Tag Archives: Senate

US Military Okay with Repealing DADT

Dec. 1, 2010 The US Military is okay with repealing DADT and the latest study report indicates that over 70 percent of the service people asked said they would not have a problem with repealing DADT.  The Pentagon released its much anticipated report on  DADT and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates approved of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t tell urging the Senate to repeal the old legislation.

Back in the Presidency of Bill Clinton some 17 years ago, Don’t Ask -Don’t Tell was a compromise solution for gay troops serving their country in the military.  But this act made them hide their identity and told them basically and pathetically to ” go back into the closet, we don’t want to hear about you”.

This basically was a denial of human rights, and a denial of a service man or woman’s life as a minority group where the military was seen to be a force of bigots, gay haters and macho men who did not want gays to servi i nthe armed forces.

That was then, this is now.  In the year 2010 surely we have grown, learned and come out of our caves with a different perspective.  For a modern US fighting force to be strong all members of the team must be equal, equal in treatment and equal in rights but this is still not the case.

A Handful of Republicans are Holding on to DADT

Led by Sen. John McCain a handful of older republicans like John McCain are stopping the repeal of Don’t Ask -Don’t Tell.  Just a few of these old republicans are holding on for dear life that the military should somehow treat gays as equals.  A sad state for the party that call themselves reformed and ready to tackle the issues of today but it seems like such a milestone to declare all soldiers are equal for this group of conservatives.

One would suspect that religious organizations are funding, and firing up this handful of republicans who oppose gays so vigorously in the Senate and the House.   McCain himself keeps adding more obvious road blocks to repealing don’t ask -don’t tell and has for years even though he has been out of the military for over forty years or more.  It is clear to state McCain is out of touch with the reality of today’s modern soldiers who don’t sweat the small stuff, they are more concerned with staying alive and fighting.  First McCain demanded that all the military leaders must approve the repeal, then he wanted a study, then the study wasn’t good enough then we have to hear from the admirals of each force, even though the Generals and Secretary of State have already verbally approved the repeal.

John McCain Mis-Spoke Again abut Robert Gates Never Having Served in the Military

As John McCain dismissed the November 30 Pentagon study even before it was released and in an interview with NBC yesterday he indicated Robert Gates was a “political appointee who’s never been in the military”.

Again we see some of the mental incapacities of John McCain rearing its ugly head again when he speaks since he has made so many gaffs in the past, especially his identity as a Maverick.

A spokesperson for John McCain said he “mis-spoke” about Secretary of Defense Robert Gate’s military career.

The Face of Bigotry in the Military -A Prisoner of War-Claim to Fame John McCain
The Face of Bigotry in the Military -A Prisoner of War-Claim to Fame John McCain

Robert Gates served as a Second Lieutenant for the Air Force in 1967 which was the same year that McCain was injured in a fire on a carrier off the coast of Vietnam.

John McCain’s claim to fame in his military career is being captured as a prisoner in Vietnam and very little else is glowing in his military career except he crashed up a few planes by accident.

The republicans have to remind themselves that it was John McCain, the self proclaimed maverick who brought us the likes of Sarah Palin for the media to feast on and she has been giving since 2008.

The fact is that this issue has to be cleaned up finally before the lame duck session begins and and up and down vote would work favorably to the end of DADT.  The repeal of DADT all boils down to a fundamental denial of rights for a minority group of Americans who are laying down their very lives for their country.  Why would the United States deny these brave soldiers their rights, and their freedoms to live their lives accordingly.

Approximately 22 studies have been paid for and under taken to analyze the responses of the men and women serving in the US military from all branches.  The most recent study results released yesterday Nov. 30, 2010 revealed that an overwhelming majority of soldiers do not have a problem with gays serving along side them.

The Senators who’s votes will count are: Claire McCaskill, Olymia Snowe, Susan Collins, Scott Brown, George LeMieux, George Voinovich, and Jim Webb.  Over 40 republican senators voted to prevent a decision by the majority of the senate this past September.

It is important for all Senators to hear the people on this issue and they have already heard from the military leaders and their soldiers. Contact your local politician, state representatives and let them know what you support.

Tags: Lame Duck, DADT, Senate, John McCain’s claim to fame, DADT held up by Republicans,  Robert Gates military career-NBC News Gaff, McCain’s gaff on Gates’ military career, NBC News, gays in the military.

Three Automakers Not Giving up Private Jets

Three Automakers Not Giving up Private Jets

The audacity of the Big Three CEO’s  showing up for a 30 billion dollar in Washington handout due to their own mistakes is beyond understanding by most people.

These CEO’s arrives separately in their own private Leer jets cost them $20,000.00 round trip for each person to arrive in Washington and the reason give was for their own security. There have been no recent Al Qaeda threats on automaker CEO’s although some stockholders may want to take a punch at them.

Brian Ross of ABC News did some investigating on the perks of failure especially at GM.

These automakers do not understand that people are losing their homes, their jobs and health care due to the state of the economy.

They tried the Henry Paulson sense of urgency tactic of his initial address to Congress requesting 700 billion dollars immediately with no questions asked of him.  There is no guarantee that once they receive this loan as they call it, that layoffs would not occur even after this massive bailout request.

To add insult to injury they gave no specifics, no plan and no details on:

1) How they expected to weather the next several years of a predicted economic downturn when they are burning up cash every day.

2) There were no details on how they will re-design, revamp plants, retool machines to build green cars to complete with Toyota that has become the leader in the industry with the very successful Prius while they were asleep at the wheel.

3) There were no cost spreadsheets, no presentations, no new designs for vehicles they intended to build and no proposals on how this money will turn their companies into profit centers instead of losers.

4) GM needs 12 billion, Ford needs 8 billion and Chrysler needs 7 billion but the CEO’s are not selling their jets, not any of them. GM’s Rick Wagoner stated he would use the money for operating costs but is this just prolonging the agony of bankruptcy a few months later?

Gas Guzzlers of 2008- 2009  Three Automakers Not Giving up Private Jets

 Three Automakers Not Giving up Private Jets

Chyrsler’s Nardelli advised that Chrysler is out of cash and health care, pensions and wages will suffer loss if they don’t receive a bailout.

Ford’s Alan Mulally gets paid 28 million dollars and he and his wife only travel on private jets.

Ford has 8 private jets for their executives and still operates a fleet of jets and is only putting a few up for sale, with no plans for reducing these expenses.

5) There was no mention of changing their focus on Hummers, and their business model. There was nothing mentioned about decreasing the number of divisions, or reducing the number of dealerships. GM has 7,000 dealerships compared to Toyota’s streamlined 1,250 dealers.

6) There was no offer to reduce GM’s CEO salary from 16 million to $ 300,000 which is adequate in relation to his productivity.

Three Automakers Not Giving up Private JetsThree Automakers Not Giving up Private Jets

 

It is clear that letting the big 3 declare bankruptcy would deter car buyers however there could be a form of bankruptcy which would allow their streamlined restructuring, and surely this means layoffs. But the layoffs should start at the heads of these magnificent failed corporations and there should be no rewards for their failures.

The blame for the financial failure of the big 3 is being aimed at the high wages of union workers
but if you look at a Toyota vehicle such as the Camry and compare it to a Malibu the price is essentially the same at approximately $ 22,370.00. However Toyota is paying less for labor and pocketing higher profits, and have a clear record of producing a better car.

The big three automakers have ignored market trends, and the price of gas all in this past year 2008 gas was selling at up to $5.00 a gallon.

Instead of re-structuring 2 years ago when gas started to rise they built a 2009 Hummer and 2009 Cadillac Escalade that both get on average 14 miles per gallon. This does not give anyone the confidence that their management or projects are anywhere near reality.

The failure to recognize that gas will get more expensive which should have been a warning sign that cars must be built more efficiently and without harm to the environment. The big 3 all ignored those market trends and indicators of where their future as automakers would eventually be in the future.

The automakers must realize that the days of the Chevy Vega are back, and their customers will not buy gas guzzlers again, those days are long gone.

It is not only the automakers are fault but also politicans who have invited foreign countries on our soil to produce products here, while they refuse to buy our products in their country. The imbalance of trade has damaged our manufacturing base to the point where we have become slaves to foreign manufacturers and our money is flowing out of the country to pay for these products. At the same time we are incurring massive debt and borrowing to pay for our mistakes.

It is now weeks later and GM has just announced it will only put out of service 2 of its 5 corporate jets due to lack of use, and they are not selling them off. In the beginning of 2008 GM had a total of 7 private top of the line luxurious jets for their top executives, not only the CEO but other top brass. Seven jets cost millions to maintain and operate on a daily basis and we need to see the bill for these types of expenses to get a grasp of the sense of entitlement of these men.

A last minute word from ABC News is that the three CEO’s have no plans to stop using their private luxurious jets. Good luck on reducing the arrogant Mr. Wagoner’s 16 million dollar salary or take away his G4 36 million dollar personal jet.

You cannot seriously save these corporations without firing these three failures first. The Obama administration will not entrust futile efforts with CEO’s that just don’t get it.

TAGS: Big 3, automakers, GM, Ford, Chrsyler, Toyota, ABC News, Rick Wagoner, Private jets, CEO expenses, luxury GM jets, GM CEO, GM corporate jets, Brian Ross, Senate, Congress, Henry Paulson, ABC CEO private jets, Leer jets.

Posted November 28th, 2008 Updated.