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Romney's Open Letter to Obama: National Defense Spending

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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Welcome to Virginia, Mr. President! Home of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the fighters at Langley AFB,  the storied Marine Base at Quantico, tens of thousands of veterans from the Battle of Guadalcanal to the Battle of Fallujah, and countless other proud military units, factories, and bases, the Commonwealth is a proud state with a proud history.

 

Unfortunately, the defense cuts you signed into law will hit Virginians hard. Your insistence on slashing our military to pay the tab for your irresponsible spending could see over 200,000 troops forced from service. It will shut the doors on factories and shipyards that support our warfighters, take a heavy toll on the guard and reserves, and potentially shutter Virginia military bases. It will shrink our Navy below a level that is already not adequate for protecting our national security. Mr. President, our troops, military families, and veterans want to know why defense is the only part of the federal budget you are willing to cut. They deserve better.

 

Under your administration, the backlog for wounded warriors receiving their disability has nearly doubled, and unemployment among young returning veterans is in double digits. The effect of forcing 200,000 additional service members out of uniform and into a faltering economy, sending them from the front lines to the unemployment lines, will overwhelm overburdened state offices like the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.  It will impose suffering and hardship on so many military families.

 

Every service member, veteran, and military family member in Virginia and the nation will be touched by your defense cuts. So will Virginia’s businesses and industry, large and small alike. From 2001-2010, over 14,000 Virginia businesses provided goods and services for our national defense. Unfortunately, the huge economic impact of these looming cuts is not the end of it.

 

Your own Secretary of Defense has said that they will be “devastating” to our national security, the same as “shooting ourselves in the head.” But when Congress presented you a way out of this mess, a mess of your own making, you threatened to veto their bill. And the reason you gave, Mr. President, is that you would not stop devastating cuts to our national security unless Congress agreed to raise our taxes.

 

I will use my authority as Commander-in-Chief to protect the troops, not veto efforts to protect them. I will never allow our national security to be held hostage to extract political concessions. The ultimate responsibility for securing our national defense rests with the President. I will work to solve our security problems, not spend my time shifting blame.

 

Virginians know that change is coming, Mr. President. In November, they will make it happen.  That is what this election is about.

The letter originally appeared in The Virginian-Pilot.

http://www.rpv.org/node/1633

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by on Jul. 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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Carpy
by Platinum Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

BUMP!

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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 I think that every administrative body in government has waste that can be cut, and it irritates me to no end when the first place they cut is services to the people they are serving.  Are there really no efficiencies that can be found to minimize the impact to the troops?  Surely there are.

Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I think that every administrative body in government has waste that can be cut, and it irritates me to no end when the first place they cut is services to the people they are serving.  Are there really no efficiencies that can be found to minimize the impact to the troops?  Surely there are.

This is a place where Romney's experience is relevant.  He knows about cutting innefficiencies and improving efficiency, did it in business, as Governor, and at the Olympics.

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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

 

Quoting Meadowchik:


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I think that every administrative body in government has waste that can be cut, and it irritates me to no end when the first place they cut is services to the people they are serving.  Are there really no efficiencies that can be found to minimize the impact to the troops?  Surely there are.

This is a place where Romney's experience is relevant.  He knows about cutting innefficiencies and improving efficiency, did it in business, as Governor, and at the Olympics.

 IDK...I remain skeptical.  It isn't like Romney himself would be bent over his desk in the oval office pouring over the defense budget.  Bureaucrats would be doing that...bureacrats who are like every other bureacrat who really aren't interested in reducing the size of government lest they find themselves out of a job.

Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Hmmm, by multiple accounts, Romney is a thorough researcher.  I actually do expect him to be reviewing budget numbers from multiple angles and sources, himself and in co-participation with experts of each particular area. Then he would be considering his own ideas along with ideas of other well-informed people.  That's his groove, that's what he does.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 

Quoting Meadowchik:


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I think that every administrative body in government has waste that can be cut, and it irritates me to no end when the first place they cut is services to the people they are serving.  Are there really no efficiencies that can be found to minimize the impact to the troops?  Surely there are.

This is a place where Romney's experience is relevant.  He knows about cutting innefficiencies and improving efficiency, did it in business, as Governor, and at the Olympics.

 IDK...I remain skeptical.  It isn't like Romney himself would be bent over his desk in the oval office pouring over the defense budget.  Bureaucrats would be doing that...bureacrats who are like every other bureacrat who really aren't interested in reducing the size of government lest they find themselves out of a job.


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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

 I'm sure he is a thorough researcher.  I cannot imagine the POTUS having the time to do that.

Quoting Meadowchik:

Hmmm, by multiple accounts, Romney is a thorough researcher.  I actually do expect him to be reviewing budget numbers from multiple angles and sources, himself and in co-participation with experts of each particular area. Then he would be considering his own ideas along with ideas of other well-informed people.  That's his groove, that's what he does.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 

Quoting Meadowchik:


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I think that every administrative body in government has waste that can be cut, and it irritates me to no end when the first place they cut is services to the people they are serving.  Are there really no efficiencies that can be found to minimize the impact to the troops?  Surely there are.

This is a place where Romney's experience is relevant.  He knows about cutting innefficiencies and improving efficiency, did it in business, as Governor, and at the Olympics.

 IDK...I remain skeptical.  It isn't like Romney himself would be bent over his desk in the oval office pouring over the defense budget.  Bureaucrats would be doing that...bureacrats who are like every other bureacrat who really aren't interested in reducing the size of government lest they find themselves out of a job.


 

Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

A good researcher knows where to look.  Remember Romney's position at Bain?  That involved learning the problems particular to each company in question, analyzing departments, markets, and productivity.  It involved jumping from one industry to another, and he did it effectively. 

What do you imagine a POTUS doing? Let's assume at minimum that they have briefings with their advisors, making decisions based on the recommendations given.  Put Romney in there and he has the ability to see inconsistencies, while asking better questions about management and results, and IMO he is also more decisive and is willing to make the decision and spearhead an effort.  In short, that's what "presiding" means.

:)

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I'm sure he is a thorough researcher.  I cannot imagine the POTUS having the time to do that.

Quoting Meadowchik:

Hmmm, by multiple accounts, Romney is a thorough researcher.  I actually do expect him to be reviewing budget numbers from multiple angles and sources, himself and in co-participation with experts of each particular area. Then he would be considering his own ideas along with ideas of other well-informed people.  That's his groove, that's what he does.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 

Quoting Meadowchik:


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I think that every administrative body in government has waste that can be cut, and it irritates me to no end when the first place they cut is services to the people they are serving.  Are there really no efficiencies that can be found to minimize the impact to the troops?  Surely there are.

This is a place where Romney's experience is relevant.  He knows about cutting innefficiencies and improving efficiency, did it in business, as Governor, and at the Olympics.

 IDK...I remain skeptical.  It isn't like Romney himself would be bent over his desk in the oval office pouring over the defense budget.  Bureaucrats would be doing that...bureacrats who are like every other bureacrat who really aren't interested in reducing the size of government lest they find themselves out of a job.


 


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Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jul. 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM
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VA- a swing state that is leaning Obama- DUH!

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jul. 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

 Even at Bain, I guarantee you that he did not personally comb through every line of every budget at every company.  He had assistants do that and give him the highlights.

The President has many responsibilities besides coming up with a budget.  Just dealing with national security issues and foreign policies alone has got to take up an enormous amount of time.  The idea that any president will be bent over his desk combing through spreadsheets makes me chuckle a little.  I can't find how many pages the national budget is, but his has got to be in the thousands, if not tens of thousands.

I guess both sides tend to have stars in their eyes and see their candidate as the savior.

Quoting Meadowchik:

A good researcher knows where to look.  Remember Romney's position at Bain?  That involved learning the problems particular to each company in question, analyzing departments, markets, and productivity.  It involved jumping from one industry to another, and he did it effectively. 

What do you imagine a POTUS doing? Let's assume at minimum that they have briefings with their advisors, making decisions based on the recommendations given.  Put Romney in there and he has the ability to see inconsistencies, while asking better questions about management and results, and IMO he is also more decisive and is willing to make the decision and spearhead an effort.  In short, that's what "presiding" means.

:)

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I'm sure he is a thorough researcher.  I cannot imagine the POTUS having the time to do that.

Quoting Meadowchik:

Hmmm, by multiple accounts, Romney is a thorough researcher.  I actually do expect him to be reviewing budget numbers from multiple angles and sources, himself and in co-participation with experts of each particular area. Then he would be considering his own ideas along with ideas of other well-informed people.  That's his groove, that's what he does.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 

Quoting Meadowchik:


Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I think that every administrative body in government has waste that can be cut, and it irritates me to no end when the first place they cut is services to the people they are serving.  Are there really no efficiencies that can be found to minimize the impact to the troops?  Surely there are.

This is a place where Romney's experience is relevant.  He knows about cutting innefficiencies and improving efficiency, did it in business, as Governor, and at the Olympics.

 IDK...I remain skeptical.  It isn't like Romney himself would be bent over his desk in the oval office pouring over the defense budget.  Bureaucrats would be doing that...bureacrats who are like every other bureacrat who really aren't interested in reducing the size of government lest they find themselves out of a job.


 


 

imamomzilla
by on Jul. 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

BUMP!

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