2013 in Review

Every year, I like to take the time to review and comment on the past year.  So here’s what’s on my radar.

Between the Sandy Hook Massacre and the Zimmerman case, the gun control / banning crowd attempted to use the bodies of innocent children and a thug to repeat their mantra of “guns are bad, people are good” when that is clearly not the case.  It has been reported (barely) that while gun ownership rose, the violent crime and murder rates reported by the FBI is at an all time low.



Interesting that the Obama Administration and its political sycophants did not make a bigger deal with this, but remember – they have an agenda to promote, and it’s not about individual gun ownership and responsibility.

This Administration has been the subject of multiple scandals almost too numerous to list.  It’s reaction is as frightening as it is blasé:  These scandals are phony!  I didn’t know!  It’s the Republican’s and/or Bush’s fault.  To wit:

And the Administration wonders why We The People are rating the President lower than ever.

Then there’s the ObamaCare debacle.  What we have to remember here is that it’s not just a malfunctioning website, it’s also an ill-conceived POS legislation that doesn’t allow people to keep their doctors and health plans (4-6 million have lost their insurance), doesn’t lower their cost of said insurance by an average of $2500 dollars (it’s often 2 to 5 times higher that what you were paying), would be self-sustaining (it isn’), and has so many exemptions for the politically connected that the rest of the hard-working Americans must pay through the nose to support it.  If the legislation was so good and groundbreaking to begin with, then why are our lawmakers (who passed this crap to begin with) fleeing the exchanges, and a PR campaign to sell it to the rest of us?


Make no mistake – a tsunami is coming, and it won’t be pretty.

Last on my year end list is the Federal Budget.  Stupid comments like, “We don’t have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem,” and “We don’t have a spending problem, we have a paying problem” does nothing to solve any of the budget issues, and plunges this country further into debt.  And one day, the bills will need to be paid.

But Congress’s solutions, although temporary, do not address the careless spending of public funds.  For instance, does Congress really need to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on foreign aid to countries that regularly call for the destruction of the United States?  Does Congress really need to spend millions of dollars in welfare for illegal immigrants to this country as well as provide said illegal immigrants with identification numbers for tax refunds?  Obviously they do, because what they have done is cut the pay and/or benefits to our soldiers, both active and retired, in the latest budget deal.

To add insult to injury, various politicians who voted for this budget deal are now asking the military personnel for monetary support.  In the following case, retired Chief Master Sargent Chuck Wooten posted the following on his Facebook account after receiving a fund-raising appeal from Representative Paul Ryan:

FB Friends,

I’m still mulling this Paul Ryan budget deal that stole money from every military retiree (past, present and future). This morning, upon opening my email, I noticed I had a letter from Congressman Paul Ryan…and it was begging me for an “emergency end of the year donation.” It only proves what we already know. The folks in Washington are indeed clueless. Instead of hitting the delete button, I decided to call Congressman Ryan out on his audacity and lack of self-awareness. I sent the following to him. I’m also posting it on the FB USAF Chiefs page as an open letter to the Congressman. If you’re a retiree, I will tell you we may have lost the battle, but not the war. If you’re inclined and find it worthy, let’s flood social media with this letter and see if we can get some traction. Thanks.

To Congressman Paul Ryan

Today at 8:19 AM

Congressman Ryan,

Please note that this request by you for a cash donation from me is extremely unfortunate and very ill-timed. You see sir, I am one of the military retirees your “bipartisan” budget just impacted. You and every Republican (both in the House and Senate that voted to pass this travesty betrayed and broke trust with me and everyone like me. You may not know us by name, but we’re the people, Congressman, who answered our Nation’s call, some of us at a very early age to willingly serve YOU and others LIKE YOU so you could safely attend college and pursue your personal ambitions without fear of harm.

You might also want to note that for at least 20 years, my brothers-in-arms answered that call of duty EVERY SINGLE DAY, without fail, without complaint, without enough money to sustain our loved ones we had to leave behind while we DID OUR JOB in every corner of the Earth. And for that service, we were given absolute assurance our so-called retirement benefits would be protected by law. The very law you shattered in your zeal to impress your Democratic cohorts in your back room deal–with the enemy. Yes, I said it. The liberal Democrats are an enemy to the American people and our Nation. Your lack of judgment and eagerness to compromise on the backs of us who protected you is sickening. Congressman, you and every Republican that voted for injuring military retirees have engaged in a complicit, sordid affair with the Democrats who’s objective has always been to dismantle the military. By climbing into their bed on this issue, you have confirmed you are absolutely no better than they and have proven it with your vote.

Congressman Ryan, the audacity which you display is noteworthy, but to unceremoniously snatch earned money from a small group that has added so much more value than the paltry $6B you looked to “save” (which is all smoke and mirrors and you know it), is reprehensible and insulting.

We have, despite the hardships, meager salaries and harsh conditions, have performed with honor and excellence…in silence, which is something most members of Congress have no idea about doing. Our job approval was, is and always be better than yours. We knew our mission and we got it done, then handed it off to a new generation in better shape than we found it.

Your ability to look us in the eye, take money from us (apparently there was ZERO, other source of waste within the federal government that you could have recovered this money from…right, got it), while simultaneously holding your hand out to beg (with passion) for our cash is stunning. Your actions have proven you do not have the tremendous intellect you’ve sold the American people on. I say, with all seriousness, Congressman, what you lack in intellect and spinal rigidity, you make up for in cajones.

I hope you and your cowardly, Republican “colleagues” hear a message from me loud and clear. You will NEVER receive another cent of financial support from me. Further, if you happen to be at a Capitol Hill dinner or at a K Street cocktail party with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, Rep. Ron Barber, Sen. Jeff Flake or Sen. John McCain, I would be honored if you communicate with them that I am launching an effort to ensure NONE of you traitorous “representatives of the people” ever receive another vote from a military retiree. Remove me from your contact lists.

Chuck Wooten,

Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)

Well said, Master Sargent, well said.

Folks, our politicians are out of touch with the needs and desires of the People as well as what is necessary for this great country of ours to continue.  Remember everything from the past year and beyond when evaluating the candidates in this upcoming year’s election cycle.

May everyone have a Happy New Year!

About Tom Roland

Tom Roland is my pen name for this blog. With that in mind... EE for 35 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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2 Responses to 2013 in Review

  1. Fantastic END OF THE YEAR post Tom. You beat me to it…but I am glad because mine wasn’t any where near this good.

  2. Tom Roland says:

    Thank you, Robert.

    This post was a milestone of sorts for me – it is the 50th here at Wise Conservatism, and the 750th at Tom’s Place through all it’s permutations.

    My thanks again for your invitation to write & post here.
    reply from Robert: Your welcome. I think that the time is going to be coming where the media will be us….and it will be up to us to keep the public informed on what is really going on here. I am glad to have you here.

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