"One example is our senators' ongoing support for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that will keep the United States at the forefront in air defense technology."
I about choked when I read that. The F-35 has been dubbed The Flying White Elephant due to it's enormous cost overruns, technical problems, delays in delivery and constant groundings.
The DOD recently revealed the $2 Trillion+ fleet would be delivered "heavier, slower and more sluggish" than it was originally intended. The original plan for 1600 units by 2017 is now looking like just 365. The aircraft was recently barred from operating near thunderstorms amid fears that a strike could cause it to explode.
Because of all these constant downgrades, problems and delays the F-35 is looking like it will be somewhat obsolete by the time it is fully deployed, making in more of an interim solution to our modern fighter needs. Some think at this stage the Super Hornet is a better option.
Having said that, we are so heavily invested in this turkey at this juncture that it's hard to find fault with the Senators' vote. They are pretty much between a rock and a hard spot. The problem here is DOD procurement policy.
The same people squawking about spending a few billion on school lunches, see hundreds of billions going down the drain without a peep.
Who could actually believe that anyone that will lie and deceive to get themselves elected would actually have the best interest of their constituents in mind?
Because this district is Gerrymandered the Republcian Primary is for all practical purposes the general election. Whoever wins it will be the next Congressman. While I disagree with a lot of Wamp's positions he at least appears to have some honesty and integrity about him and is willing to listen to all sides of the issues while focusing on solutions, not obstruction.
I hope the voters will voice their disapproval of Fleischmann's shameful and desperate tactics at the polls, and give the better alternative Mr. Wamp a chance to show what he's got.
I hope the voters will voice their disapproval of Fleischmann's shameful and desperate tactics at the polls.
It never ceases to amaze me how some conservatives are more than happy to shove not billions but trillions of dollars onto the government credit card to pay for some ill conceived war in some godforsaken part of the world but then howl to high heaven over paying for lunches for the children of American citizens.
One has to wonder how they ever evolved into such a convoluted sense of priorities.
I agree with the thrust of this piece. I'm a moderate Democrat but let's face it, this district was gerrymandered to make sure Republicans always get elected in national races, and it's likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future, so let's pick the better of the two available.
As a retired business owner and someone who works with startups myself, I am somewhat familiar with the work of the Lamp Post Group which Wamp served as communication directer. It is outstanding organization that has been instrumental in assisting start ups with venture capital and in-house resources to help them get started. They do good work and create jobs.
Wamp's critics say he is too inexperienced for the job. Well let's see, he doesn't have experience in shutting down the government and costing the taxpayers $25 Billion in the process, and he doesn't have experience in voting against health care 40 times. Maybe what we need is a little LESS of that kind of experience.
Wamp says he wants to work with whoever else is up there to find solutions - I say let's give him a shot.
The Republicans have used the death of 4 Americans in Bengazi, the misdeeds of a few IRS employees, thousands of refugee children, the bellicose actions of Russia all for political gain and now they have figured out a way to use the legal system for political gain too.
If only they would work half as hard at trying to solve the issues at hand as they do getting reelected. . . . .
So Volkswagen is bad for hiring people and not complying with our tax code. Thank you MARY ANNE COOK for that bit of wisdom. I knew if I came here I would learn something new today. :)
Count me in as one of those "unethical" Democrats who will vote for Wamp in the Republican Primary. Fleischmann is nothing more than an obstructionist who makes little if any effort to actually legislate (do his job). At least Wamp apparently understands what it means to legislate and is not so obstinate to think "its my way or the highway".
This country is made up of many people with many differing views. Fair legislation is an effort to reasonably represent as many of those views as possible while still focusing and addressing the issue at hand in an effective manner. Those in office who think otherwise are narrow minded, selfish, and self-serving - a perfect and fitting description of Congressman Fleischmann
The problem I see with MIKE BUDNICK's suggestion - requiring states to pay for all road maintenance and construction is that several western states that have sparse populations but large land masses would bare a disproportionate charge per capita to maintain what are now federal highways while smaller more densely populated states like in the northeast would have a disproportionally low tax burden.
I think we should keep federal highways under the auspice of the federal government, but we do need to belly up to the bar and pay for them.
I would like to see a judge call their bluff and give them a quick and immediate favorable judgement. Then, instantly all business with more than 50 employees would have to run out and get health care for all the employees if they did not already have coverage, instead of having until 2015 to comply.
Just think what kind of $hit storm THAT would create for the party of job creators :)