived one second of my life when the United States was not involved in an armed conflict, war or expensive CIA Operation.    You have every right to ask me to prove this statement so I will.   I'll start a few years prior to my birth and walk it thru to our latest adventure in Lybia.   

[RL30172] refers to Congressional Research Service report RL30172, as posted by the Naval Historical Center and is a reference for this information.    It is in PDF format and should
you desire to read it here's the url.

The Politicians of Both Parties Know about this but the War Machine feeds the Political parties Full Time.   


1945 – China. In October 50,000 US Marines were sent to North China to assist Chinese Nationalist authorities in disarming and repatriating the Japanese in China and in controlling ports, railroads, and airfields.    This was in addition to approximately 60,000 US forces remaining in China at the end of World War II.[RL30172]

1945–49 – Occupation of part of Germany.
1945–55 – Occupation of part of Austria.
1945–46 – Occupation of part of Italy.
1945–52 – Occupation of Japan.

1944–46 – Temporary reoccupation of the Philippines during WWII and in preparation for previously scheduled independence.

1945–47 – US Marines garrisoned in mainland China to oversee the removal of Soviet and Japanese forces after World War II.

1945–49 – Post WWII occupation of South Korea; North Korean insurgency in Republic of Korea.

1946 – Trieste (Italy). President Truman ordered the increase of US troops along the zonal occupation line and the reinforcement of air forces in northern Italy after Yugoslav forces shot down an unarmed US Army transport plane flying over Venezia Giulia..[citation needed] Earlier US naval units had been sent to the scene.[RL30172] Later the Free Territory of Trieste, Zone A.

1947 - Greece. US Marines land in Athens and assist in the re-establishment of monarchy and the arrest of Greek Communists.

1948 – Palestine. A marine consular guard was sent to Jerusalem to protect the US Consul General.    [RL30172]

1948 – Berlin. Berlin Airlift After the Soviet Union established a land blockade of the US, British, and French sectors of Berlin on June 24, 1948, the United States and its allies airlifted supplies to Berlin until after the blockade was lifted in May 1949.   [RL30172]

1948–49 – China. Marines were dispatched to Nanking to protect the American Embassy when the city fell to Communist troops, and to Shanghai to aid in the protection and evacuation of Americans.[RL30172]


1950–53 – Korean War. The United States responded to North Korean invasion of South Korea by going to its assistance, pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions. US forces deployed in Korea exceeded 300,000 during the last year of the conflict. Over 36,600 US military were killed in action.[RL30172]
Please Note We are Still in Korea Today, More than 60 Years later.

1950–55 – Formosa (Taiwan). In June 1950 at the beginning of the Korean War, President Truman ordered the US Seventh Fleet to prevent Chinese Communist attacks upon Formosa and Chinese Nationalist operations against mainland China.[RL30172]

1954–55 – China. Naval units evacuated US civilians and military personnel from the Tachen Islands.   [RL30172]

1955–64 – Vietnam. First military advisors sent to Vietnam on 12 Feb 1955. By 1964, US troop levels had grown to 21,000.    On 7 August 1964, US Congress approved Gulf of Tonkin resolution affirming   "All necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States. . .to prevent further aggression. . . (and) assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asian Collective Defense Treaty (SEATO) requesting assistance. . ."   [Vietnam timeline]

1956 – Egypt. A marine battalion evacuated US nationals and other persons from Alexandria during the Suez crisis.   [RL30172]

1958 – Lebanon. Lebanon crisis of 1958 Marines were landed in Lebanon at the invitation of President Camille Chamoun to help protect against threatened insurrection supported from the outside. The President's action was supported by a Congressional resolution passed in 1957 that authorized such actions in that area of the world.[RL30172]

1959–60 – The Caribbean. Second Marine Ground Task Force was deployed to protect US nationals following the Cuban revolution.[RL30172]

1959–75 – Vietnam War. US military advisers had been in South Vietnam for a decade, and their numbers had been increased as the military position of the Saigon government became weaker.   After citing what he termed were attacks on US destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf, President Johnson asked in August 1964 for a resolution expressing US determination to support freedom and protect peace in Southeast Asia.    Congress responded with the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, expressing support for  "all necessary measures"  the President might take to repel armed attacks against US forces and prevent further aggression.    Following this resolution, and following a Communist attack on a US installation in central Vietnam, the United States escalated its participation in the war to a peak of 543,000 military personnel by April 1969.   [RL30172]


1962 – Thailand. The Third Marine Expeditionary Unit landed on May 17, 1962 to support that country during the threat of Communist pressure from outside; by July 30, the 5,000 marines had been withdrawn.    [RL30172]

1962 – Cuba. Cuban Missile Crisis On October 22, President Kennedy instituted a "quarantine" on the shipment of offensive missiles to Cuba from the Soviet Union.    He also warned Soviet Union that the launching of any missile from Cuba against nations in the Western Hemisphere would bring about US nuclear
retaliation on the Soviet Union.    A negotiated settlement was achieved in a few days.    [RL30172]

1962–75 – Laos. From October 1962 until 1975, the United States played an important role in military support of anti-Communist forces in Laos.    [RL30172]

1964 – Congo (Zaire). The United States sent four transport planes to provide airlift for Congolese troops during a rebellion and to transport Belgian paratroopers to rescue foreigners.  [RL30172]

1965 – Invasion of Dominican Republic. Operation Power Pack. The United States intervened to protect lives and property during a Dominican revolt and sent 20,000 US troops as fears grew that the
revolutionary forces were coming increasingly under Communist control.    [RL30172]

1967 – Israel.   The USS Liberty incident, whereupon a United States Navy Technical Research Ship was attacked June 8, 1967 by Israeli armed forces, killing 34 and wounding more than 170 U.S. crew members.

1967 – Congo (Zaire). The United States sent three military transport aircraft with crews to provide the Congo central government with logistical support during a revolt.   [RL30172]

1968 – Laos and Cambodia.   U.S. starts secret bombing campaign against targets along the Ho Chi Minh trail in the sovereign nations of Cambodia and Laos. The bombings last at least two years.  


1970 – Cambodian Campaign.   US troops were ordered into Cambodia to clean out Communist sanctuaries from which Viet Cong and North Vietnamese attacked US and South Vietnamese forces in Vietnam.   The object of this attack, which lasted from April 30 to June 30, was to ensure the continuing safe withdrawal of
American forces from South Vietnam and to assist the program of Vietnamization.   [RL30172]

1973 – Operation Nickel Grass, a strategic airlift operation conducted by the United States to deliver weapons and supplies to Israel during the Yom Kippur War.

1974 – Evacuation from Cyprus. United States naval forces evacuated US civilians during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.[RL30172]

1975 – Evacuation from Vietnam. Operation Frequent Wind. On April 3, 1975, President Ford reported US naval vessels, helicopters, and Marines had been sent to assist in evacuation of refugees and US nationals from Vietnam.    [RL30172]

1975 – Evacuation from Cambodia. Operation Eagle Pull. On April 12, 1975, President Ford reported that he had ordered US military forces to proceed with the planned evacuation of US citizens from Cambodia.     [RL30172]

1975 – South Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, President Ford reported that a force of 70 evacuation helicopters and 865 Marines had evacuated about 1,400 US citizens and 5,500 third country nationals and South Vietnamese from landing zones in and around the US Embassy, Saigon and Tan Son Nhut Airport.    [RL30172]

1975 – Cambodia. Mayagüez Incident.    On May 15, 1975, President Ford reported he had ordered military forces to retake the SS Mayagüez, a merchant vessel which was seized from Cambodian naval patrol boats in international waters and forced to proceed to a nearby island.    [RL30172]

1976 – Lebanon. On July 22 and 23, 1976, helicopters from five US naval vessels evacuated approximately 250 Americans and Europeans from Lebanon during fighting between Lebanese factions after an overland convoy evacuation had been blocked by hostilities.    [RL30172]

1976 – Korea. Additional forces were sent to Korea after two American soldiers were killed by North Korean soldiers in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea while cutting down a tree.    [RL30172]

1978 – Zaire (Congo). From May 19 through June 1978, the United States utilized military transport aircraft to provide logistical support to Belgian and French rescue operations in Zaire.   [RL30172]


1980 – Iran. Operation Eagle Claw. On April 26, 1980, President Carter reported the use of six U.S. transport planes and eight helicopters in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran.

1981 – El Salvador. After a guerrilla offensive against the government of El Salvador, additional US military advisers were sent to El Salvador, bringing the total to approximately 55, to assist in training government forces in counterinsurgency.   [RL30172]

1981 – Libya. First Gulf of Sidra Incident On August 19, 1981, US planes based on the carrier USS Nimitz shot down two Libyan jets over the Gulf of Sidra after one of the Libyan jets had fired a heat-seeking missile.    The United States periodically held freedom of navigation exercises in the Gulf of Sidra, claimed by Libya as territorial waters but considered international waters by the United States.    [RL30172]

1982 – Sinai. On March 19, 1982, President Reagan reported the deployment of military personnel and equipment to participate in the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai.    Participation had been authorized by the Multinational Force and Observers Resolution, Public Law 97-132.    [RL30172]

1982 – Lebanon. Multinational Force in Lebanon. On August 21, 1982, President Reagan reported the dispatch of 800 Marines to serve in the multinational force to assist in the withdrawal of members of the Palestine Liberation force from Beirut.    The Marines left September 20, 1982.   [RL30172]

1982–83 – Lebanon. On September 29, 1982, President Reagan reported the deployment of 1200 marines to serve in a temporary multinational force to facilitate the restoration of Lebanese government sovereignty.    On September 29, 1983, Congress passed the Multinational Force in Lebanon Resolution (P.L.
98-119) authorizing the continued participation for eighteen months.[RL30172]

1983 – Egypt. After a Libyan plane bombed a city in Sudan on March 18, 1983, and Sudan and Egypt appealed
for assistance, the United States dispatched an AWACS electronic surveillance plane to Egypt.[RL30172]

1983 – Grenada. Operation Urgent Fury. Citing the increased threat of Soviet and Cuban influence and noting the development of an international airport following a bloodless Grenada coup d'état and
alignment with the Soviets and Cuba, the U.S. invades the sovereign island nation of Grenada.    [RL30172]

1983–89 – Honduras.    In July 1983 the United States undertook a series of exercises in Honduras that some believed might lead to conflict with Nicaragua.    On March 25, 1986, unarmed US military helicopters and crewmen ferried Honduran troops to the Nicaraguan border to repel Nicaraguan troops.   [RL30172]

1983 – Chad.    On August 8, 1983, President Reagan reported the deployment of two AWACS electronic surveillance planes and eight F-15 fighter planes and ground logistical support forces to assist Chad against Libyan and rebel forces.   [RL30172]

1984 – Persian Gulf.    On June 5, 1984, Saudi Arabian jet fighter planes, aided by intelligence from a US AWACS electronic surveillance aircraft and fueled by a U.S. KC-10 tanker, shot down two Iranian fighter planes over an area of the Persian Gulf proclaimed as a protected zone for shipping.   [RL30172]

1985 – Italy.    On October 10, 1985, US Navy pilots intercepted an Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Sicily.    The airliner was carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro who had killed an American citizen during the hijacking.   [RL30172]

1986 – Libya.     Action in the Gulf of Sidra (1986) On March 26, 1986, President Reagan reported on March 24 and 25, US forces, while engaged in freedom of navigation exercises around the Gulf of Sidra, had been attacked by Libyan missiles and the United States had responded with missiles.   [RL30172]

1986 – Libya.     Operation El Dorado Canyon.   On April 16, 1986, President Reagan reported that U.S. air and naval forces had conducted bombing strikes on terrorist facilities and military installations in the Libyan capitol of Tripoli, claiming that Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi was responsible for a bomb
attack at a German disco that killed two U.S. soldiers.   [RL30172]

1986 – Bolivia.    U.S. Army personnel and aircraft assisted Bolivia in anti-drug operations.   [RL30172]

1987 – Persian Gulf.    USS Stark was struck on May 17 by two Exocet antiship missiles fired from an Iraqi F-1 Mirage during the Iran-Iraq War killing 37 US Navy sailors.

1987 – Persian Gulf.    Operation Nimble Archer.    Attacks on two Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf by United States Navy forces on October 19.    The attack was a response to Iran's October 16, 1987 attack on the MV Sea Isle City, a reflagged Kuwaiti oil tanker at anchor off Kuwait, with a Silkworm missile.

1987–88 – Persian Gulf.    Operation Earnest Will - After the Iran-Iraq War (the Tanker War phase) resulted in several military incidents in the Persian Gulf, the United States increased US joint military forces operations in the Persian Gulf and adopted a policy of reflagging and escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers through the Persian Gulf to protect them from Iraqi and Iranian attacks.    President Reagan reported that US ships had been fired upon or struck mines or taken other military action on September 21 (Iran Ajr),
October 8, and October 19, 1987 and April 18 (Operation Praying Mantis), July 3, and July 14, 1988.    The United States gradually reduced its forces after a cease-fire between Iran and Iraq on August 20, 1988.    [RL30172]     It was the largest naval convoy operation since World War II.

1987–88 – Persian Gulf.    Operation Prime Chance was a United States Special Operations Command operation intended to protect U.S. -flagged oil tankers from Iranian attack during the Iran-Iraq War.    The operation took place roughly at the same time as Operation Earnest Will.

1988 – Persian Gulf. Operation Praying Mantis was the April 18, 1988 action waged by U.S. naval forces in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf and the subsequent damage to an American warship.

1988 – Honduras.    Operation Golden Pheasant was an emergency deployment of U.S. troops to Honduras in 1988, as a result of threatening actions by the forces of the (then socialist) Nicaraguans.

1988 – USS Vincennes shoot down of Iran Air Flight 655

1988 – Panama.    In mid-March and April 1988, during a period of instability in Panama and as the United States increased pressure on Panamanian head of state General Manuel Noriega to resign, the United States sent 1,000 troops to Panama, to  "further safeguard the canal, US lives, property and interests in the area."     The forces supplemented 10,000 US military personnel already in the Panama Canal Zone.[RL30172]

1989 – Libya.    Second Gulf of Sidra Incident On January 4, 1989, two US Navy F-14 aircraft based on the USS John F. Kennedy shot down two Libyan jet fighters over the Mediterranean Sea about 70 miles north of Libya.     The US pilots said the Libyan planes had demonstrated hostile intentions.    [RL30172]

1989 – Panama.     On May 11, 1989, in response to General Noriega's disregard of the results of the Panamanian election, President Bush ordered a brigade-sized force of approximately 1,900 troops to augment the estimated 1,000 U.S. forces already in the area.    [RL30172]

1989 – Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru.    Andean Initiative in War on Drugs.    On September 15, 1989, President Bush announced that military and law enforcement assistance would be sent to help the Andean nations of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru combat illicit drug producers and traffickers.    By mid-September there were 50–100 US military advisers in Colombia in connection with transport and training in the use of military equipment, plus seven Special Forces teams of 2–12 persons to train troops in the three countries.

1989 – Philippines. Operation Classic Resolve. On December 2, 1989, President Bush reported that on December 1, Air Force fighters from Clark Air Base in Luzon had assisted the Aquino government to repel a coup attempt.    In addition, 100 marines were sent from U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay to protect the United
States Embassy in Manila.    [RL30172]

1989–90 – Panama.    Operation Just Cause.    On December 21, 1989, President Bush reported that he had ordered US military forces to Panama to protect the lives of American citizens and bring General Noriega to justice.    By February 13, 1990, all the invasion forces had been withdrawn.    [RL30172]     Around 200 Panamanian civilians were reported killed.    The Panamanian head of state, General Manuel Noriega, was captured and brought to the U.S.


1990 – Liberia.   On August 6, 1990, President Bush reported that a reinforced rifle company had been sent to provide additional security to the US Embassy in Monrovia, and that helicopter teams had evacuated U.S. citizens from Liberia.    [RL30172]

1990 – Saudi Arabia.    On August 9, 1990, President Bush reported that he had ordered the forward deployment of substantial elements of the US armed forces into the Persian Gulf region to help defend
Saudi Arabia after the August 2 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.     On November 16, 1990, he reported the continued buildup of the forces to ensure an adequate offensive military option.   [RL30172]

American hostages being held in Iran.   [RL30172]

1991 – Persian Gulf War. Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. On January 16, 1991, U.S. forces attacked Iraqi forces and military targets in Iraq and Kuwait in conjunction with a coalition of allies and under United Nations Security Council resolutions. Combat operations ended on February 28, 1991.[RL30172]

1991 – Iraq.    On May 17, 1991, President Bush stated that the Iraqi repression of the Kurdish people had necessitated a limited introduction of U.S. forces into northern Iraq for emergency relief purposes.    [RL30172]

1991 – Zaire.     On September 25–27, 1991, after widespread looting and rioting broke out in Kinshasa, Air Force C-141s transported 100 Belgian troops and equipment into Kinshasa. American planes also carried 300 French troops into the Central African Republic and hauled evacuated American citizens.[RL30172]

1991–96 – Iraq.    Operation Provide Comfort. Delivery of humanitarian relief and military protection for Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq, by a small Allied ground force based in Turkey.

1992 – Sierra Leone.     Operation Silver Anvil. Following the April 29 coup that overthrew President Joseph Saidu Momoh, a United States European Command (USEUCOM) Joint Special Operations Task Force evacuated 438 people (including 42 third-country nationals) on May 3 .Two Air Mobility Command (AMC) C-141s flew 136 people from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to the Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany and nine C-130 sorties carried another 302 people to Dakar, Senegal.    [RL30172]

1992–96 – Bosnia and Herzegovina.    Operation Provide Promise was a humanitarian relief operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Yugoslav Wars, from July 2, 1992, to January 9, 1996, which made it the longest running humanitarian airlift in history.

1992 – Kuwait.    On August 3, 1992, the United States began a series of military exercises in Kuwait, following Iraqi refusal to recognize a new border drawn up by the United Nations and refusal to cooperate with UN inspection teams.    [RL30172]

1992–2003 – Iraq.    Iraqi No-Fly Zones The U.S. together with the United Kingdom declares and enforces "no fly zones" over the majority of sovereign Iraqi airspace, prohibiting Iraqi flights in zones in southern Iraq and northern Iraq, and conducting aerial reconnaissance and bombings. (See also Operation Northern
Watch, Operation Southern Watch)     [RL30172]

1992–95 – Somalia.     Operation Restore Hope. Somali Civil War On December 10, 1992, President Bush reported that he had deployed US armed forces to Somalia in response to a humanitarian crisis and a UN Security Council Resolution. The operation came to an end on May 4, 1993. US forces continued to participate in
the successor United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II). (See also Battle of Mogadishu)    [RL30172]

1993 – Macedonia.    On July 9, 1993, President Clinton reported the deployment of 350 US soldiers to the Republic of Macedonia to participate in the UN Protection Force to help maintain stability in the area of former Yugoslavia.    [RL30172]

1994–95 – Haiti.    Operation Uphold Democracy.    U.S. ships had begun embargo against Haiti.    Up to 20,000 US military troops were later deployed to Haiti.    [RL30172]

1994 – Macedonia.    On April 19, 1994, President Clinton reported that the US contingent in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had been increased by a reinforced company of 200 personnel.    [RL30172]

1995 – Bosnia.    Operation Deliberate Force. NATO bombing of Bosnian Serbs.   [RL30172]

1996 – Liberia.    Operation Assured Response.   On April 11, 1996, President Clinton reported that on April 9, 1996 due to the "deterioration of the security situation and the resulting threat to American citizens" in Liberia he had ordered U.S. military forces to evacuate from that country "private U.S. citizens and certain third-country nationals who had taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy  compound...."[RL30172]

1996 – Central African Republic.    Operation Quick Response.   On May 23, 1996, President Clinton reported the deployment of US military personnel to Bangui, Central African Republic, to conduct the evacuation from that country of "private U.S. citizens and certain U.S. government employees, " and to provide "enhanced security for the American Embassy in Bangui."   [RL30172]   United States Marine Corps elements of Joint Task Force Assured Response , responding in nearby Liberia, provided security to the embassy and evacuated 448 people, including between 190 and 208 Americans.    The last Marines left Bangui on June 22.

1997 – Albania.    Operation Silver Wake. On March 13, 1997, U.S. military forces were used to evacuate certain U.S. government employees and private U.S. citizens from Tirana, Albania.[RL30172]

1997 – Congo and Gabon.     On March 27, 1997, President Clinton reported on March 25, 1997, a standby evacuation force of U.S. military personnel had been deployed to Congo and Gabon to provide enhanced security and to be available for any necessary evacuation operation.    [RL30172]

1997 – Sierra Leone.    On May 29 and May 30, 1997, U.S. military personnel were deployed to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to prepare for and undertake the evacuation of certain U.S. government employees and private U.S. citizens.    [RL30172]

1997 – Cambodia.    On July 11, 1997, In an effort to ensure the security of American citizens in Cambodia during a period of domestic conflict there, a Task Force of about 550 U.S. military personnel were deployed at Utapao Air Base in Thailand for possible evacuations.     [RL30172]

1998 – Iraq.     Operation Desert Fox. U.S. and British forces conduct a major four-day bombing campaign from December 16–19, 1998 on Iraqi targets.    [RL30172]

1998 – Guinea-Bissau.    Operation Shepherd Venture. On June 10, 1998, in response to an army mutiny in Guinea-Bissau endangering the US Embassy, President Clinton deployed a standby evacuation force of US military personnel to Dakar, Senegal, to evacuate from the city of Bissau.    [RL30172]

1998–99 – Kenya and Tanzania.     US military personnel were deployed to Nairobi, Kenya, to coordinate the medical and disaster assistance related to the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.     [RL30172]

1998 – Afghanistan and Sudan.    Operation Infinite Reach.    On August 20, air strikes were used against two suspected terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical factory in Sudan.   [RL30172]

1998 – Liberia.     On September 27, 1998 America deployed a stand-by response and evacuation force of 30 US military personnel to increase the security force at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.     [RL30172]

1999–2001 - East Timor.     Limited number of U.S. military forces deployed with the United Nations-mandated International Force for East Timor restore peace to East Timor.    [RL30172]

1999 – Serbia. Operation Allied Force. NATO's bombing of Serbia in the Kosovo Conflict.     [RL30172]


   2000 – Sierra Leone. On May 12, 2000 a US Navy patrol craft deployed to Sierra Leone to support evacuation operations from that country if needed.    [RL30172]

    2000 – Yemen.    On October 12, 2000, after the USS Cole attack in the port of Aden, Yemen, military personnel were deployed to Aden.    [RL30172]

    2000 – East Timor. On February 25, 2000, a small number of U.S. military personnel were deployed to support of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).    [RL30172]

    2001 – On April 1, 2001, a mid-air collision between a United States Navy EP-3E ARIES II signals surveillance aircraft and a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) J-8II interceptor fighter jet resulted in an international dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China called the Hainan Island incident.

    2001 – War in Afghanistan.    The War on Terrorism begins with Operation Enduring Freedom. On October 7, 2001, US Armed Forces invade Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks and "begin combat action in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban supporters."    [RL30172]

    2002 – Yemen.    On November 3, 2002, an American MQ-1 Predator fired a Hellfire missile at a car in Yemen killing Qaed Senyan al-Harthi, an al-Qaeda leader thought to be responsible for the USS Cole bombing.    [RL30172]

    2002 – Philippines.    OEF-Philippines. January 2002 U.S. "combat-equipped and combat support forces" have been deployed to the Philippines to train with, assist and advise the Philippines' Armed Forces in enhancing their "counterterrorist capabilities."     [RL30172]

    2002 – Côte d'Ivoire.    On September 25, 2002, in response to a rebellion in Côte d'Ivoire, US military personnel went into Côte d'Ivoire to assist in the evacuation of American citizens from Bouake.    [RL30172]

    2003-2010 – War in Iraq. Operation Iraqi Freedom. March 20, 2003.   The United States leads a coalition that includes Britain, Australia and Spain to invade Iraq with the stated goal being "to disarm Iraq in pursuit of peace, stability, and security both in the Gulf region and in the United States."    [RL30172]

    2003 – Liberia.    Second Liberian Civil War. On June 9, 2003, President Bush reported that on June 8 he had sent about 35 US Marines into Monrovia, Liberia, to help secure the US Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and to aid in any necessary evacuation from either Liberia or Mauritania.     [RL30172]

    2003 – Georgia and Djibouti. "US combat equipped and support forces" had been deployed to Georgia and Djibouti to help in enhancing their "counterterrorist capabilities."

    2004 – Haiti.    2004 Haïti rebellion occurs.    The US sent first sent 55 combat equipped military personnel to augment the US Embassy security forces there and to protect American citizens and property in light.    Later 200 additional US combat-equipped, military personnel were sent to prepare the way for a UN Multinational Interim Force, MINUSTAH.    [RL30172]

    2004 – War on Terrorism: US anti-terror related activities were underway in Georgia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Eritrea.

    2004–present: Drone attacks in Pakistan

    2005–06 – Pakistan.    President Bush deploys troops from US Army Air Cav Brigades to provide Humanitarian relief to far remote villages in the Kashmir mountain ranges of Pakistan stricken by a
massive earthquake.

    2006 – Lebanon.    US Marine Detachment, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, begins evacuation of US citizens willing to leave the country in the face of a likely ground invasion by Israel and continued fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli military.

    2007 – Somalia.    Battle of Ras Kamboni. On January 8, 2007, while the conflict between the Islamic Courts Union and the Transitional Federal Government continues, an AC-130 gunship conducts an aerial strike on a suspected Al-Qaeda operative, along with other Islamist fighters, on Badmadow Island near Ras
Kamboni in southern Somalia.

    2008 – South Ossetia, Georgia. Helped Georgia humanitarian aid, helped to transport Georgian forces from Iraq during the conflict. In the past, the US has provided training and weapons to Georgia.


2010 - War in Iraq.    Operation New Dawn. On February 17, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that as of September 1, 2010, the name "Operation Iraqi Freedom" would be replaced by  "Operation New Dawn".     This coincides with the reduction of American troops to 50,000.

    2011 - Libya.
Operation Odyssey Dawn. Coalition forces enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 with bombings of Libyan forces.

Not exciting reading but it teaches us one thing.     As we continue to cut taxes lower and lower we are not slowing down on being the Worlds Policeman and it is breaking us.     Both parties love a good war because it distracts the thoughts of the citizens and makes it easier for them to exercise power.      We don't have a political party in our country that opposes war and desires peace but we need one.
As broke as we are President Obama couldn't wait to get involved in Lybia and Republicans support his efforts.     Both parties feed the war machine and the machine gives both parties big donations.     Years ago we used to pay for wars by raising taxes, Now we put them on the credit card.

Republicans want to kill Social Security and Medicare but they still want to increase funds to the war machine.      Our government is out of control and nobody has the will to fix it.

ACVDN Bottom Line
You cannot spend day in and day out minding everyones business on the entire globe and reduce taxes and balance budgets and reduce the deficit.     The US easily spends a Billion dollars a week on bombs and planes alone.     Add aid to other warring countries and the cost of supporting and deploying troops and the hidden costs and you see the official War Budget is no where near the Real War Budget.     With hidden costs this part of the budget hits 30% or higher and the estimates that put it at half this figure are a stone cold lie.     Who is running this show?    We are fighting 3 wars now and involved in a dozen other conflicts.

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