Category: President Obama


“In the hours after the worst of our fears were confirmed, in the midst of grief and sorrow, over the loss of 20 innocent children and six dedicated educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was one question on the minds of people across Connecticut and around the nation: How do we make sure this never happens again,” says Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner.
The excruciating pain in the hearts and minds of Americans after this tragedy will remain etched in our memory for many years. America is a violent culture that idealizes violence and crime every time it gets an opportunity on all forms of the media. We live in a society where the leading story begins with someone getting shot or a violent crime has taken place.
Violence is fundamental to our present day culture, but the president has a responsibility to change or alter the direction of the country. “The nation should be motivated to keep children such as these from harm. Their voices should compel us to change. That’s why I asked Biden to come up with recommendations that the country should execute right now to curb gun violence,” said President Obama.
Vice-President Biden proposed universal background checks, restrictions on high capacity magazines, more research on gun-violence, and the importance of including the mental health community in the conversations. These recommendations make sense and the White House is also trying to revive the US ban on assault weapons which expired in 2004.
In our society there are 270 million guns owned by American citizens, which works out to 90 guns per 100 people. It is obvious that there is a pervasive sickness in our country when it comes to guns, and now more citizens are buying guns than ever before.
President Obama last week announced and signed 23 executive orders to reduce gun violence and increase gun safety. These are executive actions and will strengthen law enforcement efforts against gun crime, encourage more stringent background checks and provide resources for gun safety. The majority of the measures are not controversial and they don’t appear to infringe on the second amendment.
These actions are designed to get the ball rolling and the hard issues he is leaving up to Congress. Here are some of the 23 executive orders; 1, Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system, 2, Improve incentives for states to share information with background check system, 3, Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign, 4, Review safety standard for gun locks and gun safes, 5, Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations, 6, Nominate an ATF director, 7, Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime, 8, Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers, and 9, Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
There are fourteen more logical and rational executive orders that are good ideas that are not extremely expensive but are doable and achievable. The executive orders are not treasonous and the president is not abusing his powers.
President Obama and Vice President Biden are taking action and pushing to make changes in the country. His executive orders are comprehensive but they make sense, and both parties should support and promote the changes.
The president will also ask Congress to be an integral partner in helping to control gun violence in the country. He will ask Congress to pass laws that would require universal background checks, restore a ban on military-style assault weapons, ban gun magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds, and tougher penalties on people who sell guns to people who aren’t allowed to have guns.

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On New Year’s Eve, December 31, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act. It essentially gives the military the authority to indefinitely detain a terrorist without a trial or charge. Based on the wording of the bill, it would appear that American citizens could be impacted or affected by the bill.

“The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. In particular, I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorist,” said President Obama.

I know as president, there are times that certain concessions are made to get things accomplished. But on January 22, 2009, President Obama issued as one of his first executive orders was to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility within one year. The prisoners who were held in that facility were being detained indefinitely and that was against our constitution. Three years later, our president has signed into law a bill, which has the potential to curtail certain freedoms, and Guantanamo Bay is not closed.

As the president was signing this bill, he wrote a three page presidential policy statement raising certain concerns about the constitutionality of certain provisions in the bill. It is clear that the president had problems with the bill, and understands that there are inherent dangerous abuses of power in the NDAA.

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union says, “This statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.” This means that citizens that protest an unfair law could be indefinitely detained with this new law.

All of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted against this bill except two. Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Chairmen of the Congressional Caucus stated that the NDAA does not represent the country’s principles. “We all grew up with the belief on the Constitution that we were innocent until proven guilty, and to have people detained, whether it is in this country or another country, without any kind of trial, and to detain people indefinitely is not what America stands for,” says Representative Cleaver.

As more Americans struggle with the terrorist suspected threat, more Americans will be suspected as un-American. Once someone is identified as un-American, they can be added to a list and their movements will be regulated and controlled. The country is moving to the right and the next two election cycles will establish the direction the country will take.

The NDAA is a bill that totals over 500 pages, and contains provisions for continued funding for the war in Afghanistan. Many of the political experts who do not support this bill are branding it as, “Act 2 or Phase 2 of the Patriot Act.” Everyone from the ACLU, worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International, to the FBI has expressed concerns about the bill.

All around the world, the Obama administration has been a major proponent of human rights and freedom for the residents, who are controlled by despotic leaders. Signing into law, a bill that is ambiguous, and curtails First Amendment rights has the potential to abuse human rights. Not only terrorist can be detained, but also affiliates and supporters can be detained.

It is imperative and necessary that this bill is challenged by human rights organizations, the ACLU, religious organizations, and American citizens. The constitutionality of the NDAA must also be challenged by a coalition of organizations, because our country must move forward, and reach its highest human principles and ideals.

 

It is now 2012 and in November, Americans will vote again for the highest office in the land. Many political experts believe this will be the most important election in generations, because the decision for the country is to move forward or fall behind. With the election of 2008, the first African-American was elected to the highest office in the land.

This was a remarkable achievement in a country, where African-Americans were considered 3/5 of a person, and not allowed to vote, and discriminated against in every aspect of American life. White supremacy was the foundation that the country was founded on, and decisions were based on race. Within the last 50 years, there has been a civil rights transformation in the country, and laws have been enacted, and enforced to bring justice to minorities.

As more minorities have been given the opportunity and afforded the cherished rights as American citizens, there has been push-back from the conservative elements in our society. These conservative elements in the country believe that they must take back America, because soon they will be the minority.

Globally 90% of the world’s population is people of color, but the wealth in the world is controlled by 10% of the people who inhabit the earth. The 10% of the people who control the wealth refuse to share, and they control power through military and financial power.

In America, there is a protest named “occupy wall street”, where the youth have stated that the wealth in the country is controlled by 1% of the population. President Obama has petitioned this group of Americans to share more, by paying more taxes. Instead of this group conceding to President Obama’s request they have funded organizations to challenge the president’s authority.

This conservative movement has been energized by the radical arm of the Republican Party called the Tea party. Their number one focus is to ensure that President Obama is a one term president. They are proponents of a small federal government, less regulations, less taxes, and balancing the budget. They tend to forget that the last Republican president left the country with the economy on the brink of collapse, and many of the industries bankrupted.

Even though President Obama has improved the state of America, the Republicans and the Tea party claim that our president is the worst president in American history. They have started an organization, whose purpose is to defeat the president in 2012. This organization has created fabrications and sound bites that attack everything the president has done.

Just recently the president has ended the Iraq war, and the Republicans are criticizing the president for not giving the soldiers a parade. They also complain about the skyrocketing debt, fiscal responsibility, and everything that President Obama does is wrong for America.

Under the president’s watch, the unemployment numbers have gone down, and the economy has had positive growth in the last couple of months, but Obama is still wrong. President Obama has rescued the car industry, and they have paid back a large portion of their loans, but Obama is still wrong. There are stronger regulations on Wall Street, and better regulations on credit card companies, but Obama is still wrong.

It is time for the truth to be told to all Americans about the fabricated, irrational, and fact less attacks that the Republicans are creating to win the election. In order for President Obama to win, it is time to mobilize voters and tell the truth every day. If we are to win in 2012, we will need the truth, and larger numbers than in 2008.

    President Obama has officially ended the war in Iraq. It has cost the United States $1 trillion, 4,500 soldiers have died, and 32,000 soldiers have been wounded. There are over 100,000 Iraqis killed in the war, and there are over 100,000 Iraqis who have been injured and wounded.

The infrastructure in the country has been demolished by bombs and war, and women and children have been mentally and physically destroyed. President Obama has been against this war before it started and many political experts believe Obama’s position on the war helped him win the election.

“As a candidate for president, I planned to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. So today, I can report that as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” said President Obama.

Many pundits and experts think this is the wrong time to end the war, because the Iraqis are not ready to stabilize and secure the country. They think the terrorist will take back control of the country, and destroy the fragile democracy being practiced today. No one knows the answer to that question, but the country is given the opportunity to stand on its own two feet.

President Obama flew to Iraq last week to thank the troops for their service. Eight years after the United States launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, and toppled Saddam Hussein, the remaining troops are on their way home. The withdrawal will be a quiet affair and a small force of 200 will be left in the country.

“Iraq is not a perfect place but we are leaving a sovereign, stable and self-reliant country, with a representative government elected by the people,” President Obama told troops in Iraq. Ending a war is a difficult process, and there will always be the question, “If this war was worth the sacrifice and all the money?”

Many in the United States do not believe that the Iraq war was about weapons of mass destruction. They believe that the Iraq war was about the control and use of their oil. There have always been sanctions on Iraq starting back in 1991, which was controlled by the U.N. Initially the amount of oil the country could export was 2 billion of oil every six months and was later increased to 5 billion of oil every six month.

The oil was primarily controlled by the US and England, and the sanctions were finally lifted in 2010. Many of the children in the country have died because the Iraqis traded food for oil. High rates of malnutrition, lack of medical supplies, and diseases from lack of clean water were reported during sanctions.

There is no telling what will happen to Iraq in the future. Oil will be the major export for the country, and there has been very little public information on whom or what countries will control the export of the oil.

President Obama has kept his promise and the ending of the war helps his foreign policy credentials. The president has had a string of successes with the death of Khadafy’s death, assassination of major Al-Qaeda figures, and the killing of Osama bin-Laden.

With the ending of the war, I hope the president will be able to save money and help create jobs. The president also may be able to cut the budget and funding of the military, because there is no war.

My brother in-law believes that middle class Blacks in America have disproportionately been economically destroyed by the recession of 2008. The African American communities have watched its wealth diminish, and many of the homes they accumulated, foreclosed. Their retirement savings have disappeared, and the American dream is quickly fading away.

My brother in-law feels this is a master plan to keep the African American community from experiencing the joys and freedoms of the American dream. He also believes when there are hard economic times, our community is the first hit, the conditions are terrible, and crime becomes very prevalent. He is correct in his assessment of our community, but the destruction of the middle class is everywhere in America, and it impacts all Americans across the board.

President Obama spoke last week and declared that the American middle class is in jeopardy, and it has been negatively impacted by the recession/depression of 2008. The crash of housing, banking, credit, jobs, and automobile industries have dried up resources and the country is trying to find its way out of a mess. Everyone in the country is angry, and it has sparked protest and political movements, from the tea party to the people who have occupied the streets of New York and other cities.

“This is a make-or –break moment for the middle class and those fighting to get into the middle class. At stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest saving, own a home and secure their retirement,” said President Obama. Some members of the media are calling this the president’s “fair shot speech” and they are comparing it to Roosevelt’s “square deal speech.”

President Obama is a student/professor of political history, and he picked Osawatomie, Kansas to give a compelling and fiery speech about being a reformer and an activist for change. President Roosevelt also came to this small town, and gave a speech to let the citizens know, that he was fighting for the regular Americans, who worked hard everyday.

President Obama in his “fair shot speech” attacked Republicans for their belief that the economy will improve with the trickle down philosophy. The Republicans approach is, “our country is better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves, and play by their own rules,” said the president. He believes that this trickle down philosophy does not work, and it has created inequality in the country.

“In the last few decades, the average income of the top one percent has gone up by more than 250%, to $1.2 million per year. For the top one hundredth of one percent, the average income is now $27 million per year. The typical CEO earns 110 times more than his or her worker, and most Americans in the last decade, their incomes have fallen by about six percent,” says President Obama.

In this speech, he does admit there is a need to control spending, and rebuild the economy. He is aware that the Republicans will attack his stewardship of the economy, and there is more work that is needed on the economy.

The American standard of living is economically being challenged, and Americans have a right to be angry. The president can give great speeches, but in order to be re-elected, he must be able to get his policies through Congress. The president ran on a platform of change, and now is the time to let Americans know that he is in charge.

The middle class will be the major group to help put President Obama in office for another term. Americans must begin to feel good about the president’s policies, and there is credibility and integrity in Congress

 

        The Democrats are rolling out a new website called “protecting the vote.” This will be a comprehensive effort to educate voters about their rights and the new law enacted by the different states impacting voting.

There are now 29 Republican governors in the United States in 2011, and this gives the Republican Party an advantage in changing and creating laws. The major goal in the 2012 election for the Republican Party is to make President Obama a one term president. The Republican governors and legislators are using the legal system to restrict or limit voter’s ability to cast their ballots.

The Republicans are claiming that in 2008, there was major voter fraud and it is necessary to prevent this practice with tougher voter regulations. In 30 states across the country, Republican governors have enacted strict photo ID requirements, and reduced the availability of early voting. They are also making it harder to register new voters, and challenge the citizenship of eligible voters.

There is a full-scale attack on the right to vote, and millions of ex-offenders across the country are finding that their civil rights are not being restored, keeping them from voting. In the 2008 presidential election there were more citizens voting in the history of the country. There were 62% of all eligible voters voting, and that was the highest turnout rate in the past century.

The electorate was the most demographically diverse in United States’ history of voting. The great expansion of voters was in the increase of young voters, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans, which signaled the importance of the Voting Rights laws. America was moving toward a more democratic country, where more Americans were included in the political process.

In 2008, nearly 40 million Americans cast ballots early or through the absentee voting process. Over 1 million voters registered on Election Day, and Americans from groups traditionally underrepresented at the ballot box participated in record numbers. The 2008 electorate was the largest and most racially and ethnically diverse in the history of the United States.

But in the last three years the Republicans are trying to turn back the hands of the clock. The Republicans have strategically decided to organize a movement to make voting more restrictive. They have researched and studied the profile of a Democrat and President Obama supporter, and their goal is to suppress the vote.

The Republicans are aware that they have a better chance of beating President Obama if there are less eligible Democratic voters. Winning an election is a numbers game, and beating President Obama will be determined by which party has the most voters at the polls.

In the coming months, the Republicans will come up with new ideas to further their movement to restrict and suppress voting rights. By restricting different stages of the voting process, each measure is designed to cut eligible voters from the electorate. Each new suppression or restrictive law narrows the American electorate, and benefits the Republican candidate.

The progress in the last presidential election can be reversed if the Democrats are not vigilant in protecting the right to vote. It is important to be informed with the new voting rights laws in your state, and continue to register new voters. President Obama is on the threshold to win his second term in office.

Legally, it is important to challenge illegal laws and tricks, when it comes to voting rights. If Democrats do not mobilize, organize, and get more citizens registered to vote, we will be defeated in 2012. The power of the vote is in our hands, and we have the opportunity to win.

 

In a Bloomberg poll, the second week in September suggests that President Obama’s job approval numbers are the lowest since he won the election. Based on their numbers, the president is at 45%, and other polls put the numbers lower. With fourteen months before the election for his second term, many leaders and grassroots folks in the Democratic Party are starting to panic.

“I don’t think he’s done as good a job as I think he could have,” said Paul Kaplan, 58, an unemployed Democrat from Philadelphia. “We were hopeful that things would improve in the economy and they’ve only gotten worse. People in Washington just don’t seem to want to cooperate with each other and work for the people.”

Based on the Bloomberg poll, only 40% of Americans believes that President Obama’s job bill will help jumpstart job creation, and lower the unemployment rate. Even though the president is going around the country to promote this initiative, many are just skeptical about its success. There is a feeling in the country that Congress is too busy fighting each other than working together.

The Republicans in Congress are looking at President Obama’s job approval numbers, and they are happy with the direction they are going. Realistically, the jobs bill proposal has merit, and it would probably help all Americans. But many of the Republicans do not want to work with the president on a bipartisan jobs and deficit-reduction plan, because it makes him look like a good president.

As one senior House Republican aide told Politico, ”Obama is on the ropes; why do we appear ready to hand him a win. The question is likelier to be, what is the best strategy for winning the White House in 2012? The answer to that question is to further the impression that Obama is a tax-and-borrow liberal, who can’t get thinks done in Washington and doesn’t have a sound plan for the economy.”

As the country gets closer to the 2012 election, I am wondering if President Obama can remain cool with the tremendous pressure being put on him. Even in the Democratic Party, a third of Democrats say they’d like to see Obama face a primary challenge. This would be unprecedented because the incumbent usually never has a primary challenge.

In the next few months the president will have to consolidate his party and organize his core supporters. Americans have a short memory and they forget what President Obama walked into when he took office. The economy was crashing and every industry was close to bankruptcy.

“These may be the worst unemployment numbers for African-Americans in years. How is it that the overall unemployment numbers stay the same and black unemployment gets worse,” says the Congressional Black Caucus blog. In July, black unemployment numbers increased to 16.7%, as compared to 16% in June. Unemployment numbers are holding at 8.1% for whites, and there is a huge disparity when unemployment numbers are analyzed and compared to blacks at 16.7%.

There is a crisis in the African-American community for jobs, and there is a depression taking place. Many of the economists are calling the situation with the economy as double-dip recession, but blacks know it as a depression. There are no jobs, they can’t pay their bills, and unemployment checks and benefits are running out.

Even Newt Gingrich is criticizing President Obama, and calling our economy the “Obama Depression.” “No administration in modern time has failed younger blacks more than the Obama administration,” says Gingrich. Gingrich’s argument rest in the fact that 40% of American black teens this summer were unemployed, and he thinks that the Obama administration is not doing enough for black youth.

There is also in many African-American cities, the unemployment rate for black males is 50%. That means that 1 out of every 2 black male is standing or hanging out on street corners with no goals, no job, and no motivation to improve. As the job situation continues to deteriorate in the cities, there will be more violence, crime, and political disobedience. Political disobedience can take many different forms, but people are upset and angry.

In 2008, on the campaign trail President Obama said, “I still believe in affirmative action as a means of overcoming both historical and political current discrimination. But I think that it can’t be a quota system, and it can’t be something that is simply applies without looking at the whole person, whether that person is black, white, or Hispanic, male, or female.”

I am not sure what the president was referring to when he made that statement, but I inferred that the president meant in certain situations there is a need to develop programs to address certain conditions. With the African-American unemployment rate at 16.7%, it is time for the president to develop programs that specifically addresses the black job crisis.

It is essential that the African American community focus needs to be placed on job creation, and continuing pressure on all elected officials, and the president. We should first start with our own black officials, but we should not stop there. We must send emails, and make phone calls to all elected officials and their color should not matter.

In every urban community in America, there is a need for organizational collaborations, and there should be job marches. It is clear that urban communities and black workers need special attention, and the squeaky or noisy wheel gets a response.

As the president prepares for his joint Congress speech on jobs, he must fight for outcomes that meet high expectations. Many in our community will be looking for actions that address and restore economic viability in the urban community.

Some of the ideas that are being discussed are tax-free zones to attract business investment in the urban communities. Also there should be training programs and funding to support the development of the work force for businesses who locate in urban communities. Finally, there is a need for public works projects to help rebuild the urban infrastructure, and provide jobs immediately.

President Obama has the power and opportunity to develop programs and initiatives to improve the unemployment numbers in the African-American community. It will take courage, innovation, and resolve, but he can make a difference.

As President Obama prepares for his re-election bid for 2012, his job performance numbers are slipping and sagging. This is the worst period for his job performance numbers, since he has been in office. In the Gallup polls his numbers for August are 42%, and in other polls there is a range from 40% to 45%.

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The American citizens are extremely frustrated with all of the representatives in Congress and they are pointing their finger at every one of them as the problem. Many people in the country think that integrity and credibility no longer exist in politics. The people want to see a change and difference, and something they can believe in.

With the president’s numbers taking a nose dive and sliding, it is important that he starts to change the direction that his numbers are going. Based on history most incumbents win re-elections, because their job performance ratings are in the 50% or higher range. President George Bush was able to win with a 48% approval rating, but that is an exception, as opposed to the rule.

Polls show that voters hold both parties to blame for the fiasco with the political fight over raising the limit on U.S. borrowing, and the unprecedented downgrade of the country’s credit rating. They also are angry over the stunted economic recovery, and an unemployment rate stuck above 9%.

In President Obama’s weekly address he said, “You’ve got a right to be frustrated. I am, because you deserve better. I don’t think it’s too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town to start delivering. Some Republicans in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.”

There is a major divide in Congress and everyone is trying to figure out what is going on. The bickering and name calling is very disrespectful, but the Republican’s goal to make Obama a one term president is good politics. The Democrats and the president must expect the Republican candidates to go after their policies every chance they get.

former governor Jeb Bush

At this point the election is 15 months away, and the Republicans do not have a candidate that

Texas governor & GOP hopeful Rick Perry

they feel can beat the president. With Governor Rick Perry of Texas entering the race, and Ex-Governor Jeb Bush of Florida doing more talking to the media, the Republican candidates are improving.

It is time for the Democrats and the president to begin to mobilize the college, African American, Hispanic, Youth, and independent voters. In 2008, President Obama revolutionized campaigning with the use of social networking, and online organizing. With celebrities’ endorsements and specifically the use of Oprah Winfrey, the president was able to draw record crowds.

After two and a half years in Washington, it appears that the president has lost his magic, and the power in his belief of change. The first year in office, the president was a whirlwind of activity, and getting unprecedented bills passed in universal healthcare, appointing two Supreme Court Justices, reforming the financial industry, preventing the economy from collapsing, and bringing the war in Iraq to an end.

It is essential that progressives, independents, Democrats, and minorities began to have a legitimate discourse on President Obama’s record. Americans generally want immediate gratification, because we live in a microwave society. But in American political change is slow and there are major bureaucracies to transform, and reorganize.

Instead of spending so much time discussing what the president has not done, it is time to start talking about what he has accomplished. In order for the president to complete what he has started, he needs more vocal and print support. It is time to get behind the president and stand on his record.

When legislators in Congress are appointed to a “presidential blue-ribbon committee,” their importance raises in their party. Instantly, their influence is more significant, and the media begins to seek them out for interviews. The six Democrats, three from the Senate and three from the House, and the six Republicans three from the Senate, and three from the House comprise “Obama’s Super Committee.”

The “Super Committee” is a twelve bipartisan Congressional group who will work on a debt-reduction strategy to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion by Thanksgiving of this year. The twelve member panel has a historic opportunity to overhaul the Tax Code and entitlements. If the committee fails to produce a debt reduction plan of $1.2 trillion, across-the-board cuts would kick in evenly divided between defense and non-defense spending to make up $1.2 trillion in cuts.

The committee’s co-chairs are Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). The rest of the members are as follows; Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Senator John Kerry(D-MA), Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), Representative James Clyburn (D-SC), and Representative Fred Upton (R-MI).

There is a good cross-section of experience and knowledge on the panel, but I wonder if anyone has the courage to significantly cut the military’s budget and funding. In the last ten years, the military base budget has increased by 80% from $302 billion in 2000 to $545 billion in 2011, says the National Priorities Project. The total cost of the Iraq war since 2001 is $869 billion, and the cost of the Afghanistan war $487 billion.

Most people ignore the nation’s security budget, but that became a new line item in 2001 with homeland security. This is a hard line item to arrive at because it flows through dozens of federal agencies. It started as a request for 16 billion, but in the last ten years the government has spent $636 billion.

When the figure for military spending for the last ten years is added up, the number is around $8 trillion. This is the number that the National Priorities Project has used, but a recent study published by the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University took a broader approach. By including funding for such things as veterans benefits, future cost for treating the war-wounded, and interest payments on war related borrowing, they came up with an additional $3.2 trillion.

These additional expenses increase the number for military spending in ten years to be around $11 or $12 trillion. With all the serious discussion on reducing the debt, it would seem logical to take a hard look at military funding and spending. There are some on the Super Committee who are against cutting military spending and believe that funding should be increased.

Nevertheless, the question must be raised, is our country safer with all the money being spent, and is the money being wasted? For the last ten years, the government has tries to do an audit with the military, and they haven’t had any success. There are so many secret funds, because of national security, an audit is vertically impossible.

Everyone knows that there is fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in the military’s budget. It would appear that in the military’s budget, the legislators could find $600 to $700 billion to cut over the next 5 to 10 years. Cutting another $500 billion is going to be tough and the Super Committee has its work cut out for them.

The president is finally getting the parties to sit down and arrive at a compromise. All eyes and the media will be focused on the Super Committee for the next four months.