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    Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

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    Three months before the massive BP oil spill erupted in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration proposed downsizing the Coast Guard national coordination center for oil spill responses, prompting its senior officers to warn that the agency's readiness for catastrophic events would be weakened.


    That proposal is feeding a mounting debate over whether the federal government is able to regulate deep-sea oil extraction. Defense analysts and retired agency leaders question whether the Coast Guard -- which shares oversight of offshore drilling with the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service -- has the expertise and resources to keep pace with industry advances.

    Accidents happen, "but what you're seeing here is the government is not properly set up to deal with this kind of issue," said Robbin Laird, a defense consultant who has worked on Coast Guard issues. "The idea that you would even think about getting rid of catastrophic environmental spill equipment or expertise at the Department of Homeland Security, are you kidding me?"



    So, Obama wanted to cut the very people who we needed the most? Am I missing something?
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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    So, Obama wanted to cut the very people who we needed the most? Am I missing something?
    Well, we're going to have to find the funding from somewhere. Who would you like to tax in order to come up with the revenue to keep the Coast Guard in operation?

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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Well, we're going to have to find the funding from somewhere. Who would you like to tax in order to come up with the revenue to keep the Coast Guard in operation?
    No, I would like to cut the bajillions in socialist crap.
    Then we could fund anything national security-wise.

    Protecting the nation is Job#1, and it is permitted by our Constitution.

    BUT... such behavior is consistent with Obama's blatant disregard for our national security.

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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    No, I would like to cut the bajillions in socialist crap.
    Then we could fund anything national security-wise.

    Protecting the nation is Job#1, and it is permitted by our Constitution.

    BUT... such behavior is consistent with Obama's blatant disregard for our national security.

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    You mean like how he hasn't yet withdrawn troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and end those wars? Or that he hasn't called for the repeal of the PATRIOT Act yet? Is that how he's showing blatant disregard for our national security?

    But you're absolutely right. Let's end all the socialist government spending going on first. Let's put an end to no-bid contracts and government subsidies to agricultural goods so they can compete in the free market. That sounds like a good start to me.

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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    You mean like how he hasn't yet withdrawn troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and end those wars? Or that he hasn't called for the repeal of the PATRIOT Act yet? Is that how he's showing blatant disregard for our national security?

    But you're absolutely right. Let's end all the socialist government spending going on first. Let's put an end to no-bid contracts and government subsidies to agricultural goods so they can compete in the free market. That sounds like a good start to me.
    Obama would most likely suggest that those States having a Coastline should be more willing to pay more to have those Coastlines protected than States that did not have a coastline.

    I seem to recall him having thought of this type of idiocy before, when he suggested that Service men and Women should purchase their own Insurance as they were fulfilling their own desire in fighting for the US.
    Thankfully someone pursuaded this ignoramus that that idea was not the briightest he could come up with.

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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Obama would most likely suggest that those States having a Coastline should be more willing to pay more to have those Coastlines protected than States that did not have a coastline.

    I seem to recall him having thought of this type of idiocy before, when he suggested that Service men and Women should purchase their own Insurance as they were fulfilling their own desire in fighting for the US.
    Thankfully someone pursuaded this ignoramus that that idea was not the briightest he could come up with.
    Got to disagree with you there..... it probably was the brightest idea he could come up with.
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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Well, we're going to have to find the funding from somewhere. Who would you like to tax in order to come up with the revenue to keep the Coast Guard in operation?
    Why is taxing the only means ? Is there nothing in the Federal budget you can think of that can be reduced?
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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    Why is taxing the only means ? Is there nothing in the Federal budget you can think of that can be reduced?
    Personally? Yes. We can legalize drugs and prostitution, which will reduce the need to pay for the enforcement, trial, and incarceration of those involved in those crimes, thus lowering our need to pay for them. That would drop a couple thousand million from the budget, and raise revenue from taxes on it.

    But I also know that that's not going to happen any time soon.

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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Well, we're going to have to find the funding from somewhere. Who would you like to tax in order to come up with the revenue to keep the Coast Guard in operation?
    How 'bout we don't spend trillions of dollars on deer under passes and turtel tunnels? Cutting the Federal government's number one source of non-tax revenue surely isn't going to help things.
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    Re: Critics say plan to cut Coast Guard personnel will harm readiness for crises

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    How 'bout we don't spend trillions of dollars on deer under passes and turtel tunnels? Cutting the Federal government's number one source of non-tax revenue surely isn't going to help things.
    You got a link to where we're spending trillions of dollars on deer under passes and turtel tunnels? Because, for one thing, I don't think we've spent a trillion dollars on those, and for another thing, I think the proliferation of no-bid contracts have cost the U.S. government more than what we actually have spent on deer under passes and turtel tunnels.

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