Archive for Civics
Editor’s Note: The following piece was written by Rod Smith a Patriot Guard Rider. It arrived in my inbox this morning as an email and it deserves a bigger audience. It was written about the funeral of Sgt. Eric Newman held on Saturday, October 24, 2010. The funeral was held with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute. He was posthumously awarded not only the bronze star, but also the Purple Heart and several other medals for his exemplary service in the U.S. Army. Eric Newman, 30, was killed when a roadside bomb exploded Oct. 14 in Akatzai Kalay, Afghanistan. He married Charidy Newman last year, and was planning to become a state trooper after his career in the military was over. The introductory information I’ve included here came from the story about the funeral published by The Meridian Star.
I saw America today.
I was among more that 200 people gathered on the tarmac at the Meridian Air Navel Station to welcome Sgt. Eric C. Newman, 30, of Waynesboro , Miss. home from Afghanistan.
He did not exit to cheers and hugs but was greeted by respectful silence. Military men and women, bikers, policemen, firemen, all in formation riveted their attention as Sgt. Newman disembarked from the plane carrying him.
He exited in a flag draped coffin, killed in action in Afghanistan.
Ok, so I’m reading an article from The Washington Times about June 30th, 2010 being the 3rd-largest, single-day debt increase; marveling at the $166 BILLION dollar jump and trying to absorb the fact that my household’s share of just this increase works out to nearly $1,500!
Interestingly enough, the article went on to say:
Daily debt calculations jump and fall, and big shifts are common. But all three of the biggest one-day debt increases have occurred under the tenure of President Obama, and all of the top six have been in the past two years – an indication of just how quickly the pace of deficit spending has risen under Mr. Obama and President George W. Bush.
Ignoring the implication equating Obama’s debt increases with Bush’s; the fact of the matter is that there is some truth to the fact that even if Bush had not pushed and gotten the original bailout bill during the last few months of his Presidency, he probably still would have been on this short list. But, what the article did not include was the actual list of those top six debt days they mentioned and I would really, really like to see that list.
Mississippi captured the number one spot on one of the most embarrassing lists around.
Fox News reported today that Senator Thad Cochran Leads Congress In Earmarks. Yes, the king of pork is Sen. Thad Cochran. Each year a group named Citizens Against Government Waste publishes a list of the top congressional earmarkers. Cochran is typically a leading pork-seeker and in 2010 had his name on 240 projects worth $490.2 million dollars worth of earmarks. When added together the total dollar value of all the earmarked projects in fiscal year 2010 amounted to $16.5 billion dollars of the Federal Budget.
“Senator Cochran has been number one for three years in a row and his total for earmarked projects exceeds $2 BILLION during that three-year period time.” said Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste.