Boehner leaves, a blimp goes limp and bozos moderate a debate

November 1, 2015

With “friends” like this, who needs enemies?

October 28, 2015 won’t go down in history as a “date which will live in infamy” but it does mark a date when three modern truths about the state of America in this early part of the 21st century.

  1. If a politician is of the Washington political establishment, it matters not whether the letter behind the name is a D or an R.  It only matters what is in said politician’s own self-interest.
  2. While our military commanders can shout at the top of their lungs that they don’t want nor need a particular weapon system to carry out their mission, there will always be a Pentagon hack paid for with contractor dollars to keep said system alive, whether needed or not.
  3. No matter how many times the main stream media repeats the meme that it is an unbiased, objective, deliverer of the news, the humans that make up that collective have yet to be show they are anything but the PR arm of the Democrat National Committee.

The morning opened with Benedict John Boehner’s last betrayal of the voters who delivered to him the majority that facilitated his Speakership in the first place.  After long ago abandoning his promise to restore the people’s House to regular order and brushing aside his other promise of a 72 hour review period before voting on proposed legislation it was nothing for him to ram through a two year spending bill that literally made a mockery of the Founding Fathers and the Constitutional process they authored.

As usual, the excuse was that it had to be done to “keep the government open” and protect the “full faith and credit of the United States Government. And also as usual, the spending in Boehner’s betrayal takes place now, while the money to pay for it all comes from the mythical cuts in the “out years” that never materialize.

The mid-day lunch was co-sponsored by the Raytheon corporation and its Pentagon lackeys when one of its JLENS air defense blimps broke loose from its tether, started dragging its tail across the Pennsylvania countryside and left over 30,000 denizens of the Keystone state without power.

Ironically, a Baltimore Sun investigative report just last month had revealed that after 17 years and $2.7 billion already spent the blimps were “hobbled by defective software, vulnerability to bad weather and poor reliability.”  The Sun article further revealed that in 2010, then Army vice chief of staff, Gen. Peter W. Chiarellie tried to kill the bloated, ineffective program but proved no match for Raytheon congressional lobbyists and then vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright who supported the program. The Sun story continued “Cartwright retired the same year — and joined Raytheon’s board of directors five months later. By the end of 2014, Raytheon had paid him more than $828,000 in cash and stock for serving as a director…”  (So much for duty, honor, country.)

Cable channel CNBC underwrote the evening hours with the 3rd Republican Party primary debate.  Pre-billed as the economic segment of the debate schedule it proved to be nothing but.  In the over half a century since the Nixon/Kennedy debate, never has there been a more embarrassing display of ideology and incompetence posing as “journalism” beamed into American homes.

I remember as a kid staring up at the vast Kansas night sky and thinking just how small and insignificant I was.

October 28th showed me that to our political establishment, Pentagon brass and media hacks there is actually something they deem even more insignificant:  the American voter.

FOLLOW UP: Some readers have questioned last week’s column and that perhaps separation between Dr. Ben Carson’s political and book tour camps caused inquiries about WWII bet Arnold Flottman’s ticket dilemma to be ignored.  Valid questions, but the campaign was directed at both and neither responded.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: A version of this column first appeared in the November 1, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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