How Obama became a bystander President


How Obama became a bystander President

Fortunately for me, I read this in the Calgary Globe and Mail editorial page.  It’s a good summary of President Obamas’ presidency from the Great White North.  From a brilliant campaign, promises to unite, then separation, and missed promises.


Iraq Makes a Plea

Iraq Makes a Plea

Today an Op-Ed in the NY Time by the Prime Minister of Iraq.  This leads his upcoming visit to the White House next week.  Promising more help on AQ and Syria, the Prime Minister is looking for accelerated delivery of F-16s, increased intelligence sharing, and more weapons such at helicopters and night vision equipment.

Syria Update…

So how are those hyped talks with Syria going? After going to the faux brink of “military action”, losing the Brits, and then a last minute approval request from Congress, we initiated negotiations with Syria for removal of their chemical weapons.

I fear the talks are becoming worthless. Although UN teams are in country, both Saudi Arabia and the leading Syrian rebel groups are now boycotting any future talks. Why? Because they both insist that removal of the Assad regime must be a part if the talks, and of course Pres Assad does not agree. I think we can be pretty confident Pres Assad is not worried about US military action.

This had so inflamed our relations with Saudi Arabia that they turned down a nomination to the UN Security Council in disgust of our (and UN) handling if the Syrian issue.

Spokesman for the Dept of State on Syrian issues, Robert Ford, said “there is no military solution for Syria.” While I agree Syria would be a mess for our troops, this just verifies that there really was no threat of military action in Syria, and Assad knew it.

Last minute talks were agreed to by Syria and their Russian allies primarily to boost the Russian influence in the area and preserve the Assad regime.

Now we are not having talks with the leading rebel group nor with one if our former best ally in the region. Once again, Pres Obama has increased the distance between us and our allies and decreased relations in the Middle East.

I fear our Middle East relations will continue to deteriorate along with our prestige and influence on the World stage. It’s a shame that it is self induced.

Houston Chronicle Wishes Cruz Was Not Our Rep

Houston Chronicle Wishes Cruz Was Not Our Rep

Although they came out later and denied revoking their endorsement of Sen Ted Cruz, I’ll let you decide.  At the very least I think they regret voting for him.

Time for a clean bill

Ok, let me first say I don’t like Obamacare, what it will do to our budget, and the federal requirement to buy it. It goes against what I thought was possible for a non-socialist govt. Also, I am a military vet, live in a Texas, and usually vote Republican (not always).

With that said, the House republicans are wrong. They should not be holding up funding the government (or the debt ceiling) because they don’t like Obamacare. They budget process is already bastardized enough and is causing havoc in our government agencies and military. In fact, the government hasn’t passed a normal budget process on time since 1997! Continuing resolutions, late budgets, and sequestration imposes countless thousands of extra man hours and work for our federal workers, increasing costs and delaying and canceling others. It isn’t right for our military to be constrained this way.

Additionally we are in the road towards an ungovernable government . We all have our own principles and morals we should follow, but you (Congress) have a job to do. Yours is to pass laws and fund the government. It’s time to do your job Congress.

What do I recommend to the House republicans? Change the law… Yes the people who voted you in want Obamacare ended.. Change the law. You don’t have the right to pick laws not to fund. This sets a bad precedent for future (Republican) Presidents. If you can’t change the law yet, then you don’t have the votes to defund it either.

How can we change some if this?

Stop letting state legislatures gerrymandering their district boundaries. Push this more towards independent commissions, or at the very least zip codes.

Stop all Congressional pay for members on Oct 1 if there is no budget. I don’t mean a CR, I mean a real budget. No budget, no pay.

Term limits. If there is a term limit for the Presidency, there can be one for Congress.

All laws passed cover the Congress too. No exclusions for Obamacare, or other restrictions placed on businesses and state governments. Yes you can add benefits, but laws should cover you too.

Now Congress, get back to work and pass a real budget.

Emirates New Milan–N.Y. Route Threatens U.S. Aviation Jobs

Article from ALPA supporting their other blog video.

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U.S. Government Must Level the Playing Field to Ensure Health of U.S. Airlines, Jobs

WASHINGTON–Emirates Airline’s new route from Milan to New York, slated to begin Tuesday, is a clear first step in long-term strategy by a heavily supported state-owned foreign airline to undercut U.S. airlines and hurt U.S. jobs.

The new route goes head-to-head with long-established U.S. carrier routes between New York and Milan. This is a flight that originated in Dubai and, instead of a direct flight, Emirates is adding a stopover in a popular European destination in order to draw new business. Clearly, this is the beginning of a dangerous trend by state-owned foreign carriers, one that threatens U.S. jobs, U.S. passengers and ultimately the future of the U.S. aviation system, which contributes $1 trillion to our economy each year.

Capt. Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) said of the new route:…

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Emirates Milan-NY Route Opens Today: Join the Fight to Level The Playing Field

US Airlines don’t get the tax free benefits of foreign govt owned airlines of the Middle East. Until we have a coordinated National airline strategy, US airlines will suffer. AMR and US Air will take the first hit until the DOJ realizes they are not competing with UAL and Delta, but foreign airlines…

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Captain Dino Atsalis describes how the new Emirates route starting October 1st, will harm the U.S. economy. For updates on this issue follow us on Twitter #SaveOurSkies.


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