Wednesday, January 28, 2015

US Military Is In Tatters.....

Because the United States wastes so much money chasing their tails round and round the US Military is presently in tatters.
It is not that we don’t spend an enormous amount of money because we do. We just spend that money very poorly. As a result we are broke and the military can’t get the job done.
It is like wanting a really great dinner and going to Mcdonalds for a Big Mac. They tell you the Big Mac costs $4.50 and you hand them $100.00 anyway. You do this not because you have to but because you are stupid.
So you spent a lot of money and still got a crappy dinner. That is how our military industrial complex works.
For the first time since the end of World War II, the United States won’t have an aircraft carrier in East Asian waters. Defense funding shortfalls have dictated a four-month gap between the departure of the USS George Washington from its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan and the scheduled arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan.
Though the US Navy says their concerns are overblown, the foreign media in the region have given the story a considerable amount of attention. One reason for our allies’ concern is their profound unease about China’s intentions. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 93% of Filipinos, 85% of Japanese, and 83% of South Koreans are worried that China’s territorial ambitions could lead to military conflict.
Retired Vice Admiral Peter Daly, CEO of the United States Naval Institute recently told a gathering in Washington that “given the current glide slope, in a year we will only be able to deploy two carrier groups” worldwide, even with 30 days notice. That is down from three currently, and five carrier groups just a year ago.
The Air Force’s top officers have noted that our air fleet is the smallest and oldest in the service’s history.
(The F-15 and F-16 are old. The F-22 is discontinued. The F-35 is garbage. The result is the United States is not prepared at all.)
General Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, even went so far as to say that he is not sure the United States can maintain air supremacy in a major conflict.
(We are not going to War with China no matter what they do because we might not win. We can’t even beat the Taliban. The Taliban has no air force, or NAVY, and we still can’t beat them. We will definitely not be taking on a real enemy anytime soon. Enjoy your Nuclear program Iran because we don’t care. If China wants to bully the Pacific rim countries that is good with us as well. We are powerless.)
Congressman Randy Forbes, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, points out that air supremacy accounts for much of the difference in American lives lost between Vietnam and more recent conflicts.
General Ray Odierno, the Army’s Chief of Staff recently testified that not only have we moved away from the long-held strategic objective of being able to fight and win two wars simultaneously, he is not even sure—given our current manpower levels—that we could win one. (Confidence Building statements.)
These diminishing capabilities may seem shocking in light of the military spending agreed to in the recent omnibus $1.1 trillion spending bill just agreed to by Congress.
Shipbuilding offers a dramatic example. Cost-overruns have limited the number of ships we can afford to build because far too many people have the authority to make changes in design and requirements even after construction has begun.
Some 40 different offices in the Navy Department had the authority to dictate design changes to the Littoral Combat Ship program. This led costs to rise from $220 million per hull, to about $457 million per ship, since even simple changes in one area often result in cascades of other changes throughout the ships. Such lunacy must end. Program managers must stick to agreed-upon performance requirements and the resulting design, and not be tempted by the lure of new technologies or the threat du jour.
defense industry leaders must have the incentive to say, “Sorry Admiral, that is a really bad idea.” Currently, defense contractors have little reason to push back against ever-changing program modifications. Under the current procurement system, when unit costs go up, defense contractors typically see reduced orders. But their overall revenues and margins do not change. (So the ship builders get to build less ships and still make the same amount of money. Good deal for them. Bad deal with tax payers and our national defense) It may be time to impose a margin penalty tax on contractors who agree to post-construction design changes. They need to have more skin in the game.
(The other problem is the United States starts building a program such as the F-35 and then 75% of the way through the project China hacks in and steals all the top secret info causing a lot of redesign. The United States needs to stop all the never ending hacking which costs Hundreds Of Billions in losses.)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Obama Caves On 529 College Plan..... He Must Have Read My Post.

Last Thursday President Obama announced he was going after 529 College plans. His goal was one more attack on the Middle class.
On Saturday I posted a withering (no holds barred) attack on Obama’s misguided plan.
President Obama tried to fly off to India to avoid the pending firestorm my post created. Obviously my post still made it to his attention.
I am sure emergency meetings were held to strategize a plan to deal with Andrews outrage. There was probably yelling and screaming across a large conference room table as they scrambled to come with ideas. In the end there was no way to scuttle Andrews outrage.
They even tried distracting you by crashing a drone on the White House lawn....... But my post was still there. They tried distracting you with Michele Obama not wearing a head scarf in Saudi Arabia. Oh the outrage……But my post was still there. In the end they had no choice but to cave.
Your 529 college plan will remain unchanged. You’re welcome!
A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the issue had become a distraction from the president’s broader plan to expand and simplify tax breaks for education

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Obama Killing 529 College Savings Plans...To Help The Middle Class.

On Tuesday President Obama stood in front of the country and said he was working hard to strengthen the Middle Class. He was going after the Rich to pay their fair share and his main concern was the middle class. (Wink Wink)
On Thursday President Obama showed once again he is dishonest as he began his latest attack on the Middle Class.
529 College Savings Plans are what the Middle Class use to save for college. President Obama wants to kill them. He would rather you just have your kids take on a life time of debt than be incentivized to save money.
A lifetime of Debt is a lot more helpful to Wall Street Bankers than you saving money. Wall Street Bankers are Obama’s main concern.
Since Obama hates the Middle Class, and Republicans also hate the middle class, this will be passed and everyone will claim victory.
Republicans will gloat about compromising with the President and everyone will proclaim success. When it comes to screwing the Middle Class there is no disagreement. Lets get it done.
President Obama is proposing a radical change to the 529 college savings plans held by millions of families, which would require those who use them to rethink their approach to college savings.
As part of his plan to simplify the tax code and help the middle class, one of the 529 plan’s most attractive benefits would be eliminated: Money could no longer be withdrawn tax-free. (The new rules would apply only to new contributions.)
The accounts, many of which are run by the states, allow people to make contributions that grow tax-free. The money can be withdrawn without the paying of capital gains taxes as long as the proceeds are used for education expenses. Many states provide state income tax deductions for contributions as well.
“I was very surprised by the Obama 529 proposal because in many ways it is anti-middle class for families trying to afford college,” said Joe Hurley, founder of the SavingforCollege.com website. “And so much of the emphasis in the Obama administration has been pro-middle class.” (Wink Wink)
The proposed changes — which many experts say would be difficult to pass (Not really) in a Republican-controlled Congress — would discourage savers from using the accounts because the withdrawals would be taxed as ordinary income. Because that income will be recognized on families’ tax returns, it is also likely to reduce how much they may receive in federal financial aid,
Mr. Hurley of SavingforCollege.com said he would expect 529 contributions to dry up immediately, which would hurt the plans’ financial positions. “States that are not able to retain sufficient assets in their 529 plans will have a difficult time keeping their plans open,” he added.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Apple Showing the Communist Chinese Everything.....They Never Learn.

If you use Apple products listen up. Tim Cook is about to hand over the Source code to apples operating system to Communist Red China. Once that happens all of your Apple products will be relentlessly hacked by the Chinese.
Everything you do will be between you and the Communist Government of China.
In 2003 Bill Gates opened up the source code to Windows to the Communist Chinese and the result has been unprecedented levels of hacking. If it exists in the United States it is hacked by the Chinese.
Google got so fed up with Microsoft’s Bullsh*t security they banned all Windows usage at their company.
Some people fled to Apple because it was considered more secure. Well those days over. Tim Cook is just as stupid as Bill Gates and the victim will be you. If you care about security it is time to find a new option because Apple is no longer it.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

15 More Years and Bill Gates Will have the Poverty Problem Solved.......Really!

Don’t focus on Bill Gates sitting in Davos Switzerland (right this very minute) with all the other fat cat billionaires comparing their private jets and fancy money clips.
Instead focus on how much Bill Gates is solving the world’s poverty problem.
All he needs is 15 more years and everything will be peaches and cream. Please don’t raise his taxes.
If Bill has to give the government more money then he won’t have it to single handedly fight world poverty. Bill can solve that problem better than any government. Please… please let him keep all his Billions and Billions and Billions and Billions (keep going 77 more times) of Dollars.
Bill Gates having all the money isn’t about him….It is about poor people. Nobody loves poor people more then Bill and he knows just how to help them all.
So please write your congressman and tell them to leave Bill and the other billionaires alone.
Thank you!
OK now if you will excuse Bill he has to get back to his Billionaire conference. Please think happy thoughts because the Billionaires are going to fix everything. Trust them.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Those Filthy Cheating Patriots......

All these Patriot fans trying to down play the significance of Deflating footballs. It was obviously significant enough for them to do it so it must be pretty important.
People trying to say Bill Belichek didn’t know. The man who runs that organization with an iron fist didn’t know the balls were being deflated. Sure…….. That is believable. It was just some ball boy who took it upon himself to deflate the ball Tom Brady would be throwing (in the rain) in a championship game. Sure…why not. Hey look out the window pigs are flying.
If it happened on the Pats then Belicheck knew all about it. You can be sure.
There is nothing more detestable then cheating in sports. And there are no degrees of cheating. You either did it or you didn’t. It is like saying yeah I robbed the bank but I didn’t get a lot of money so it isn’t a big deal. If you did it then it is a big deal.
Lance Armstrong was the most popular athlete on the planet and then he got caught cheating. Now everyone universally hates him and he never actually won the Tour De France. You can check the books. He didn’t win.
Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa were household names in 1998 and today they are outcasts all because of cheating. It is a stain. Doesn’t matter if the corked bat helped. Doesn’t matter if the pine tar worked. If you cheat and are caught then you are done.
Pete Rose has been punished for 25 years because he broke the rules. It is serious business and the Pats have been caught multiple times. If Shaun Payton was suspended a year for breaking the rules with bounty gate then Belicheck (on his second offense) should receive at least that. If it were me I would disqualify him from the super bowl. He would be banned from the event entirely. My guess is that won’t happen but something significant should happen because everyone (except Pats fans) hate a cheater.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Rich Heading Off To Davos Again....Wish Them Luck.

This week the rich and powerful are heading off to Davos Switzerland to discuss how much money they all have….. and how little money you have.
It is a yearly ritual and everyone who is anyone will be there. You can go check your mailbox and see if you received an invite. Please don’t be upset when there is nothing there but your electric bill.
It is not your fault that you are an irrelevant nobody. You should rest assured that the super-rich will be dining on the finest food all while laughing at how incredibly poor you are. That subject cracks them up each and every year.
During the day they will be hard at work solving the worlds problems. The #1 problem they need to solve is why they have all the money…..and you have none. It is a real brain tease but I am confident they will be able to solve it.
“International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development have repeatedly warned that inequality threatens not just the poor, but social cohesion (Social Cohesion = People lighting torches and grabbing pitch folks….The thought really scares the hell out of the rich people.)
“The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering,” (Good word) Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, said in a statement. “Despite the issue shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast.” (Thanks to Obama)
The chorus of concern over disparities may be growing, but there’s little consensus on just what to do about it. (Invite me…..I will tell them exactly what to do about it. Won’t take me more then 10 minutes either. Then I am off to the shrimp bar.)
Oxfam, an anti-poverty charity, is calling for greater disclosure of lobbying activities (Yes) , minimum wage hikes (Irrelevant), the end of tax havens (Yes) and more taxes on the wealthy (good deal).
(Also how about No more closed door meetings in Congress. Democracy is supposed to be open for all to see. There should be no closed door meetings of any kind in the US Capital. If you are too embarrassed to say what you have to say in front of everyone then you probably shouldn’t be saying it at all.
Everything our Congress does should be open for all to see. Period!)
Look at the graphs in this article……Notice the year the rich really got richer (and everyone else got poorer). Notice it was the year after Obama became president. Yeah I notice that too. Mr. Hope and Change doing a bang up job.
In 2010, it took 388 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population; now it’s just 80 billionaires. (What an accomplishment. That fact is going to really stand out in Obamas presidential library.)
There are 1,645 Billionaires. There are 7,000,000,000 people on the planet. That is 1 billionaire for every 4.2 million people. The billionaires tell us that becoming one of them is possible. They insist you can achieve it too if only you tried harder. Your laziness is your problem. Don’t let those long odds discourage you because you are almost there.
Who are these 1,645 billionaires?
The world’s billionaires tend to be “male and greying,” (of course) with about nine in 10 of them male and over the age of 50. (Zuckerberg snuck in under 50. That could have been you…..Not really.)
A third have inherited some or all of their fortunes (Inherited means they didn’t work for it at all….. it was just handed to them. Nice deal if you can get it. So while they tell you to work harder the fact is 33% of them don’t even know what that means. It does crack them up to say it though)
Almost 30 per cent are citizens of the United States. (God Bless America….Best government Billionaires can buy.)
Many have gotten rich from interests in either the financial (You remember the financial industry…..That was the industry your tax dollars bailed out. They screwed it up. You bailed them out. They took the money and put it in their pockets. It was a great deal for them.) and insurance sector or the pharmaceutical and health-care industry.
(You remember the insurance and Heathcare industries…..Those are the industries that Obama promised to fix but didn’t. A lot of people got rich on that whole con job. Thanks Obama.)