Redacted in Beghazi – The Death of the Invisible Men

Obama has stated that the United States will find the perpetrators of the attack on the Embassy in Benghazi and bring them to justice weeks ago and is desperately hoping that the whole event will go away. Become invisible.

How about if we just prevented them from being killed in the first place? We now know that approximately 7 hours of video from the attack was available. But the President was out at a rock star fundraiser in Las Vegas instead of taking action.

Many are calling it “Benghazigate” and talking of a cover-up. It was not just a “cover-up” as we have become accustomed to the word in a political sense. It was incompetence, then arrogance and insensitivity followed by cover-up and deceit.

Take a look at what happens when an Ambassador is in peril.

There are a lot of questions being raised, but I think the most important is “if no one seems to have given the order to ‘Stand Down’, then please tell us all who stood their ground and gave the directive to ‘go save them’”?

Politics aside, ask yourself how you would feel right now if one of the four “invisible men” asking for help had been one of your loved ones.

What Happens When an Ambassador is in Peril?

Trying to be neutral, but given the current administration’s record, I find myself a little cynical.

I will note, there was sensitivity this weekend in face of impending Hurricane Sandy this week – of course there was money to be given away and potential votes to be bought.

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Political Arena Editor Chuck Norton

Each consulate has a virtual panic button called the “Imminent Danger Notification System” that is hit whenever an ambassador is put in peril. This has been in place since after the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

This works as a virtual instant message that goes to the Intelligence agencies such as the CIA Director and the DNI, the Sec of State, the Defense Secretary, local
military assets are notified and it also goes to the White House situation room and
protocol says that this flash traffic MUST be acknowledged and someone in the situation room MUST go and physically contact the President. Again, this happens instantly.

In the absence of orders the standing order is for local assets to preserve American life. So someone had to STOP that AC130 gunship from firing and someone had to STOP local assets from responding as they were responding as they would…

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Are we no longer a sovereign republic free from outside intervention?

English: Woman standing, as America, facing sl...

English: Woman standing, as America, facing slightly right; holding U.S. flag and flag pole. Illustration in: Draperies in Action. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Desperation among the democratic party has risen to new levels as Foreign Observers are invited to “monitor” 2012 Presidential election results for democrats

International Monitors at polling places

I actually thought this was a joke the first time I was told about it.  Too ridiculous to be true, right?  Turns out that it may be ridiculous, but it isn’t just a rumor.

I think it ironic that America, the most successful, longest living democracy in recorded history may potentially have international monitors.  I would find it less offensive if this were perhaps an instructional exercise – an opportunity for the observers to see how a free election should be held.  However, it is not.

This is arguably the most important election in generations; perhaps in our history.   Nothing less than the continued existence of a free, democratic, free market society and the devolution to a socialist, managed society hangs in the balance.  A few things I find interesting about the situation:

  • The countries involved are Socialist democracies at best, pure socialism or totalitarian at worst.  Kazakhstan?  Really?
  • The proposed monitors are from countries with overwhelming socialist support for Obama, or a vested interest in Obama’s re-election.  How neutral do you think these observers will be?
  • These international observers are challenging the rights of individual states within the republic.  Talk about outside interference.

Ironically, the very same parties who are dead set against laws to restrict voter fraud or voter identification are the ones asking for this “international monitoring”!  What are they looking for?  We know they are not interested in ensuring that only registered voters submit their vote in a legal manner.  So what is it?  The fact that your candidate is dropping in the polls is not an indication of voting fraud.  If your candidate is not elected – that also is not an indication of fraud.  Manipulating results, subjecting United States Citizens to the laws of other countries, or interference from other nation in our internal election certainly is.  Remember, this is the party that took a vote on a change to the Democratic Platform on television for the world to see.  Three times they took a vote.  Three times they didn’t get the answer they wanted.  So finally, they simply did what they wanted anyway.  These are the people worried about a fair election?  You have to wonder what fair looks like to them.

If we have to submit to outside monitoring for fraud, here are a few of suggestions:

  • Make sure the voters are actually legal, registered voters
  • Make sure the voters are voting on their own free will, not bussed in and told who to vote for
  • Make sure there are no quid pro quo’s – you vote, we will give you a ____ (Fill in the blank)
  • Make sure that the voter only votes once
  • Look into the error that delayed absentee ballots to our military serving overseas.  A group that just coincidentally is disenfranchised with the current Administration.

I personally hope every legal registered voter participates in this election.  I hope every single citizen takes this duty seriously and shows up to vote.  However, as with almost every single moderate or conservative voter I know, I do want them to vote legally – I am not sure why this is such a problem?

What does it tell you when a party is so concerned with ensuring ineligible or illegal voters have a chance to cast a vote that they are willing to sacrifice our nation’s sovereignty?   I am a little concerned that a political party is dependent on illegal or unregistered voters – aren’t you?  Shouldn’t this election be determined by American Citizens?  This would seem to be a serious issue to me.

Please take the time to vote on November the 6th.

“It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself”

–          Thomas Jefferson

Embarrassed of Success?

Dollars Roll

Dollars Roll (Photo credit: Images_of_Money)

“My brother is killing me,” the conversation began.

Cheryl has worked hard over the years to build a successful business career. “Don’t get me wrong, I love him, but he feels a constant need to run me down, especially at family gatherings, and attack my success in life.” Hey, I bet many of us have heard this story before right? Just to get you started in the right frame of mind, let me get a little background on the table.
• Cheryl went to college and worked part time jobs to help pay her bills and cobble together money for a graduate degree.
• “Bob” went to college as well. While he didn’t go for that whole “uptight business” thing, he did secure a job.
• Based on her grades and recommendation, Cheryl got into a great MBA program and earned a dual degree while still working part time to pay bills.
• Since that time, Bob has moved between a couple places on both coasts living what he would describe as “Bohemian” lifestyle. Bob explained he didn’t want to be tied down and that there is too much to see out there. He has some great stories and photos of parties and travel. Eventually, he landed a public sector job. Not the highest paying in the world, but with good benefits, and in general, enjoyed life.
Cheryl worked long hours, and moved to several different cities across the country. She has turned around departments and divisions more than once. She has sacrificed family time to build her career, and while she took a bit of a beating in one of the housing downturns when she had to move for her job, by all accounts, she has done very well financially.
The issues come in, as Cheryl explains, when her brother starts with the discussions regarding taxes, tax loopholes and income disparity. Not sure what card he could possibly play with his sister on income disparity, I had to ask for further explanation. “With Bob it isn’t about gender or race when it comes to income disparity, at least not when I am around,” Cheryl explained, “it is all about how those that are already wealthy aren’t doing their share.” So what exactly is the issue, I wondered aloud?
Cheryl explains it like this – while Bob was out at late night parties and living this mobile lifestyle, sometimes even just leaving a job or an area without notice and never coming back, Cheryl was buckling down and doing what she thought she needed to do to make her dreams come to fruition. A family, maybe a nice house and car, money to put kids through school, money to go on nice vacations or even better, what if one day she could be one of those folks with a ‘vacation home’ somewhere. That was what success looked like to her. And she asked everyone who would stop and give her a minute of their time what she would have to do to make something like that come true. “You know, honestly there were times I was a little bit jealous of Bob. Times when it was stressful or tough; when I thought that it would be nice to just go a blow off some steam and party in the Keys, Cancun, or go to Tahiti and the consequences be damned,” she exclaimed.
So here’s the thing, Cheryl explains to me. Bob made choices in life, and he chose the life he wanted to lead. He finally bought a house, but it is in a depressed neighborhood and his car is barely operable. Not one of Bob’s life choices would be one that would point you to a higher income or financially independent lifestyle. But he begrudges everyone else that did. Those are decisions we made – I don’t begrudge him the late night parties and living in what I would consider vacation locales. That was what he wanted. But I don’t think it is fair that after I took the risks and I did things differently to ask that I gave some to him because he made another decision. Frankly, it sounds a little like the parable of the grasshopper and the ants.
“Bob’s actions make me feel like I should in some way be embarrassed that I have been able to achieve many of my dreams, and yes, I have a nice house and a nice car – and I can assure you no one handed them to me. I worked for them. And I shouldn’t have to feel that way – no one should have to feel that they should apologize for their success, and as an American I can’t imagine for the life of me why we would want a President or a Presidential Candidate to apologize for a successful private sector career, or building a successful business. In fact, I would think they would have to explain or apologize a little if they did not!”
Have you ever had this conversation around the Thanksgiving table or the picnic table? What do you think and how did it “resolve” itself?

Sell Not Liberty – Finding the debt

Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues (Photo credit: Austin Moody)

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.  Sell not liberty to purchase power.

–          Benjamin Franklin

Today, there is a $1 trillion gulf between spending on major entitlement programs and the money we devote to public investments.

To be clear, this means we spend more on entitlements than public investments.  Does that concern you?
Democrats Must Cut Entitlements

Indeed, federal welfare spending actually totals more than $14,848 for every poor man, woman and child in this country. For a typical poor family of three, that amounts to more than $44,500. Combined with state and local spending, government spends $20,610 for every poor person in America — or $61,830 per poor family of three.

By that measure we should have already eliminated poverty, yet…

Obama encouraging Americans to get on Welfare

More than 10.5 million people — about 5.3 percent of the population aged 25 and 64 — received disability checks in January from the federal government, the Post wrote, an 18 percent jump from before the recession.

…and the government is considering changing the definitions of disability so that even more people can file…

Millions file for disability when unemployment benefits run out

Additionally, the USDA reported this past summer Food Stamps usage hit a record high, and is up ~51% since 2008 – an expense of over $71 Billion dollars.

Total number of U.S. States where welfare pays more than an $8/hour job – 40.  Want to see some more startling statistics on the Welfare state?  Click here

Where does the money come from?  If you are wondering about the much ballyhooed 47%, take a look at the percentage of each income group that does NOT pay taxes.

US Households that Don’t Pay Income Tax

If Benjamin Franklin’s quote wasn’t enough for you, I will close with a quote from a famous Democrat.

 “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”

–          President John F. Kennedy

Here’s Really the Biggest Problem in the American Economy – What nobody wants to say Part #2

A continuation of our earlier discussion in response to yet another attack on a free market economy.  In the first discussion, Here’s Really The Biggest Problem in the American Economy – What Nobody Wants to Say Part #1 we tackled the notion of redistribution.  In today’s post we will continue by discussing the impacts of globalization.

“One reason corporations are so profitable is that they don’t employ as many Americans as they used to”
-Henry Blodget, Business Insider

global map test

global map test (Photo credit: aleutia)

Demographics are changing.

I would estimate close to 25% of the people on my floor at work are “immigrants” representing almost every continent in the world.  Some might be first generation; many are work visa or green card holders.  A decade ago, there was a growing concern that all the science and engineering jobs were going to recent graduates from other countries who were getting degrees in sciences and math.  Well, here is a wakeup call – it is not just the science and engineering jobs anymore.  Or medical jobs.  My colleagues are all in “business administration” – marketing, accounting, finance, procurement, supply chain, and sales. Most of these positions are entry level; new hires.

I applaud these colleagues; it is inspiring actually and makes for a more robust, interesting workplace.  However, let me point out that all these are jobs that did not go overseas.  And they aren’t getting “underpaid” either.  These are all jobs that could be had here by any of us.  The inconvenient truth behind this is that the demographics of employment are changing.  High wages or job growth for unskilled labor is a thing of the past.  The global workplace is also a knowledge based workplace.  We need to stop blaming the laborer snapping a widget together in some overseas sweatshop for unemployment here.  Let’s stop spending time railing against the terrible white collar employees and managers, or college kids that earn technical, science, math or other challenging degrees and encourage children to choose a path of knowledge.  Stop the demonization of professional positions.  Slamming on “college kids” and education comes across as sour grapes – and the impact is more than just you.  The children are listening.

“Globalization” has opened up a vast pool of billions of workers who work for much less than Americans.  This, in turn, has resulted in companies shifting formerly middle-wage-paying jobs overseas.

-Henry Blodget, Business Insider

While more products are being made overseas and certainly there are jobs that have gone overseas as well, let be fair – globalization has brought much production and jobs here to the US as well.  Companies like Toyota, BASF, Nestle, BAE, Bayer and many others all have operations here in the US employing our citizens.  Let’s not try to blame globalization for the loss of “good” paying jobs.   And if we continue to vote for the candidate who simply tells us what we want to hear, we will still be sitting on our collective sofas lamenting the “loss” of employment and opportunities while the good jobs both here and overseas are populated by…well, everyone else.  Some of our politicians are trying to create an economy of a select few political overlords who know what is best for 300+ million dependent serfs with a victim mentality.

In the coming days I will continue to discuss:

  • Globalization
  • Technology
  • Stagnant wages
  • Business Profits

Let me know your thoughts.

The original post from Henry Blodgett of the Business Insider can be found by clicking here

What Politicians Don’t Want To Say About The Middle East

This is perhaps the best written discussion I have come across to date regarding the middle east, the issues there and the value of middle east exports to the world at large.  Succinct and brilliantly written

A Brilliant Discussion On The Neurotic Middle East

Take the time to read it and pass this on to everyone you can think of.

It really is a must read.