Saturday, February 19, 2011

I don't know of another President more aware of the fiscal troubles the USA is facing.

I also don't know of another President that could have saved this country from complete economic collapse either.
When will everyone begin to be loyal to his goals while living with the truth of the matter?
Oct 16, 2009

...The political lines (click here) are being drawn.

Republicans cited record deficits as another reason to oppose Obama's health care plan and other big projects. "No more spending money we don't have," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., countered that, "today's figures are a result of the policies of the Bush administration, along with the cost of actions needed to address the recession and prevent even deeper economic problems."

A year ago, as the financial crisis hit and the Bush administration prepared massive bailout plans, the deficit was $455 billion....

The dialogue in the USA media regarding the protests in the Middle East have gotten to be more than silly.

I sincerely do not believe the US 5th Fleet is in jeopardy and I am confident most of the nation believes the same.  In case the USA media hasn't noticed, the protesters are UNARMED.

I haven't heard anything about mutiny.  It really seems to be a 'local issue.' 

U.S. Navy expands 5th Fleet's gulf base (click here)

Published: June 8, 2010 at 12:08 PM
...They say the project has been in the works since 2003 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But it coincides with a sharp increase in Iranian naval activity in the gulf in recent weeks.

Work on the upgrade began late in May and is scheduled for completion in five years. The expansion will allow U.S. forces to cope with the growing number of threats in the region's strategic waterways.

It will allow the Bahrain facility to handle up to 30 percent more ships than the 300 vessels a year it currently deals with as U.S. naval operations are ramped up, in large part because of the Iranian threat.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which oversees Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and controls strategic missile units, have had a series of naval and air maneuvers in the gulf in recent weeks....

I am sure if WWIII breaks out in the Gulf because of the protests we'll all know without a doubt.  Somehow, I see all this alarm as a 'non-issue.'  I appreciate, as many others do, the attention to detail, but, a good investigative reporter might find the 5th Fleet prepared to meet the challenges of unarmed demonstrators and the consequences.  I believe it was Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton calling for 'restraint' in the face of these protests.  Yes?

Okay, then...

February 19, 2011
...The tiny island nation of Bahrain plays a big role in America's Middle East strategy. In fact, more than 6,000 U.S. military personnel and contractors are located just five miles from where government security forces violently put down demonstrations this week.
Bahrain is also home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, a major logistics hub for the U.S. Navy ships. The island is located halfway down the Persian Gulf, just off the coast of Saudi Arabia, and is something of a rest stop for U.S. Navy ships cruising the waters of the Gulf.
"It has facilities that can provide support to our ships, including, you know, fuel, water provisions, resupply," retired Rear Adm. Steve Pietropaoli says....

Bahrain: Key U.S. Military Hub  (click title to entry - thank you)

It was very obvious the House spending cuts were all partisan. The Senate needs to act in turn.

The options open to the Senate would include reconciliation.  I would expect the Senate to pursue that path.

The President might still have to veto, but, if the Senate is able to make even further cuts that Republicans treasure Reconciliation will be a reasonable way to end debate and bring about a resolve that won't damage the economy as much as the House bill already does.

The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 has very clear understandings of 'points of order' as a way to pass a budget.  The 'Points of Order' in the House was not honored and therefore should negate most of the process in the House.  A US House cannot simply 'make up the rules and the truth' as it goes along and that is exactly what occurred during the House process this past week.  Besides, ethics investigations into very poor legislative process, the issue of 'the truth' is at stake and the Senate faces some unprecedented challenges to bring 'clarity' and 'conformity' to the budget this year.

I believe the Senate has the right to remove any and all amendments from the House that did not meet with 'the integrity' of 'Points of Order.'  The members of the House simply can't 'make up facts,' the facts and the truth have to exist for law to go forward.

I don't envy Majority Leader Reid.  He has a lot of constitutional law and precedent to reveiw for a 'perfect' proceedings when the Senate takes up the wayward and corrupt House Bill.