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There are many items in the budget that I'd like to see defunded starting with Congress itself. They work 100 days a year if you can call it work when they accomplish nothing. The rest of the time they are on vacation or fund raising.
They could have easily passed a clean CR yesterday with well over 300 votes but 80 Tea Party Republicans threatened the Speaker of the House with the loss of his job if he allowed the vote. He caved to the extremists and the House shut down the government. Compromise has not been in the vocabulary of the extreme right in over 4 years. Their definition of compromise has been you do what we want of else and in this case repeal the Affordable Care Act or we will shut it down and they did. Considering that it was their Party over 8 years that got us in this financial mess in the first place I find their antics laughable.
The foreign born Rafael "Ted" Cruz is more interested in a 2016 Presidential run than anything else which is why he plays to the Tea Party Brotherhood. His former classmates at Princeton all had the same opinion of him and that he was a jerk. FOX, Limbaugh, Hannity etc. all want him to run and if he does you can count on Hillary as your next President.
You are right Republic is a disaster. I had relatives coming to Steamboat in August. They arrived in DEN on time from NY. When they got to the HDN gate they were told it was delayed 1 hour waiting on crew to arrive. Found out later they used the HDN crew on another flight then had to cancel the flight which was full because they did not have a replacement crew. This also cancelled the 620am flight in the morning which was also full. We had to drive to Denver in the morning to pick them up because they could not get them out till the following evening. They also had to pay for their own hotel and they were refused a refund for the HDN flight. I hate driving to Denver for a flight but it is the only way you can be assured to make your flight out of Denver after ski season ends. Republic charges an additional $200+ round trip to fly to Denver which is considerably more than parking at the airport and you don't have to worry about making your connection or getting stranded.
Not all leadership is good even Conservative leadership. Look where this country was on Jan.1, 2001 and where we were on Jan.1, 2009. We had leadership that ran the country right off the cliff with 2 unfunded grossly mismanaged wars costing the lives of over 6000 American troops and almost $ 3 Trillion, massive deficit spending, allowing the Banks to do anything they wanted that gave us the worst recession since the Great Depression causing massive unemployment . It has been quite awhile since we had what I would call good leadership.
Just last week on Aug.1 we had relatives coming to Hayden on FLT.4930 at 758pm which was full. When they arrived in Denver at 725pm from NY their flight to Hayden was on time. By the time they reached the gate it was delayed 1 hour and 14 minutes for crew. They had taken the Hayden crew and used it on another flight. At 9pm they cancelled the flight for no crew being available which also meant the 620am full flight to Denver the next morning was also cancelled. The 3 family members could not be re-booked till the following evening. They were sent to a hotel at midnight and when they arrived there were no rooms so they had to find another hotel at their expense because no one at United could be contacted. On top of that their luggage was lost. They got to bed at 3am. My wife drove to Denver the first thing in the morning to pick them up for the 3 hour ride each way.
With high priced air service like this from Republic you are better off driving to Denver and not take the chance. It is more than likely cheaper and less stressful.
Correction-We have spent so far $850 Billion in Afghanistan not $850 Million.
Just like Gitmo Congress will not let us get out as far as I can tell. We still have a $600 + million Embassy to support in Iraq and a $34 million Military Hq. that has never been used in Afghanistan they can't decide what to do with. There are members of Congress that still want us to get involved in Syria. Congress can cut off all the funds tomorrow and we'd be out in short order but they won't. Too many companies make too much money on wars and we get stuck with the bill. Were did the $2 Trillion spent on Iraq and the $850 Million spent on Afghanistan go. Follow the money and you will have your answer. .
I find it appalling that Liz and Mr. Dick will be here in Steamboat. I can give you 4855 good reasons why Mr. H. should not have invited him. That is how many of our troops died when he lied us into Iraq. He has brought us Ann Coulter, Karl Rove and now Mr. Death.
Just before his election to VP in an interview Dick was asked why the elder Pres. Bush did not invade Iraq in 1991. He said if they did it would cause a civil war and it would be a total disaster and it would cost the US Billions and many lives. It was one the few times Cheney was right. But why did he lie to Pres. Bush to get him to invade in 2003? Very simply money. He and his Defense Contractors friends like Halliburton made $100's of Billions on this war with no bid cost plus 10% contracts and in turn his personal wealth grew to $90 million. Each day our surviving troops have to wake up to no arms, no legs and some no brains and in turn Cheney and his cronies laugh all the way to the bank.
I can't believe any true American would give this liar a nickel of their money. Save it to next year's speaker. I hear it will be George Zimmerman.
As Republican Senator Toomey said today " Background checks is NOT gun control it is just plain common sense".
You are right Chicago has a high rate of gun violence and also has strict gun control laws. Why is that? The criminals just cross the state border and go to a gun show with cash and buy anything they want no questions asked. This is why we need Universal background checks on all gun purchases to try and stop criminals, terrorists and nut cases from getting a lethal weapon. Is it fool proof? Heavens no but with a September 11 almost every month with nearly 3000 gun deaths something is better than nothing. If law abiding citizens can get a background check when they go to a licensed dealer why not everyone else. This does not infringe on the 2nd Amendment at all as was affirmed by Judge Scalia of the Supreme Court many years ago. Just yesterday two 4 year old's got a hold of a weapon and one killed his Mother and the other mortally shot another 6 year old child. Who let this happen?
The US has the most guns in the world and in turn the highest rate of gun violence. Only Mexico (thanks to Americans selling weapons to the drug cartels) and Yemen have a higher rate. Our rate is 4 to 10 times higher than every Western country. Twenty years ago Australia had the same problem we are having and they instituted Universal background checks and the rate of gun violence dropped 60 %.
The big problem is that this is not a 2nd Amendment issue it is a money issue. The gun makers are making record profits and they fund the NRA who in turn funds the politicians with blood money. This is why the NRA has changed its position over the last few years. Just 10 years ago they were in favor of Universal background checks. Gun violence is out of control and something must be done and Universal background checks is a reasonable common sense start to prevent little children from being gunned down before they have a chance to exercise their RIGHT to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They deserve a VOTE!
Last month at Vet's week everyone could have seen Mr. Cheney's legacy first hand. One of the young men there had lost both legs and one arm in Iraq. He is one of the tens of thousand of Americans who lost their lives or where disabled thanks to this man who led the march to war in Iraq. These brave souls or their families live everyday with this burden thanks to Mr. Cheney. His friends in the Defense Industry especially Halliburton laughed all the way to the bank and our troops paid the price. He is famous for telling us we would have a mushroom cloud here if we didn't invade because Sadam had bought nuclear material in Africa. What he left out was the CIA had told him months earlier that this was false yet he had Pres. Bush use it in his State of the Union address in 2003. This was used as the reason to go to war. This is just one of his false statements that led to the deaths of so many Americans. I would rather see him in Gitmo not Steamboat.
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