Military.com: The U.S. Marine Corps is sticking with its Vietnam-era, M40 sniper rifle series, despite complaints from scout snipers who say they need the modern, longer-range weapons used by special-ops snipers. Marine scout snipers are considered to be among the best snipers in the world, but many are frustrated at the limitations of the current M40A5 sniper rifle. The A5 is based on the Remington M700 short-action design that's chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO, like the original M40 Marines [read more]
My apologies to all those Republican stalwarts out there, but I stopped identifying with the G.O.P. some time ago and now count myself primarily as a Conservative.
And when I see posts like this on Hot Air, I feel amply justified.
A couple key bits:
The congressional Super Committee is long gone, but the consequences of its failure will be felt by millions of Americans unless Congress addresses mandatory cuts that take effect Jan. 2, 2013.
A new study released today by economist Stephen S. Fuller of George Mason University and the Aerospace Industries Association estimates that 2.14 million U.S. jobs will disappear as a result of the Budget Control Act’s sequestration mandate. That would push the nation’s unemployment rate above 9 percent.
Automatic cuts totaling $1.2 trillion will hit the defense industry particularly hard. Defense-related jobs makes up about half of the lost jobs, according to the study. The report estimates losses for other sectors of the economy as well: 48,059 jobs in healthcare, 98,953 in construction, 473,250 in manufacturing. California, Virginia and Texas will fare worst.
And just who was it that agreed to the genius idea of a “Super Committee” and the “draconian” sequestration in the (all too predictable) event that the Super Committee failed to reach agreement? Yep, those guys in leadership like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Someone please remind me just why it was so clever of Boehner and McConnell to agree to this deal with the Democrats? A deal that these very same people are now scrambling to escape and avoid like kids caught stealing from a candy store. “Yeah, we did it, but we didn’t think we’d actually get punished for it or anything!”
And if the whole sequestration idea wasn’t bad enough, the particulars of the deal are just, downright horrible:
Cuts to America’s military are particularly alarming. The across-the-board cut of more than $500 billion over the next decade comes in addition to the $487 billion in cuts already proposed by President Obama for the Department of Defense. The Budget Control Act hits the military hardest.
Chart produced by The Heritage Foundation based upon figures from the Congressional Budget Office.
These nitwit Republicans agreed to drastic spending cuts that barely touch the Entitlement Monster that is breaking the U.S. Treasury.
And why did the G.O.P. leadership do this? Because they were afraid of forcing real and immediate spending cuts in 2011 as part of the debt ceiling “crisis.”
Anyone for a Conservative Party? I don’t think America can afford the Stupid Party much longer.