Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
As early as 1783 Islamic Pirates were attacking US Merchantmen off the coast of Africa capturing them and demanding ransom. In 1786 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams tried to negotiate with a representative of the terrorist. They were told, “It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise” by Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja.
On August 1st, 1801 the frigate USS Enterprise engaged and defeated an Islamic Pirate ship in the Mediterranean that had been attacking US shipping. It was the first time that a nation had stood up to the Islamic terrorist. Europe then as now just paid ransom and practiced a process of appeasement with terrorist. For the next few years the US Navy patrolled the Mediterranean defeating the terrorist on the high seas and US Marines attacked on shore. The battle of Tripoli, Libya is remembered in the Marine Hymn and was the first time America took on the Islamic Terrorist and won over 200 years ago.
Today the Islamic Pirates are at it again off the coast of Africa. They captured another US Merchantmen, the “Maersk Alabama,” but unlike the other Merchantmen of the world, the US crew fought back. After 200 years the Islamic Pirates have forgotten how Americans react, but the US Navy must respond as it did 200 years ago.
The world has changed, but the one thing the terrorist understand hasn’t and that is a show of force. We learn from our history, or at least we should. Two things that have worked in the past will work here. The first is to form convoys as was done in World War I and II. This is where merchant ships form a fleet and are escorted through hostile waters by armed naval vessels. This has worked in the past and will work here. The Somali Pirates would be fools to take on actual warships.
Since the Islamic Pirates are not likely to attack an escorted convoy, they will look for easier prey, those lone ships that wander into their hunting ground. This is where the Q-Ships come in. Q-Ships were used to lure German U-boats to the surface in both World War I and II. The Q-Ships look like normal merchant vessels, but in reality caring no cargo. They are crewed by navy personal, carried hidden heavy weapons, and the cargo holds are filled with empty oil drums to keep them afloat should they be damaged in battle. When the U-boats would surface to attack the unarmed merchantmen, the Q-Ship reveals its armament and attacks. Today a modern Q-ship would be the perfect weapon to take on the Muslim Pirates and destroy them, leaving enough survivors to warn other pirates that all merchantmen are not what they appear. On second thought leave no survivors, let them all come out to engage the Q-Ships.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Their prudence, however, is in stark contrast to the debate taking place in Congress over a $3.5 trillion federal budget that spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much.
This $3.5 trillion is, of course, in addition to the $700 billion financial rescue plan, the $787 billion economic stimulus package, and trillions of dollars used as a backstop for AIG, Citigroup and other firms.
As I've said before, some of that spending - particularly key infrastructure spending through the stimulus package - can have an important economic impact.
Yet a pattern is emerging that is troubling to me, to many of my congressional colleagues and to many West Virginians. Simply put, Congress is setting the stage for an unsustainable level of debt.
In fact, the budget we considered last week lays out a framework to add yet another $5 trillion to our nation's debt over the next five years.
There's little question that the president and his new administration inherited debt, but it doesn't strike me as the best course of action to expand it at a record pace.
The proposed budget would increase taxes by approximately $1.2 trillion over 10 years, placing a heavier burden on job-creating small businesses. It would increase spending by $1 trillion over five years, placing even more of a burden on regular taxpayers.
In 2010 alone, government spending amounts to 25 percent of our nation's gross domestic product. The deficit for 2010 stands to top a trillion dollars.
As Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee has said, "We're seeing the prospect of another doubling of debt, and that's unsustainable."
Monday, April 6, 2009
The fear is that the Obama administration will try to by pass the Congress and the Constitution by imposing stricter regulations through the Environmental Protection Agency. Some of these regulations will reach deep into local governments causing increasing taxes across the board putting even more strain on the sluggish economy.
Should lawmakers pass a bill requiring people who receive government assistance, such as welfare, unemployment, food stamps, etc, be required to pass a drug test in order to receive those taxpayer funded benefits?75% Responded Yes
25% Responded No
The Sample Size was 49