Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-08B: Flash glances and trouble brewing

By Nathan Barton

Let’s start with some really quick glances at news the beginning of this week.

Vilsack: Inner City ‘Minority’ Child ‘Doesn’t Even Know What a Tomato Is’ not just rude and insulting, but a lie.

Taliban Says It’s Suspending Prisoner-Swap Talks, Which WH Says Aren’t Happening, so who do we believe? I figure NONE of them.

Gallup: 53% of Americans Say Obama Not Respected by Other World Leaders – and besides the voters, who do we have to blame?

Feds Spend $356,337 on ‘Simulation Facility’ to Study How People Cross the Road Hopefully a way so that female joggers crossing the road don’t get assaulted by fat cops coping a feel?

FLASHBACK: Boehner on the Minimum Wage Increase: He’d Rather ‘Commit Suicide’, but then Boehner is an emo hypocrite: what do you expect?

Obama: ‘Most Working Americans Make More Than the Minimum Wage Already’ – and even some of them will lose their jobs when the cost of giving everyone $10/hour – regardless of contribution – kicks in.

Mama’s Note: I don’t see that happening either. Small business did compromise a lot, for years, with the “minimum wage” nonsense. With “Obummercare” and ongoing tax, regulatory squeezes going on, not to mention the overall economy and credit market, look for more and more businesses of all sizes to fold or move offshore. No business can pay more than an employee actually earns unless it is stolen from others who produce more – and the producers are just about tapped out. The rock is just about to meet the hard place.

GAO: Correlation Between Rising Student Loans and Higher College Costs ‘Difficult to Discern’. So says government, which doesn’t understand basic economics like supply and demand.  Student loans INCREASE demand; with a limited supply, PRICES RISE.  Duh!

On to some more news in detail.

First, it is clear that Ukraine’s troubles are FAR from over.

An arrest warrant was issued for Ukraine’s Yanukovych, who ‘Amassed powers’ or did he?  On the one hand, we hear that his government was “constitutional” and “legitimate.”  That is the line that the Russians and some international groups are giving.  In response to that,  a few days ago, Susan Rice said that Russian military intervention in Ukraine ‘Would be a grave mistake.’ DC and Brussels say Yanukovych “amassed powers,” implying he is the bad guy.  Meanwhile, here in DC, we have this man who sits in 1600 Pennsy busy “amassing powers” and HE is legitimate?  Let me see: Libya, Egypt, Syria, now Ukraine: the FedGov is supporting all these glorious revolutions against autocratic, supposedly ideologically-driven autocrats, while building a bigger autocracy in North America.  What is wrong with this picture?

Second, things are heating up Stateside.

Some of those racists who supported the “messiah” because of their skin color instead of their political positions seem to be changing their tune.  It seems that a good number of “Black pastors” [sic] have said that it is time to impeach Holder because he is “destroying marriage.”  Meanwhile Holder himself invites the state AGs to do as he did: Don’t defend laws banning same-sex marriage [sic].  I guess in this case he is at least not a hypocrite.  (Unlike his “messiah.”)  It is clear that he is shirking his duty.  As he and those like him keep telling us, “If you don’t like the law, you don’t have the right to ignore it, you have to work to change it.  Work in the system, mind you.”  (I don’t buy their argument, but THEY are the ones who make that argument: along with too many people who refuse to see the truth and follow it.)

And there is a lot stateside regarding military affairs and personnel, so let us look at military related news for a bit.

We read that post-9/11 veterans who are not In labor force has more than doubled under the “messiah.” There are, of course, many reasons for that: the continuing Crash of 2009 and everything that DC has done to make it worse, and the fact that being good at leading a patrol and dealing with IEDs in a Mesopotamian village or a cobbled mountain trail in the foothills of the Hindu Kush is NOT directly transferable to an American civilian sector that is NOT on a war footing.  But the disdain shown for the military and those serving by the current squatters at 1600 Pennsy is much the same as during Bill and Hillary’s time there.  And the mental and physical stress of supposedly preserving American’s freedom while taking the lives and liberty of so many others, and knowing what is going on back home is the same thing, is taking a terrible toll on combat and non-combat veterans alike.  Especially when your senior leadership is constantly attacking your morals, your upbringing, and the ideals that caused you to join in the first place.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the fact that DOD is to continue using the Southern Poverty Law Center as a training resource:  this is the liberal/Tranzi organization that considers most christians to be terrorists, and believes that racism is the primary motivation for libertarians.

We are getting some feedback on the newly proposed DoD cuts.  First, Dick Cheney sees ‘enormous long-term damage’ in military cuts.  Well of course, he would.  But he may be right.  It is not the size of the cuts, but the way the cuts are being done, that SHOULD make people worried.  But too many people have a knee-jerk reaction to cuts and don’t think it through.  It is not numbers of troops or ships or planes that needs to be cut as much as it is WHERE we have and send those people:  We have no need for boots on the ground or even planes in the air over 85% of the world.  Eyes and ears, yes.  Ships patrolling the sea lanes, probably yes.  Even (a few) forward operating bases.  And allies.  But we don’t need a world empire, at least not a military one.  Not that THIS administration agrees: they want an empire both abroad AND at home: states that are nothing more than provinces or administrative districts.

Which is one reason for this next story.  It should be no surprise to hear that Republican governors are offended by the “messiah’s” antagonistic ‘tone’ on National Guard cuts.  These cuts are both in manpower AND in firepower: removing of attack helicopters and giving them more utility ‘copters, and removing other combat units.  Maybe I am paranoid, but this seems obvious:  the more DC integrates the Guard units with Regular Army and Army Reserve units, the less the Guard can defend their homelands against the greatest threat TO those homelands: the FedGov itself.  As DOJ and DHS become more powerful, more heavily armed, the National Guard and the associated State Guards and State Military Reserves become more important.  And the more the Guard is reduced in size, the more dependent on federal aid in case of natural disaster and other emergencies the states become.

Governors to Obama: ‘Don’t Cut the National Guard’ as part of the reduction in force and reorganization: it means that the Guard would be more and more tail and more and more toothless: unable to defend the states against FedGov invasion (or so they think).  The Air Force wants to get rid of A-10s (again and again and again) – fine: transfer them to the Air Guards:  they were designed to work against T72s and T80s but will work against M1s and M2s just as well, with good pilots and leaders.

More, but I’ll continue in my next post.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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