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Hearsay

The Democrats have moved their impeachment inquiry fiasco to the next level with their public testimonies.  These are the same witnesses that were hand-selected by the Democrats for “closed door” sessions with the goal of presenting to the public the most incriminating evidence for impeachment.  Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have actually “raised the bar” on their accusations and are now saying that the President has committed an act of extortion and/or bribery.  Like the conductor of an orchestra, Schiff is carefully conducting every minute of his symphony.  I did not waste any time watching the televised testimony knowing that the biased media would tell me what they thought I needed to know.  From what I have seen of the testimony there has been nothing of substance.  Everything in the testimony today was hearsay.  The Democrats proudly displayed their primary witness for the day, Bill Taylor.  I think the Democrats feel that the witness’s credentials somehow make him a more trustworthy observer.  Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and received a bronze star while serving in Vietnam.  Robert Mueller had a stellar record as a marine veteran and former head of the FBI.  His Russia probe was a total disaster however and made his Democratic backers look like fools.  Despite his outstanding record, Mr. Taylor did not speak with the President and therefore does not know why the military aid was temporarily withheld to the Ukraine.  He (Taylor) assumed that the aid was contingent on the launching of an investigation into the Bidens and Burissma.  Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the EU testified last week to essentially the same assumptions.  When Taylor initially texted Sondland regarding his concerns over the delay in aid, Sondland responded that there was no quid pro quo.  Sondland testified to that while under oath in his closed door sessions.  Once other witnesses contradicted Sondland’s testimony, he suddenly “remembered” the phone call in question.  Was that a simple memory lapse or was it perjury?  Perhaps the Democrats pressured him to say there was a quid pro quo.

One thing is certain, you can’t convict someone on hearsay alone.  There has been no firsthand knowledge or objective evidence to indicate that the President pressured Zelensky into investigating the Bidens.  The military aid flowed and no investigation was ever conducted (although it should have).  The Trump Administration has been a good ally of the Ukrainians, supplying military weapons, including anti-tank missiles.  Under the Obama Administration the Russians invaded the Crimea and annexed it without Obama doing anything to stop them.  Then when the Russians invaded the Ukraine, the Ukrainians bravely fought back.  Obama aid consisted of blankets and MREs (meals ready to eat).  The Obama Administration was cowardly in the face of Russian aggression in Eastern Europe but it was President Trump who provided real aid to the Ukrainians for survival.  Hopefully Republicans in the House and Senate will continue their steadfast support of this President who has been under continuous attack by the corrupt deep state.  The longer this unjust debacle continues the more the Dems are ensuring Trump’s second term.

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Trump’s Budget

More on defense & security, less on social programs.

The Trump Administration released their budget proposal. As promised our President is wanting to increase spending on defense and homeland security. They have also suggested limiting growth in many social programs. Under the previous Administration food stamps, disability payments and welfare programs increased exponentially resulting in a doubling of our national deficit to some 20 trillion dollars (even with cuts in defense). Chuck Schumer is screaming bloody murder and will no doubt depict Republicans as heartless. Our society has become one of entitlements and dependency. The Dems are relying on government dependency to remain in power and expand the Democratic base. Have we learned nothing from the events in Venezuela? How long can the burden of an entitlement society be borne by the working taxpayer? We are taking a long walk off a short pier. Many Republicans are reluctant to support such efforts fearing loss of voter support. We elected a president with courage, but we still have a Congress of cowards. Remember the parable, “Give a man a fish and you’ve fed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.” Handouts are not helpful long term.

 

Buyers Remorse

Joe Biden has yet to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States and we have many of his supporters already expressing regret over having voted for him. The media hid every story regrading either Joe Biden or the Biden family that were of a negative nature. The New York Post ran a story on Twitter with revealing information found on a Hunter Biden laptop abandoned at a repair shop. The story was immediately removed from Twitter and the Post’s account was blocked for over two weeks. The New York Post is one of the oldest newspapers in the nation and has the fourth largest readership in the country. When questioned before a Senate Special Committee Jack Dorsey lied when questioned over this issue saying that the ban was a mistake and was “corrected” within 24 hours. A survey commissioned by the conservative Media Research Center found that about 17% of Biden voters admitted that they wouldn’t have voted for him if they had more information on Biden’s record and had known about the Hunter Biden laptop. Most of Biden’s voters first heard of the questionable business dealings involving Biden’s son after the election. The Media Research Center’s founder, L. Brent Bozell III, reacted to the survey by saying that the national news media stole the election from President Trump by deliberately censoring and concealing stories from the American people that would have unquestionably led to the President’s re-election. Many people only heard the Biden stories from the pollsters since the media still refuse to devote any appreciable time covering any negative stories on the Biden family. This was a calculated effort to defeat President Trump by manipulating what the public sees and hears about the candidates.

The media is complicit, not only in their unwillingness to report any negative stories on Joe Biden or his family, but they also refuse to report on the accomplishments of President Trump. Many of those polled were clueless as to the such things as the tremendous recent job growth and rise in GDP under Mr. Trump, the President’s initiative “Operation Warp Speed” to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and the Middle East peace agreements brokered by his administration. So little (if any) news is devoted to the President’s accomplishments that only viewers of Fox News are probably cognizant of Trump’s deeds. At the same time the media hides stories of Hunter Biden’s business dealings, sexual misconduct (as well as allegations against Mr. Biden himself) and presumptive Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ ranking as the most leftist senator. The media has lost credibility as an objective source of news. They are a political arm of the Democratic party and are largely responsible for the election of Joe Biden. Mr. Biden won the presidency from a campaign that was conducted in his basement. Thanks to the media and fraudulent voting by mail the Democrats were able to pull off this election. With these tactics they should never lose another election. Something has to change because the American voters will have lost faith that their vote means anything.

Swamp Returns

Despite the insistence that his administration will not be a “3rd term” for Team Obama, the people that Joe Biden has selected thus far for his team are definitely “swamp creatures” well-known to the Washington political scene. It must be a disappointment to the far Left wing of the party who were hoping for Senator Elizabeth Warren to be picked for Secretary of the Treasury and Senator Bernie Sanders to be tapped for Secretary of Labor. Unlike Trump who championed himself as an outsider, Biden is tapping Washington insiders with many years of political experience. For the most part Joe has been choosing people with a more moderate political leaning. Biden’s pick for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, opposed Trump’s “America First” policy and believes it is critical to restore relationships with our foreign allies. In the past he praised the President’s approach to North Korea yet was in favor of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. It would be a safe bet to assume that Blinken will support a resumption of the Iranian nuclear pact. Many career diplomats believed that Trump’s “go it alone” policy was a rejection of our allies. That type of thinking was typical political shortsightedness; it was a wakeup call to our allies that they needed to assume more financial and military responsibility of their own. America has shouldered the burden serving as the world’s policeman for decades. France and Germany, in particular, have been freeloading when it comes to world security. Biden’s most disturbing pick was that of John Kerry to be his chief of climate policy. Kerry’s blunders as Secretary of State under Obama are legendary, the worst of which is the Iran Nuclear Pact. He and the President (Obama) gave $1.5 billion to Iran and a pathway to a nuclear weapon for what?? Kerry should have been prosecuted for Logan Act violations for trying to renegotiate with the Iranians after leaving office. He is a disgrace!

Jake Sullivan returns as national security adviser and Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be his U.N. ambassador. Former CIA Deputy Director Avril Haines will be director of national intelligence. Biden has selected Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary. Yellen was a former Federal Reserve Chairwoman. John Kerry will no doubt recommend re-entry into the Paris Accord. Kerry has even suggested more stringent CO2 reductions than were recommended by the 2015 Accord. The problem with the Accord lies in the fact that several of the largest polluters, China, India and Russia, are exempt from the restrictions until 2030. There are also no penalties for those who do not meet the Accord’s requirements. In nations where this pact will slow economic growth we can expect to find non-compliance. I think Mr. Kerry will find the U.S. may be the ONLY nation meeting the requirements of the Accord and at great expense to our economy. We will never see the kind of job growth and low unemployment that we saw under President Trump. Apparently Barack Obama and John Kerry aren’t concerned about global warming. Each has bought multi-million dollar oceanfront mansions in Martha’s Vineyard. Kerry spent some $26 million on his home while Obama spent a mere $11 million. Biden’s choice for Chief of Homeland Security is Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban American lawyer. We expect him to reverse Trump’s tough approach to illegal immigration and follow the lead of his president. Biden has already announced that he intends to legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants (some estimate the total is 20 million) and giving them a path to citizenship. I’m sure the Dems see these individuals as future Democratic voters. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already seen a rise in border arrests with the Biden victory and we can expect the flood at our borders to get worse.

Calvary Coming

It was announced yesterday that the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be shipped on December 11 to numerous locations across the country. That of course assumes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives their Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the vaccine. The Moderna vaccine will be seeking an EUA for their vaccine in the near future as well. With adequate public reception of the vaccine we could reach an anticipated “herd immunity” level by the summer months (May/June) of 2021. Authorities believe with this virus that 70% of the population will need to be immunized for the population to be protected. What is most disturbing regarding the vaccines is the number of prominent political figures and television celebrities who are spreading lies about vaccine safety. The lifespan of Americans has doubled in the past 100 years thanks to preventive medicine, and vaccine evolution in particular. Our pharmaceutical sciences are the best in the world and a COVID-19 vaccine progressed 24/7 once the SARS-CoV2 viral genome was known. A Consumer Reports survey disturbingly found that only 12% said they would immediately receive a vaccine once it was released. A substantial 21% said they would wait at least 3 months before receiving the vaccine and another 22% would wait a full year before taking the vaccine. A full 18% said they would never get the vaccine. We will never return to a degree of normalcy unless we reach that level of herd immunity. There are always some within any population who are unable to take a vaccine and then those who refuse to take a vaccine. They will nonetheless still be protected if the rest of the population has been properly immunized or previously infected and recovered. The “herd” is thus protected since the majority is immune.

What may be even more disturbing is the CR survey revealed that confidence in the safety of the vaccine varied significantly by race. Only 21% of blacks believe the vaccines are safe, 41% of Hispanics and 50% of whites. I’m sure this is related to the irresponsible actions of certain celebrities who have said that the vaccines were rushed into production. Dr. Anthony Fauci and other prominent physicians have stated that there were NO shortcuts in vaccine development and they (vaccines) are both safe and effective. As someone who has served in the military and worked in the medical arena, I have received dozens of vaccines and NEVER had an adverse reaction. God knows what diseases I’ve avoided, that’s their purpose. However like everything we do in life, there are no guarantees. If you weigh the risks vs the benefits, the vaccine comes out the winner! I will certainly be among the 12% getting the vaccine IMMEDIATELY when it is available. I’d suggest you do the same.

Same Old, Same Old

Assuming that the election results are not overturned by the Courts, Joe Biden has gone about picking members of his administration and inner circle. To no one’s surprise Joe is rewarding many of his big corporate donors and lobbyists with senior roles in his anticipated administration. Biden clearly appears to be following the same path as his mentor, Barack Obama who pledged to rid the White House of corporate lobbyists but ultimately did the opposite. That was characteristic of the Obama years; he would proclaim a given policy when in actuality he was directing the implementation of something different. Biden’s choice for Chief of Staff, Ron Klain is a lobbyist for the firm O’Melveny & Myers. Among the firm’s clients are airlines and pharmaceutical companies. Klain even lobbied for Fannie Mae at one time. Biden also appointed Representative Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana to be a senior advisor despite the fact he has close connections to the oil industry. That association has often led him to oppose legislation that would restrict the oil industry. Biden picked his former campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, to be his deputy chief of staff. The company she cofounded has been hired by a prominent lobbying group and may subsequently present a conflict of interest at worst and insider influence at best. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars in donations that the Biden/Harris campaign received from wealthy donors, the president-elect is now asking for donations to fund his transition team. Just where did all that money go and what was it spent on?

It is increasingly clear that the Democratic party is no longer the party of the average man/woman but now represents the special interests groups, corporations and big unions. One need only look at how Blue states like New York and California are closing schools despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying that school attendance is low risk. Up to grade 12 infection rates in children is very low and mortality is a fraction of 1%. CDC Director, Dr. Redfield, said that school is probably the safest place for a child. The Teachers Union has control over the governors’ actions in Democratically controlled states. The Republican party now represents the average, blue-collar worker and small business operator who prefers fewer regulations and lower taxes. The Biden administration will be a rerun of the low-growth Obama years. Our economy is resilient enough for growth to continue despite being handcuffed by higher taxes and regulations. It will be nowhere near what it could have been under another 4 years of a second Trump term of office. Biden will not re-unite the country but further divide us as the Washington elites will alienate the rest of the nation. The Biden years will be known as Obama 2.0.

Biggest Hypocrite

In today’s society we seldom settle for average performances. Our favorite athletes tend to excel at their respective sport, actors seek that Academy Award performance and politicians wish to be remembered by their constituents for a job well done. The coronavirus has made life especially difficult for governors who are being asked to make difficult decisions within their states regarding COVID-19 precautions. Several Democratic governors have been particularly harsh in their implementation of restrictions and closures in their states. Ironically the number of COVID-19 infections in the most restrictive states are no better and actually WORSE than in the least restrictive states. The medical community has made great strides in treating the virus but preventing it has remained elusive. Despite the best efforts of medical experts recent numbers have continued to rise. Many individuals who have become infected with the virus have NO IDEA where or how they contracted the virus. Recent data suggests that up to 70% of those infected were wearing a mask most or all the time; that shoots holes in the effectiveness of masks as a barrier to the virus. While imposing harsh restrictions on the citizens of his state, the governor of California was seen dining indoors without a mask or social distancing. When the photos were made public, Governor Newsom made a half-hearted apology. Chicago Mayor Lightfoot was seen partying without a mask to celebrate the Biden election victory. And then remember her famous trip to the hairdresser when others were not allowed the same type of service. When it comes to politics it’s “Animal Farm” where “all pigs are equal, but some pigs are more equal than others.”

That brings me to the Biggest Hypocrite, the governor of New York. This is the man who declared that COVID-19 patients could be discharged from the hospital into nursing homes. When nursing home residents died as a result of his reckless decision he blamed it on the nursing home management, nursing home staff and finally on President Trump. More people have died in New York State from COVID-19 than in any other state. Despite his irresponsible behavior the Governor wrote a book on his “successful management” of the pandemic. His hatred for the President is so great that he refused to accept any COVID-19 vaccine until it had been reviewed by a panel of experts within his own state. In reaction to the Governor President Trump stated that shipments of the vaccine will initially be made to every state except New York. It is up to the Governor to decide when the vaccine can begin shipping to New York. Governor Cuomo then filed a lawsuit against the federal government over his own refusal to accept the vaccine. Governor Cuomo is an egotistical fool who is putting the health of the citizens of New York State in jeopardy. I am personally ready to receive either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine, whichever is approved and distributed to my area first. The safety and efficacy of both are established, the only thing yet to be determined is the length of immunity.

End of Moderation

Joe Biden supposedly campaigned as a “moderate” Democrat and boasted about defeating the more progressive candidates within the party. Biden was intentionally selected as a “stooge” who could deceive the more conservative Democratic voters into believing the party hadn’t swung to the Left. Joe promised not to be a part of the radical socialist movement represented by Bernie Sanders and AOC. Apparently the billions of Democratic dollars were well spent as Biden garnered some 5 million more votes than President Trump. Of course that is if you believe these to be human votes and not “computer generated.” There is enough distrust in the Dominion voting system and the “hammar + scorecard” system for creating votes that I and many others don’t believe this was a legitimate election. The media immediately declared Biden the winner before the counting was completed, hoping the President would concede. The MSM was childishly elated but their credibility has long been squandered by their vicious and unjustified attacks on the President for the past 4 years. Until voter accusations are investigated and the recounts completed the President has every right not to concede the election. The man (Biden) who was preaching that he would unite the country is once again attacking the President on a number of fronts. Biden is suddenly blaming the President for costing lives by not coordinating his COVID-19 Task Force with the incoming Biden Task Force. The Biden Task Force is talking mandatory mask mandate and a possible lockdown. President Trump emphatically stated that there will be no lockdown during the remainder of his administration. The President has coordinated with the military to have the vaccine distribution network in place as soon as either (or both) of the phase 3 vaccines receive FDA approval. Distribution will be managed by the military and there is no need for an official transfer to the Biden administration.

Mr. Moderate (Biden) gave a speech in which he talked about his progressive plans for free college to every child with an income of less than $125,000, forgiving $10,000 of college debt for everyone and expanding healthcare to include a public option (medicare for all). If Joe nominates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to his Cabinet, who knows what radical policies they will promote. The President was correct, Joe Biden is a Trojan horse who once in the White House will release all the radical leftists in the Democratic party. Are you prepared for 53 states, court packing and elimination of the Electoral College? Once that is accomplished they will be coming for our Bill of Rights: freedom of speech, religion and the right to own firearms. These are among the first freedoms extracted from the civilian population in socialist and communist societies. If it comes to my liberties, I’m with New Hampshire; Live free or Die!

Software Manipulation

Democrats and their “joined at the hip” allies in the MSM want the President to concede the presidential election to Joe Biden. Amid the numerous reports of irregularities the President is pressing on with his lawsuits and recounts. I listened to Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell on the Marie Bartolomo program this morning. Sidney Powell implicated the Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5 software as being responsible for changing votes from President Trump to Joe Biden. That software was used in 69 counties in Michigan and in other key states and could have changed hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of votes. Dominion Voting emerged in 2014 as part of the DELIAN Project within the Clinton Foundation and was committed to supplying voting technology to emerging democracies. That same year the Washington Post listed Dominion Voting as having donated between $25,001-$50,000 to the Clinton Foundation. In addition to their connection to the Clintons, Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly has a vested interest in the company. In Antrim County Michigan (a county that went for Trump by over 4,000 votes in 2016) the voting equipment switched 6,000 votes from Republican to Democrat on election day. Similar software errors were reported in Georgia as well. These errors were caught (and corrected?), but how many errors took place that weren’t caught? In every instance noted, votes were ALWAYS changed from Republican to Democrat. Dominion Voting Systems software was also used in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada, Minnesota and in Maricopa County, Arizona. These are all battleground states that were considered crucial to President Trump and considered possible “red” states. Dominion Voting Systems Inc. is one of only three voting equipment manufacturers responsible for 88% of the American market. The Dominion equipment includes components made in China. This is a concern where tampering of election equipment is possible during the manufacturing process.

What is even more disturbing is that the Democrats (and Joe Biden) are very familiar with a process known as “hammar + scorecard.” On November 7 a block of 150,000 mail-in ballots were “discovered” in Michigan that were 100% marked for Biden. None of them had any additional “down-ballot” marks for any other candidates running for other offices. To have a large batch of votes appear at once all for the same candidate is virtually impossible. Most people who are voting for president also vote for the Senate and House elections. If these are left blank it raises suspicions. Joe Biden was the beneficiary of wide swings in votes in a number of battleground states on election day and the days following. Miraculously enough votes appeared for Biden to overtake President Trump’s early lead in all these states. These Biden ballots were likely produced by the “hammer + scorecard” systems. This system was used by the CIA in 2012 during the Obama administration to change the vote in Florida. The software permits the hacking into state government databases via polling stations, and changes the number of votes reported. Biden is familiar with the system since he and Obama successfully used it to win Florida in 2012. Joe Biden was right when he said, “we have the largest voter fraud organization in history!”

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Party of Violence

For days before the November 3 presidential election major cities were boarding up store front windows in anticipation of post-election rioting and destruction. This was in anticipation of a possible Trump re-election win when there would undoubtedly be widespread violence. According to the polls, Biden had a large lead both nationally and in many battleground states. Democrats were worried that a repeat of 2016 would take place when polls were quite similar yet Clinton LOST to Trump. The nation had come to expect “resistance” to President Trump for the past 4 years and that resistance often came in the form of violence. The Democratic party not only condoned violence but discretely encouraged it by certain members. Apparently they believed that violence and destruction of our cities reflected poorly on the man in the White House. The media often tried to blame violent incidents on “right wing extremist groups.” Right wing violence is a rarity and far outnumbered by left wing violence from groups such as Antifa and others. Often when there is any right wing violence it is only after left wing counter protesters show up. Recent incidents in Portland, Oregon have found “protesters” armed with lethal weapons and blinding lasers intended to cause permanent harm or death to law enforcement. The Democrats have run campaigns that are anti-law enforcement and several within the party are in favor of “defund the police” movements. The Democratic National Convention took place while major rioting and looting was taking place in several major U.S. cities. Despite that the Democratic party virtually ignored the violence and failed to mention anything about the anarchy or lawlessness during the entire convention. No one within the party spoke out forcefully in favor of law and order and against the violence & destruction to our cities. Many people had their businesses destroyed and life’s savings disappear. Mayors of liberal, Democratic cities were telling their police departments to stand down and local District Attorneys were eliminating bail so that these criminals were back out on the street in a matter of hours. This gave us a taste of life under Democratic rule.

The election is over and Joe Biden was victorious, although I will never be convinced that he won an honest election. There were no post election riots, burning of businesses or looting. Trump supporters are disappointed but they are not criminals. Conservatives are God-fearing, hard-working, honest people who will accept results (even though 70% don’t believe the election was fair). If Joe Biden feels we will be forgiving, that is another story. He and every Democrat has called Trump supporters names and made fun of them. So just how would you feel in that situation? If the Republicans retain a majority in the Senate, the damage from a Biden administration will be minimized. The fact that the Republicans gained between 5 & 10 seats in the House shows where America’s politics lie. It is a rejection of socialism and a support for law & order and our police. If the Democrats don’t heed the results of this election they will lose the House completely in the 2022 election. If they (Dems) are smart they will pick a new Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi has nearly ruined her party and the nation as well.

Hypocrisy at Work

Joe Biden has a short memory (or no memory) when it comes to the Logan Act. The Logan Act was enacted in January of 1799 to prevent any U.S. citizen from interacting with a foreign government unless officially designated to do so by the government. The Act was intended to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining our own government’s position.  Following Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, General Flynn, (who had served as a senior advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign) was the president-elect’s choice for National Security Advisor. Flynn made a phone call to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that was monitored as part of a FISA warrant into the bogus Trump/Russia collusion investigation. In a top level meeting that included President Obama, Joe Biden asserted that the Flynn phone call was a violation of the Logan Act. Fast forward to November 2020 and Joe Biden is speaking with leaders of several foreign nations when the current presidential election has yet to be officially certified. Joe Biden is no longer a Senator or vice-president, he is a mere citizen. That is a clear violation of the Logan Act! Everyone understands there are two sets of laws in Washington, one for the Democrats and one for the Republicans. We know that a DOJ within a Biden administration will drop any further investigation of the Hunter Biden foreign influence peddling scheme that was coming to light. Why is it that these potential criminal investigations into Democratic candidates always seem to get deep-sixed while investigations into Republicans seem to go on forever? It may bring an end to the John Durham investigation that was diving into the Obama administration’s abuse of the FISA court. The FBI was spying on the Trump Team during their transition to the White House and the media thought it laughable when the president-elect pointed it out. Donald Trump was never more accurate when he labeled the Washington establishment “the Swamp.”

Joe Biden has already said that he intends on “rejoining” the Paris Accord on global warming. This “agreement” has not been universally accepted (Turkey is not part of the accord) and as of 2017 none of the major industrial nations were anywhere near achieving their carbon reduction goals. China only committed to “leveling off” its carbon emissions by no later than 2030. Then they would reduce their carbon emissions based on the 2005 GDP. President Trump pulled us out of the accord because large-scale polluters such as China and India were not required to reduce their emissions for many years while American industries were forced to absorb the additional costs needed to reduce emissions. Finally the accord was based on promises rather than firm commitments and there were no penalties or means of enforcement for those who did not follow through on their “promises.” The goal of the Paris Accord was to keep global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees C by the end of the 21st century. Even if everyone follows through on their commitments at the Paris Accord, the projected rise in global temperatures will still be 3.2 degrees C. I think Joe has more important things to worry about at the moment than getting us back into the Paris Accord. More on global warming ahead!

Home of the Brave

Originally designated as Armistice Day marking the end of World War I, the day we now call Veteran’s Day serves to honor and thank those who have served in the military. We are blessed to live in a land “of plenty” with freedoms that people of other nations can only experience in their dreams. Those freedoms were purchased with the sacrifices of men and women who were willing to fight (and in some cases die) for us. As the saying goes, “freedom isn’t free” and military cemeteries are filled with the remains of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We owe a debt of gratitude to these “gold star” families who have lost a military member in service to the nation. Every service member understands and accepts the risks involved with his/her enlistment. Former Chief of Staff General John Kelly referred to those who serve as the “top 1%” of the population. Most of us who served don’t feel that we are special in any way, but simply felt a sense of patriotism and a desire to “pay back” for the privilege of having been born in America. Each of us was willing to die if necessary “not because we hated what was in front of us, but because we loved what was behind us.” The all-volunteer force (AVF) that was initiated in 1973 has created a military that is motivated and committed to the task at hand. The future of the nation depends on the continued supply of qualified and dedicated volunteers as eager to serve the nation as those who preceded them. Hopefully we have enough young, enthusiastic recruits capable of meeting all the requirements of today’s military. The world is not getting any safer as more nations are seeking to join the nuclear weapons club, and terrorism remains an ever-present threat.

President Trump has made every effort to revive patriotism and pride in our military. Under his administration funding was significantly increased for the Department of Defense and included significant salary increases and weapons upgrades. Salary is a critical issue if we are to recruit and retain qualified personnel to man increasingly complex military equipment. Defense spending is one area we can not afford to short change. The health and safety of our nation and the world rests on the capability of our military defense. Peace through strength is not some pie in the sky theory, it is a fact of life. We must have better trained & equipped soldiers and maintain superior weapons systems if we are to keep the world safe for ourselves and civilization.