If sequestration is reeking havoc across the land, as the MSM propaganda networks and the liberal politicians keep saying, why is the stock market at all-time highs?
This is beyond ridiculous. Do they really think North Korea is going to attack the West Coast? Really?
So let me get this straight. Obama had to close the White House to public tours because of budget cuts but we can afford to place 14 additional anti-missile systems on the West Coast to protect against a 3rd world nation that couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a missile from 50 yards away. This country gets more surreal by the day. Have you been surviving those devastating sequestration cuts? The horror!!!!
Run for cover. The North Korean missiles are about to be launched.
Korea tensions push U.S. to up missile defenses
By Don Nissenbaum and Julian Barnes
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes as he watches a military parade in 2012.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Pentagon is preparing to strengthen its missile-defense systems on the West Coast in response to increased threats from North Korea and rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. plans to boost its ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska and California by one-third, adding 14 additional systems to the 30 in place on the West Coast, a senior defense official said Friday. Interceptors are vehicles that are launched to intercept intercontinental missiles in flight.
The expansion in the system was due to be announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at a news conference Friday.
Earlier this month, North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the U.S. and South Korea. While American officials don’t believe North Korea is capable of launching a long-range attack, the threat is seen as a concerning sign of the nation’s state of mind.
Pentagon officials signaled the possible expansion days earlier. “North Korea’s shrill public pronouncements underscore the need for the U.S. to continue to take prudent steps to defeat any future North Korean ICBM,” James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said in a speech last week at the Atlantic Council.
The administration decision comes four years after President Barack Obama put a hold on the deployment plan soon after he took office. Republican lawmakers said Friday they agreed with the enhancement, but said the administration was wrong to freeze the system in 2009.
Obama’s LOL sequester cuts: White House tours, then 60,000 border security agents
It’s been a very strange, unsettling political news week:
President Obama’s sequester idea of forced budget cuts kicked in. Mr. Spend Somemore doesn’t like the idea any longer. So, in true petulant Chicago style the first thing the Obama administration cut was White House tours.
These tours of the people’s house that Obama and his mother-in-law occupy at taxpayer expense largely involve volunteer guides. So, the savings don’t equal the cost of one minute of one engine on Air Force One.
The real reason: Tour tickets are handed to visiting constituents as free gifts by members of Congress, the ones who voted for the sequester that Obama suggested but doesn’t favor today. How do you like your sequester now, guys?
House Speaker John Boehner announced that unlike the White House, congressional leadership had planned for the required sequester cuts by reallocating money.
So, the U.S. Capitol — the symbol of U.S. democracy that President Lincoln ordered built even during the Civil War — will remain open for thousands of American tourist pilgrims on spring break.
What border security?
Late this week as a clever PR warning of how awful sequester is, Obama administration officials ostentatiously sent out notices of possible April furloughs, not for the White House’s extra chefs, groundskeepers, the guy who walks Bo the dog or other federal non-essentials. They sent them out to 60,000 border security personnel.
But even that skewed layoff priority is not the real news.
The real news is we’ve had 60,000 border security personnel on duty all this time? Seriously? That’s roughly 100 battalions. What in Scranton’s name have they been doing? We’ve got 11,000,000 illegals in-country. These “security personnel” can’t even find and deport Obama’s uncle, who’s over-stayed his visa by a quarter-century.
Longer than an Obama speech
The Senate — and millions of Americans watching on TV and online — witnessed an old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday. Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul briefly blocked the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director over foggy administration statements about its legal right to drone-kill Americans at home, as Obama has been doing to his kill-list of terrorist suspects abroad.
While Paul was speaking, fellow Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham enjoyed a delicious dinner with the president, who wouldn’t mind fueling some Republican feuds. Next day McCain strongly criticized Paul in a Senate speech. Probably coincidence.
Paul dropped his objection to Brennan when Atty. Gen. Eric Holder wrote a letter saying Obama wouldn’t drone a law-abiding American to death. The need to promise that a U.S. president wouldn’t vaporize a citizen from above is an amazing measure of the distrust ablaze in Obama’s Washington today.
AP (A happy N.J. Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez)
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