THE BOAT IS LEAKING
Leonard and Sharon and many of us know, but not everybody knows “…the boat is leaking” and “that the captain lied (lyrics from “Everybody Knows, written by Leonard Cohen with Sharon Robinson, February 1988). Maybe it’s not the end of the world as we know it—yet, but recent news indicates it’s coming at a rapid pace:
In the worst quarter of jobs creation in two years, 12.7 million people are unemployed.
The Government has admitted they “may” be using cell phone data to “track” us.
Cities are going bankrupt. States would be, too, if it was legal to do so.
Plastic fillings may be leading depression in children.
More and more seniors are suffering mental illnesses.
Building the three new nuclear plants in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, will cost a couple of billion dollars more than planned due to glitches, delays, etc.
The State Department says “something” could “collapse” in Syria in the next 36 hours. FYI: Violence in Syria has killed 17,000 people since March 2011.
Fed Chair Bernanke acknowledged that the domestic fiscal growth remains weak but said the Fed’s efforts to “bolster growth” have helped lift the economy out of the current recession and that “clearly” progress has been made.
The Obama administration is creating a $1 billion plan to reward “high-performing” teachers with salary stipends to “encourage education in high-demand areas that hold the key to future economic growth – and to close the achievement gap between American students and their international peers”.
An estimated $6 billion to $8 billion of the $51 billion government funds allocated for the reconstruction of Iraq was “lost to waste, fraud and abuse” due to poor record keeping by the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
A total of 246,000 people enrolled in the Social Security Disability Insurance program between April and June. $119 billion in benefits were paid last year to 8.3 million disabled workers, nearly 18% of Social Security spending. The SSD fund is shrinking and may be depleted by 2016.
The Secretary of Agriculture wants us to be on the lookout for food price gouging as the drought conditions may lead to stores overcharging “unsuspecting customers”.
Homeland Security officials have announced that those U.S. citizens banned from flying because they’re considered terror threats are no longer prohibited from learning how to fly at the nation’s flight schools.
The President said, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
Iran is simmering.
Hoping to boost military strength against Iran, 20 nations are staging an “anti-mining” exercise in the waterways of the Mideast. A statement from the U.S. Central Command claims “It’s ‘a hypothetical threat from an extremist organization to mine the international strategic waterways of the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf, although exercise activities will not extend into the Strait of Hormuz.’”
The number of minesweepers in the region was recently doubled.
The USS Ponce, an afloat forward staging base, is there and a second U.S. aircraft carrier will be arriving in September, several months earlier than scheduled. What’s it going to take for everybody to realize the boat is leaking and that the captain lied?
The USS Obama needs to be decommissioned.
June Smith is the widow WBAL talk show host and Sun columnist, Ron Smith, who posthumously received an Emmy® for his lifetime achievement in television and radio at WBAL in Baltimore, MD. Smith was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith’s tribute website honoring his legacy is www.FriendsofRonSmith.com. She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins and is an advocate for H.R. 733, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Education Act. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.