Was released POW a deserter?

Reaction to his release is mixed

From The Washington Post

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s recovery after five years in captivity has rekindled anger among some of his military peers over how he came to fall into enemy hands and the price the United States has paid to get him back.

Bergdahl, 28, is believed to have slipped away from his platoon’s small outpost in Af­ghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009, after growing disillusioned with the U.S. military’s war effort. He was captured shortly afterward by enemy ­forces and held captive in Pakistan by insurgents affiliated with the Taliban. At the time, an entire U.S. military division and thousands of Afghan soldiers and police officers devoted weeks to searching for him, and some soldiers resented risking their lives for someone they considered a deserter.

Bergdahl was recovered Saturday by a U.S. Special Operations team in Afghanistan after weeks of intense negotiations in which U.S. officials, working through the government of Qatar, negotiated a prisoner swap with the Taliban. In exchange for his release, the United States agreed to free five Taliban commanders from the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Continue reading

Yoder responds to president’s budget proposal

Congressman Kevin Yoder today, Wednesday, April 9, made the following statement after President Obama released his 2014 federal budget proposal:

“The President’s 2014 budget proposal appears to be more of the same in terms of stimulus spending, higher taxes, and growing the size of the federal government. We already had a large tax increase on most Americans on January 1,” he said. “Now, the American people want ever-increasing government spending controlled, and they want a budget that balances.

“The President’s budget does offer daylight in the discussion about the tremendous cost-drivers of our national debt. We need to have a very serious debate about how to responsibly and effectively reform programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that strengthen and most importantly preserve these programs for when future generations need them.

“I’m encouraged that the House, the Senate, and the President all have offered budget proposals. We can now do the heavy lifting of working together to get a budget passed that preserves needed programs like Social Security and Medicare, keeps taxes low on all Americans, and balances within the next decade.”

Decisions, statements and events that make you shake your head

The majority of people in this country, and nearly all the politicians, I think have completely lost their minds.

I sit each night in the recliner and watch the television news and often shake my head at what I’m hearing and seeing: murders, rapes, nuclear threats, political candidates talking about legitimate rape, and a Kansas Congressman skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee.

Throughout the day, I read news articles and opinion pieces published on the Internet by The Associated Press, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and FOX among several others. There are times when I shake my head, times when I get angry, times when I’m confused, and more-often-than-not simply wonder what the hell people, especially politicians, are thinking when they make certain accusations or decisions. Continue reading

The people will pay for president’s religious ‘accomodation’

One of these days, politicians are going to learn that nothing is free.

One of these days, politicians are going to learn that the less they do, the country will be better off.

One of these days, politicians are going to learn that the people are in charge. Continue reading

Same old political rhetoric

I heard the president’s speech Tuesday night, Jan. 24. I listened to the Republican response by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. I watched the YouTube response from 3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park. I listened to many of the “expert” commentators and pundits.

And here’s what I heard: a campaign speech, the president needs to bend to Republican ideals, that there are better ways to put people back to work and stimulate the economy, and then a lot of BS by commentators trying to impress each other with their so-called analytical expertise and satisfy their own egos. Continue reading

Kansas’ success is key for ‘King’ Brownback

When President Obama last December stopped in little Osawatomie, Kan., to give a national speech, Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback should have taken some time to chat with the president because, in reality, in their respective positions they have shared a lot of common ground.

Just like Obama on a national scale when he took the oath of office, when Brownback moved into the Governor’s Mansion he was greeted with a declining state economy, declining state revenues, a broken school finance formula, high unemployment, and a huge recurring hole in the state budget. Obama was welcomed with a Democratic-controlled House and Senate; Brownback has enjoyed a House filled not just with nearly all Republicans, but with a majority of ultra-conservative Republicans as well as a Senate that is close to being all Republicans and just a couple of seats short of being a majority of ultra-conservatives.

Yep, Obama and Brownback almost were like two peas in a pod given their initial situations. Continue reading

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