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A word about benefits and costs in the Military

Posted in army life, army training, HOOAH!, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 26, November 2013 by chockblock

Gee seems personnel costs aren’t eating the DOD alive. That the DOD’s senior leadership was lying and cost are up elswhere in larger ammounts than ”’personnel”’!.

Okay, lemmie ‘splain:

In the 90′s, weapons tech was teh smexy, but the budget was low. Pay, the housing allowance and other bennies ”barely” kept up with inflation. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines were on food stamps. Units were cut right and left (look at a map of pre-1989 West Germany, 1995 Germany and now). Many qualified troops left as flying hours were cut, 2 aircraft were cannibalized to keep one flying and the whole being military on food stamps thing.

Slick Willie agreed to the Future Combat System, JSF and a few other weapons programs, that were delayed. He punted and was more interested in oval sex in the oral office.

So 9/11 happened, BAH and pay were on the upswing. While recruitment was up before OIF, ~2004 the numbers went down. I was there, headlines like “empty seats at Benning” were in the Army times. Then some brain dead git addicted to power point came up with the “moral waiver”. Promotion points dipped and many idiots got in. So to preserve the proggies and hardware (and fat contracts) This Aint Hell gives us the money quote:

“Congress is deeply resistant to cutting pay and benefits. So the Pentagon leadership’s rhetorical focus on soaring personnel costs may help reduce pressure on the broader military budget.

“If you focus on the least doable thing, what you gain is leverage to bring the whole budget up,” Adams said. “By pointing to the hardest thing to change, they hope that the whole budget will continue to be high.”
Stars & Stripes: Report: Pentagon emphasizing personnel, but budget costs up across the board”

Well, not only is it the “hardest thing to change”, it impacts fewer voters, because cutting actual defense spending impacts contracting and manufacturing jobs and entire local economies. Whereas, cutting the number and pay of troops affects far fewer people – people who wouldn’t ordinarily vote for the current administration and it’s less likely to have any real impact on elections.
– Jonn Lilyea slams the DoD

Yup, because having good troops leave because they can’t feed their families, pilots leave because of poor maintenance and low flying hours and a garrison military nitpicking every little behavior worked so well in the Clinton Era.

If the Bush era was one of fat waste and flushing money down the toilet, the Clinto era was one of dry rot. It was Clinton’s DOD that came up with contractors and no-bid contacts to DynCorp, KBR et al. Bush just went over the top. Far from saving money, the new soldiers of fortune cost much, much more:

“We know that sergeants in the military generally cost the Government between $50,000 to $70,000 per year. We also know that a comparable position at Blackwater costs the Federal Government over $400,000, six times as much.”

The left wants to go back to a draft so they can take money from readiness, going back to the era of a small army/navy swelling with draftees. We have members of Congress saying that we need to “slash” future bennies.

Bollocks.

What is needed is to fire the contractors, replace them with Reservists/National Guard, enlarge the Guard and Reserve and slash the DoD Civlians, O-5 and up, E-7 and up armchair warriors who’ve never deployed. End the draft.

When an Active duty US Vice Adm. Bill Moran has to “dispell rumors”, things are bad (go click on that link).

The 90′s sucked. As troops leave for better pay elsewhere, the military rots from within. I suspect that’s what some want, but do we really want a return to the 30′s Army?

404

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12, October 2013 by chockblock

So the pre-2010 Congress and the White Hose forced the “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” Affordable Care Act.

What did we get?

404

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“But nearly a week after launch and the site is still unable to function. It seems that there is at least one American who has successfully registered on the site. The fact that all news agencies seem to have called this one man implies that he may be the only one.”

Healthcare.gov goes 404 on America“, exploreb2b.com

One Congressman wants Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign.

I agree. They had 3 years to get this to work. Healthcare costs are going up and the site is being taken down as of 11 October to be “fixed”. In the corporate world Sebelius would be forced out.

Oh and this travesty cost $500 million to build. The Canadians FIRED the firm behind Healthcare.gov…

double_facepalm
We were warned:

This very personal relationship, “value”, has two factors for a human being: first, what he can do with a thing, its use to him… and second, what he must do to get it, its cost to him. There is an old song which asserts that “the best things in life are free”. Not true! Utterly false! This was the tragic fallacy which brought on the decadence and collapse of the democracies of the twentieth century; those noble experiments failed because the people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted… and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears

Robert A. HeinleinStarshipTroopers

No, we are not Europe

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 23, November 2012 by chockblock

“Sweden has the population of North Carolina, no real linguistic or religious diversity, no experience of chattel slavery or mass immigration (and the children of recent immigrants in Sweden, incidentally, tend to have much higher poverty rates than the native-born), and a culture of Lutheran thrift and prudence that endures even though Lutheranism itself is on life support. America is and always has been a country of much greater diversity and wider cultural extremes, “
Can We Be Sweden?, Ross Douthat, New York Times.com. Via Insty

“Bush didn’t create the conditions that led to the crash; he inherited them from Bill Clinton, and a large cast of thousands all played their own parts. Republican policies had no role in the crash; and the Democrats’ policies would have had no role, either.”
“Another place where Republicans keep failing”, Noemie Emery, Washingtonexaminer.com

Most of the US Federal Budget goes to that govm’ent cheese.

Even Sweden or Europe can’t afford to be the European Welfare state:

“But while austerity tears at the funeral industry — and some say the social fabric of the country — it has been a boon for science. Donating a body has become such a popular alternative to the cost of a funeral that some medical schools complain they do not have enough refrigerators to store all of them…”
Economic Crisis Leaves Hard-Hit Spaniards Scrimping on Funerals, NYT.com

“According to Swedish Statistics, unemployment in May 2011 was 7.9% in the general population and 25.9% amongst 15-25 year olds.”–Wikipeida

U.S. unemployment is at 7.9 percent. What does it all mean?

It means that while some might blame the Cold War, Iraq War, the DoD, Regan, the Bush Presidents, it’s the quest for a socialist state and the welfare state that’s got this country in the shape it’s in. Both parties got Uncle Sam in the housing business. The result was good money was sent to bad loans. We knew this was coming: articles, teevee shows, talking heads talking about the end of cheap money.

We did nothing. George W. Bush tried, but the Congress stopped him.

It would be nice to give a house to everyone. It would be nice to have a guaranteed income. One of my college buddies liked to rant that “in Europe, you were guaranteed an income of $20K a year no matter what.” I wish I could see him now.

The US floated Europe during the Cold War. While American GI’s stood guard, Europeans partied, or in Sweden’s case, stayed neutral. Communism fell, pulling the rug out from under the socialist lie. We were promised a “peace dividend”, that went away with the conflict of the 90′s and 9/11.

But still the advocates of govm’ent cheeze pressed on. From LBJ and his War on Poverty to the Community Reinvestment Act of the Clinton-Era, politicians promised something for nothing. And in times of crisis the cry of “Free stuff!” gets louder. Our economic problems will only get worse as more people and special interests ask for more government money. With money comes power and with power comes attempts at control.

Sadly government control and government money distort the economy. High taxes drain the economy, backing loans mean more bad loans get made. Government steps in to “regulate” things and now we have the mess we are in. Government expanding to meet the needs of an expanding government.

Instapudit says that the answer is no, we can’t be Sweden. We can’t be France in the 70′s, Europe in the 90′s or Japan in the 80′s. No matter how much liberals try to turn the USA into Europe 2.0. All of those economies were founded on lies (and helped by American military and economic might). Some have recovered, others are spiraling downward.

We need to look to an American solution. If people want Sweden, they should move to Sweden.

Doubling down on stupid: the “cost” of defense part II

Posted in guns, HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 14, November 2012 by chockblock

Oh Time magazine, you show how stuck in the 1960′s old media is:

The accumulating damage wrought by the permanent war economy started to accelerate in the 1970s, and by 1980, the cancer metastasized: militarization and managerialization began to openly thrive at the expense of the traditional high-wage manufacturing sector, in effect, siphoning off money flows via a combination of government handouts and favorable tax treatment that in effect rewarded both the looting of the tax base and the draining of competitiveness and ingenuity from the civilian manufacturing sector (via the increased defense subsidy, leveraged buyouts, offshoring of jobs, emphasizing short-term focus to pump stock prices, etc.)

If you want to learn more about the important but little examined subject of defense dependency, and by extension, learn more about why America is becoming a third world nation, the best introduction is Melman’s* elegantly argued 11-page prologue to Profits Without Production, aptly titled ”How the Yankees Lost Their Know-how.”

Chuck Spinney uses Time’s battleland blog to give cover for the failure of the Democrat’s current wet dream welfare state. The truth as provided by Robert J. Samuelson of the Washington Post (?):

The welfare state’s great contradiction — the reason its politics are so messy — is that what seems good for the individual is not, when multiplied by thousands or millions of cases, always good for society. Politicians appeal to individuals who vote, but in doing so may shortchange the nation. Most obviously: The welfare state’s costs may depress economic growth.

The need is not to dismantle the welfare state but to modernize it gradually, preserving its virtues, minimizing its vices and not doing it abruptly so as to derail the recovery. But first we need to admit it exists.

I take back some of my vitriol I had for WaPo.

It wasn’t the Regan buildup that somewho screwed the US economy. It was guys like Mike Milken, the short sighted labor unions and bad decisions by rock star CEO’s that put American industry on it’s rocky course. Between labor unions asking for the moon, a finance sector looking for a quick buck and CEO’s more concerned about their golden parachute it’s a wonder that Japan didn’t take over the world:

Actually, the Japanese hypergrowth of the ’80s was built on a system of buddy-buddy relationships between various corporations and the government. At the time, this system appeared to be a triumph of modern corporatism and state-directed capitalism, but nowadays, we just call it “crony capitalism”. Predictably, this created an unsustainable economy based on *ahem* loose credit, selling below profit, and toxic loans. At its peak, property values became massively overinflated, to the point where prime real-estate in Tokyo could sell for more than the entire GDP of smaller countries. Once the bubble popped, the economy stagnated, and Japan entered a “lost decade” (or two). Banks became zombie banks, the central bank got its hands stuck in a liquidity trap, and Japanese twenty-somethings faced a fate worse than death: while their fathers had enjoyed lifetime employment at one company, they moved from temp job to temp job, failing to build much in the way of careers. In short, they weren’t half as inhuman as the mythos.

Wow, TvTropes beats liberal bullshit again!

Here is the take away via John Nolte at Breitbart.com:

Naturally, this won’t end with Obama leaving office in 2016. For the media will then write the first draft of history with a flood of books proclaiming Obama’s greatness — regardless of the actual results. And if this first draft of history is based on what we’ve seen throughout his presidency, Obama will be graded on a curve so steep it will require a guard rail.

So, no, Libya will never be properly investigated. Furthermore, no matter how bad the economy gets, Obama will always be credited for saving us from “Bush’s Depression.”

Yeah so the DoD will be gutted, America won’t be able to save South Korea, Taiwan, Israel or the next country old media wants us to save (*cough like Bosnia cough*).

But people will be able to buy Iphones with their EBT. That’s…um…yeah…

The liberal narrative

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 1, September 2012 by chockblock

Liberals have a strange way of viewing the world:

As so it beings. The left is losing it’s mind as it’s confronted with reality. Maybe the voters are tired of not having jobs. Maybe the fading “Hope and Change” posters just aren’t enough.

There will be anger and protests. The “unbiased” media will stay in the tank for the left. There will be shitty movies and stupid actors.

Don’t panic! The key is for conservatives (the real reality based community) to stay on message. Let the lefties dress up in stupid costumes, parade fake veterans and riot. We have a party and a ticket that will fix what’s wrong. But we have to vote them into office. The left is good at shrieking when it can’t get it’s way. We need to be better than that. Gaffes will happen, it’s still a long way to November. But we have a candidate, a plan and a platform.

The left has it’s dog whistles. They bitterly cling to Bush, even though he’s been out of office for 3 1/2 years.

How's that hopey changey thing now?

How’s that hopey changey thing now?

About that Todd Akin fella…

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 21, August 2012 by chockblock

So it seems that some GOP backbencher opened his mouth and the stupid thus flowed fourth:

““Legitimate rape” became a Twitter trending topic in the U.S. this afternoon after liberal blog Talking Points Memo posted a video of Rep. Todd Akin claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” are unlikely to become pregnant.” Twitchy

A washed up actor wanted Sarah Palin “gang raped.” Wayne Brady had to apologize for mocking Sarah Palin’s child. And a democrat was caught trying to have sex with a 17 year old boy.

And the media was silent.

The media is in the tank for the left. Anything to put democrats in office and keep them there.
$500 million was lost to Solyndra’s bankruptcy and all the taxpayers got was some crappy artwork.

I’ve held that the left will go insane, I think they already have. Of course the GOP establishment likes to front candidates who are brainless. It’s to be expected from stuffy old money “conservatives” more interested in mooching off the taxpayer. That’s why the 2008 McCain campaign sucked donkey balls, they ran a 1960′s era Republican campaign and forgot about the Tea Party. Akin is an oxygen sucker, someone the party should kick to the curb.

The left? A bunch of vile commie punks who will wreck the economy much like they did Hollywood.

Liberalism’s fall: the left will go insane

Posted in rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 26, June 2012 by chockblock

If the Democrats lose the Whitehouse we’ll see the left explode in rage and craziness not seen since the 2000 election.

When elections don’t go the left’s way, they file lawsuits. When a president or candidate they don’t like becomes popular, they ridicule them in the media. When bloggers blog, journalists ask questions or people want answers: ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK.

The left has a narrative. One where JFk and 9/11 were plots of a vast right-wing conspiracy, and the left is some shining beacon of hope. The truth is that JFK was the victim of a left-wing nut, Islamists planned the 9/11 attacks, and the left has been shilling the same message for decades.

But like a child who refused to give up Santa Claus, the left loves it’s narrative. They need that narrative. If the truth comes out, they have to admit that they failed. That we can’t afford the welfare state they sold us. Admit that we need to prepare for a hostile world not cower or appease those who want to kill us.

There will be fiction, protests, another “Occupy” movement, more SWATings, more deranged acts disguised as “dissent”. They will not accept change lightly. We must be ready. The crazy is coming, brace yourselves.

RESIGN, HOLDER

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , on 22, June 2012 by chockblock

Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry
1970 – 2010

“Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth. Our son, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was killed by members of a Mexican drug cartel armed with weapons from this failed Justice Department gun trafficking investigation. For more than 18 months we have been asking our federal government for justice and accountability. The documents sought by the House Oversight Committee and associated with Operation Fast and Furious should be produced and turned over to the committee. Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.”
– Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s parents, Josephine Terry and Kent Terry Sr.

RESIGN, HOLDER

RESIGN, HOLDER

RESIGN, HOLDER

More of that Smart Diplomacy we were promised[tm]

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 13, June 2012 by chockblock

“We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria,” Mrs. Clinton said at an appearance with President Shimon Peres of Israel. “They have, from time to time, said that we shouldn’t worry; everything they’re shipping is unrelated to their actions internally. That’s patently untrue.”…

The fierce government assaults from the air are partly a response to improved tactics and weaponry among the opposition forces, which have recently received more powerful antitank missiles from Turkey, with the financial support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to members of the Syrian National Council, the main opposition group in exile, and other activists.

The United States, these activists said, was consulted about these weapons transfers. Officials in Washington said the United States did not take part in arms shipments to the rebels, though they recognized that Syria’s neighbors would do so, and that it was important to ensure that weapons did not end up in the hands of Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups…
–”Heavier Weapons Push Syrian Crisis Toward Civil War“: New York Times, By MARK LANDLER and NEIL MacFARQUHAR:June 12, 2012

(h/t: Hotair.com)

Dafuq did i just read? Isn’t Russia on our side? Oh wait…we’ve seen this before:

According to the Moscow Centre for Strategy and Technology Analysis, the Iskander-M system was combat-tested in the 2008 South Ossetia war with Georgia and it proved highly effective in destroying military targets and infrastructure.[10] Quoting unconfirmed reports,[who?] Moscow Defense Brief says that it was an Iskander missile that inflicted a high precision strike on the Georgian Separate Tank Battalion base in Gori, destroying 28 tanks. Russian officials have admitted to using the Iskander missile against Georgia and official reports[who?] testify to the high effectiveness of the Iskander missiles, as one of the most devastating and accurate weapons in the Russian arsenal.[11] Georgian authorities later claimed that none of the targeted areas had any military installations or troops formations at the time of attacks; and the Iskander missiles were fired at civilian areas, including Baku-Supsa Oil Pipeline.[12]
–Wikipeida

Treaties are ink on a page. Russia will just do what it wants, as will China. They don’t care. North Korea is propped up by China because it ties up US forces in Asia. Russia wants to see the US hurt. Our allies bleeding and US forces humiliated. Korea, Vietnam, Israel, South America, Africa. Rifles, machine guns, tanks, ships, Migs and lots of Ak-47′s. There is a reason Hollywood loves to put them in the hands of their characters.

The left keeps talking about the UN and diplomacy. How conflict resolution and blah blah blah….

When it comes down to it, bad men will do bad things. The left that hates the military, can’t stand George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq will scream for troops on the ground. The UN? Useless.

The world is a dangerous place. We need real leadership in the State Department. Not liberals thinking that good intentions and “reset buttons” are the answers to everything.

Liberalism’s Fall: A dull, empty thud

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 26, May 2012 by chockblock

I always though that the occupy movement would be the high water mark of American liberalism. Seems that the Wisconsin recall of Gov. Walker and the lefty temper tantrum is not going according to plan. A Republican gov wants to balance his state’s budget. Cuts off the gravy train from the public sector (gov’ment employee) unions that had been getting fat at tax payer expense. Left goes nuts…and (hopefully) loses. For the left it was almost occupy 0.1 (they were angry at Walker before anti-Semitic adbusters mag came up with “Occupy Wall Street”).

Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to believe liberals believe in liberalism anymore.

With the obvious global meltdown of Keynesian economics [1], how could anyone remotely intelligent support the continued deficit spending that is driving the Western World into bankruptcy?
Is Liberalism Dead?
By Roger L Simon On May 25, 2012, pjmedia.com

The left likes to use humor, satire, phony vets, lies and propaganda to hide the Marxism under the hood of their world view. Witness the remake of Robocop. It was a socialist movie disguised as an action flick. The remake has a new character who “finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation.”. *sigh*

It’s no secret that leftist ideas on society and the economy don’t work. Look at Detroit. Europe has yet to pay the bill for decades of Keynesian policies. But the Europeans what their bread and paid vacations. Talk of the “99%” is a dog whistle for proletariat. Leaders on the left campaign on taxing the rich as they rake in donations for they very “1%” they claim to hate.

Senator Charles F. Meachum: There are no sides. There’s no Sunnis and Shiites. There’s no Democrats and Republicans. There’s only HAVES and HAVE-NOTS

Shooter (2007)

The above quote from another shitty lefty film shows the left in a nutshell. It’s about getting their hands on money and power. It’s about making things “fair” (their version), justice (for their causes) and fuck you if you stand in their way.

Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, famously declared: “Diversity is not merely a desirable addition to a well-run education. It is as essential as the study of the Middle Ages, of international politics and of Shakespeare.”
Top five cliches that liberals use to avoid real arguments , By Jonah Goldberg. Washington Post.com

“Now, Elizabeth Warren’s current claim is that she had no idea Harvard was listing her as a Native American, and no idea where they might have gotten that idea from.”
Ace: “Boston Globe Takes a Tomahawk To Elizabeth Warren’s Fauxcahontas Claims”

Just like Ward Churchill, Warren claimed to be Native American because it fit her need and the lefty narrative. It wasn’t true for a fake Indian
professor and neither is it true for Warren.

Back when there were only three networks ( and PBS), newspapers and magazines and the internet was confined to colleges and DoD labs, the left got away with anything. They could come up with all kinds of bullshit. Now we live with +500 plus channels, internet and we can fact check their asses.

Liberals can protect themselves better against assaults from outside their cocoon. They can stay out of megachurches and make sure their remote controls never click on Fox News. They can stay off the AM radio dial so they will never hear Rush Limbaugh.
Barone: Life in a cocoon dulls political responses: Michael Barone, washingtonexaminer.com

In their films, their media, blogs and occupy protests, it’s “haves” vs. “havenots”. Labels change, but they keep seeing themselves as the “havenots”. They can rage aganist Nixon, Regan Bush (Sr. and Jr.) and stay smug. Those right wing meanies are just fanatics, the “reality based community” speaks “truth to power”.

And thus liberalism is losing badly. Reality is not a shitty Hollywood film. Socialism is a hard sell to most Americans. Marx and Keynes have been overtaken by history. But the left fights on. Wrapping themselves in thought terminating cliches and emotional attacks, they hope to survive. But the truth is winning.

If Gov. Walker survives the Wisconsin Recall, if the Occupy movement continues to fizzle, I predict that the Marxist-Socialist crap we call “liberalism” will fade with time. They’ll join the ranks of 9-11 truthers, radical peaceniks, commies and hippes in the past.

I can’t wait.

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