Category: 2012 President
I was so happy to be president again. I leaped into my second term so happy because I thought I could do what I wanted with all my toys, like Air Force One, the Rule of Law, and the national economy.
They had the impulse to confiscate the woman’s expensive ointment to do that which they thought would be for the greater good. They, like so many well-intentioned people, wanted to take something that didn’t belong to them and redistribute it for their ends.
One of the most endearing parallels between Romney and Reagan are their beautiful marriages. Ronnie and Nancy were forever sweethearts. Like them, Mitt and Ann would be content in a cabin in Wyoming in the dead of winter with a fire and a freezer full of moose enchiladas if they could spend that time together. Theirs is exemplary love, the American model of old-fashioned courtship and marriage. That quality alone is the solution to many of our social and economic ills if more people would adopt it into their lives and value it the way the Reagans and the Romneys do.
No amount of technology or capability is, or will ever be, a substitute for numbers.
Yet, the Navy is smaller today that at almost any other point (except 2007) in the last 96 years, even though the world is much more dangerous than it was in 1916 or even 2001 and hasn’t gotten any smaller (geographically).
This is utter garbage, coming of course from a strident liberal who orchestrated President Clinton’s disastrous defense cuts and who is still lying about defense spending to this day (and has repeatedly been rebuked by me for doing so). 4% of GDP is a very modest amount. The US spent a much LARGER percentage of its GDP on defense throughout all of the Cold War except FY1948 and the Carter years, yet, the economy didn’t collapse. Under President Reagan, the US spent 6% of GDP on defense, yet, under his presidency, the US economy expanded rapidly, by a size equivalent to that of the economy of West Germany at the time.
Furthermore, under Obama’s own plans, even if sequestration does not proceed, the USN’s cruiser, destroyer, and submarine fleets will decline precipitously below today’s already-inadequate levels, as documented by Ronald O’Rourke of the Congressional Research Service. Moreover, comparing ships to “bayonets and horses” and thus implying that warships are relics of the past is not just wrong, it’s demeaning for the Navy. So Mitt Romney is right: the Navy DOES need a lot more ships than it has today.
The break of protocol by the Mormon Church, indicated by the scores of volunteers from BYU pouring into the battleground states of Colorado and Nevada to campaign both Saturdays and Sundays for Mitt Romney, is the exertion that is acceptable to the Lord when the essence of one’s substance and independence are at stake.