The annual National Governors Association (NGA) met in Washington, D.C. on February 22 and 23, 2014. As you’ll read below, Governors Nikki Haley (R-SC) and Rick Perry (R-TX) spoke openly of threats and stern promises coming from Barack Obama if they spoke of spending or cuts to the National Guard. Governor Haley said the “tone” “chilled the room quite a bit.” A letter dated today to Barack Obama, was signed by 50 Governors opposing his National Guard cuts and “aviation capabilities.” What are the cuts to the Guard’s “aviation capabilities?”
Hagel also wants to transfer the National Guard’s Apache attack helicopters to active-duty units, and move the Army’s Black Hawk helicopters to the National Guard. He said the Guard’s fleet of helicopters would decline by 8 percent. Source: CNS News
If my math is correct, the $295 BILLION in duplicative government programs we waste EVERY YEAR would buy 14,750 Apaches at $20 million each, EVERY YEAR. We have 800+ Apache’s in service and we’ve sent over 1,000 Apache’s to Egypt, Greece, Japan, Saudi Arabia, UK and Israel.
Most sources say a Black Hawk costs $14 million to $20 million each. This source says we have purchased about 2,600 Black Hawks over the years. You can do the math on that one.
Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina:
“You know, and I just want to say that it was — it always is a very respectful exchange, and we always agree that we can agree to disagree. The tone completely changed when we started talking about the National Guard. It automatically went into an aggressive nature by him, implying that many of you have asked for cuts. This is what you said you wanted. Don’t start coming in and now complaining that these cuts are affecting you because you said you wanted it, now you’re going to get it, you’re going to have to live with it, and if somebody questions it, I’m going to have something to say about it — completely different change in tone.
“And it was towards the end of the meeting. But — and it wasn’t just a change in tone from him to Republican governors; you felt it to all governors. And so it chilled the room quite a bit.” Read more from Haley, including about South Carolina’s ‘First Husband,’ who just completed a year’s deployment.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, with Governor Haley sitting beside him, nodding through most of the press conference, talked about the lack of trust Obama said he had in governors, and the “push-back” threat (see the video at Independent Sentinel with commentary by Sara Noble)
I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled by the tone of the president when you has governors, and we all compete against each other, we are the laboratories of innovation, and for the president of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye, and to say ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure — that is really troubling — particularly when you are seeing states be what has really performed over the course of the last four to five years he’s been the president of the United States. This discussion on energy policy, where the president on one hand want to take credit for more energy being discovered in the United States, but it is his policies, it’s the EPA that is being pushed to close the door on extended energy policy in this country that could secure America for decades going forward. That’s being put in jeopardy by this administration, so you’re hearing very, at cross-purposes messages from this president.
I want to just add to what Nikki said about the guard, and Democrat governors are very concerned, I will suggest to you about what they heard today about the Guard. I left the United States Air Force in the mid-70s, in February 1977 as our country was going through a similar period of time, reducing the force, but those men and women who had extraordinary expertise in combat, were going into the Guard and into the Reserves. I hope we are not about to make a tragic mistake in this country. Hollowing out our guard, in some political statement of you’re all going to feel the pain, because that’s certainly what I heard today from the president of the United States today. As a matter of fact, he said in that meeting, he said if I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you’ll hear from me. If I’m a Democrat governor, if I’m a Republican governor, I’m highly offended by that.
In November 2014, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) (who was also chairwoman of the 2014 NGA) announced that the state’s National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex.
FALLIN: Oklahoma law is clear. The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people. Source: Tulsa World
Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal stopped at a mic immediately after leaving the West Wing and said Obama mentioned minimum wage “repeatedly,” and “the Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy.”
If the point wasn’t made earlier, every Democrat governor signed the letter just days after leaving the White House and being told they would feel the pain, and if they objected they would hear from him. Awaiting next performance.
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