Impressive Endorsement! Former Prisoners of War Support Mitt Romney

Pictured are glasses and cap of a former POW…
(Photo – Ted Jackson/Times Picayune)

What a great honor for Governor Mitt Romney…

Yesterday, 150 former prisoners of war (POWs) announced their support for Romney:

I am deeply honored to have the support of these American heroes who suffered so much for our nation and her people,” said Mitt Romney. “Our military men and women are America’s best. They put everything—including their lives and their liberty—on the line for our freedoms. When I am president, I will honor their dedication and those sacrifices by ensuring that we maintain the strength of our military, provide the care our veterans need, and build an economy that gives every American the chance to live their dreams.”

“Our nation’s most sacred commitment is to our men and women in uniform,” said Lt. Colonel Orson Swindle, USMC, (Ret.). “But for the last four years, we’ve been letting them down. Too many veterans come home without opportunities for good jobs. Too many of our wounded are seeing the cost of their medical care on the rise. We need new leadership in Washington. That’s why I am supporting Mitt Romney. He not only appreciates the sacrifices the men and women of the armed forces make, he has the experience and the plan to turn this country around. He’ll make sure that none of our bravest come back from war only to face new and sometimes even more difficult battles at home. Our nation is hungry for that kind of leadership. Mitt Romney will provide it.”

The Governor recently paid tribute to America’s prisoners of war and our military missing in action (MIAs) on National POW/MIA Recognition Day (September 21, 2012).

A bouquet of red, white, and blue graces the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, GA. The site serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war.
Click on image to enlarge. (photographer unknown)

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Governor Mitt Romney has a deep respect and love for all who have served or are currently serving in the United States military. He is pictured greeting a group of veterans after speaking at a campaign event, May 29, 2012, in Craig, CO. (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)

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Note: On Oct 17, 2012, Romney announced his Military Advisory Council. You must check out the amazing list of military members serving on his council, including retired General Tommy Franks, who said, “Governor Romney is committed to restoring America’s leadership role in the world. Instead of playing politics with our military, he will strengthen our defense posture by reversing the President’s devastating defense cuts. The fact of the matter is that we cannot afford another four years of feckless foreign policy. We need level-headed leadership which will protect our interests and defend our values with clarity and without apology.” DO read more here.

Every name on the following list of endorsers for Governor Romney represents an individual story of enormous sacrifice and valor in the service of our nation. Each individual spent time imprisoned by enemies of the United States. They’ve lived through horrors I can only imagine. Each truly knows what it’s like to suffer for the USA. They see how the Obama economy is affecting returning soldiers and they’re concerned about our shrinking military, sequestration, care for older veterans, and are very aware of Obama’s ‘apology tour’ and his Benghazi cover-up. These POWs know what is at stake in this election. I’ve linked information to the first 10 patriots and the last 10. Copy and paste any name (include “POW’) and search the internet to learn more about every veteran listed. As you look over the list, take a moment to show respect for these American heroes by reading each name.

Former prisoners of war endorsing Mitt Romney:

Senator John McCain
Rep. Sam Johnson
Captain Ray Alcorn, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Everett Alvarez, USN, (Ret.)
CWO Frank Anton, USA, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Tim Ayers, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Elmo Baker, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Ted Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Robert Barnett, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Richard Bates, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain James Bell, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John Borling, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Ron Byrne, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Peter Camerota, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain David Carey, USN, (Ret.)
Commander Al Carpenter, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel/Chaplain Robert Certain, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Harlan Chapman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Larry Chesley, USAF, (Ret.)
Commander George Coker, USN, (Ret.)
Colonel James Collins, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel Thomas Collins, USAF, (Ret.)
Lt. Colonel James Condon, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Ken Cordier, USAF, (Ret.)
Major Joe Crecca, USAF, (Ret.)
Colonel Tom Curtis, USAF, (Ret.)
Captain Samuel B. Cusimano, USAF, (Ret.)
Major J. D. Cutter, USAF, (Ret.)
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Obama: Using Taxpayer Money to Buy Votes

If you’re like me you may have missed a story a couple weeks ago that has broader ramifications than you may have originally thought.

You may recall that “sequestration” is the collection of automatic budget cuts proposed by the White House and agreed to under duress by Congress as part of the debt ceiling negotiations. The cuts go into effect on January 2 unless Congress and the President act. Kind of like a spending cut time bomb: the White House extracted this concession in exchange for its agreement to increase the debt ceiling, with the hope it could get Congress to accept other less terrible cuts and tax increases later. That plan has backfired, however, and we’re left with the real possibility of the president’s sequestration time bomb going off. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said these cuts would have a “catastrophic” effect on national security, “like shooting ourselves in the head.”

As a result, businesses, especially defense contractors, are now preparing to lay off up to one million workers. A friend I spoke with yesterday told me at his company no one knows if they’ll have a job come January 2. Usually these workers would not have to wait until the day the layoffs occur to know their fate. Under a Federal law called the “WARN Act,” companies with 100 or more employees must give workers 60 days notice before a layoff of the lesser of 1/3 or 500 people. Failure to provide the notice can result in significant exposure to employee lawsuits. To avoid these costs, companies would need to notify workers of a pending layoff by November 2, 2012.

Well, that’s terribly inconvenient timing for the president. Friday November 2 is the Friday before the election. It’d be a real bummer for a million voters to get pink slips four days before voting. Not wanting to let a good law get in the way of re-election, the Obama administration on July 30, through Jane Oates, assistant secretary in the Labor Department, issued “guidance” advising companies they need not comply with the WARN Act if they’re contemplating sequestration layoffs. Effectively the administration advised defense contractors to not tell employees they’re about to get fired. Never mind the reason behind the Act that employees should be given a fair heads’ up. According to Obama, that law “shouldn’t” apply if the Department of Labor says it doesn’t.

But it gets worse. Many companies saw the advice from the Department of Labor and said they were going to provide the notices anyway, since ultimately whether they violated the law, and had to pay related penalties, would be determined not by the Department of Labor, but the courts. These companies’ exposure was estimated to be as much as $4 billion, plus inestimable other expenses (see below). So, having not been convincing enough, on September 28, on the letterhead of the “Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget” the Obama administration went even further and agreed to pick up the tab for these companies’ failing to comply with the law. In other words, if these companies rely on the DOL’s advice, fail to timely provide WARN Act notices, and lay off employees with no warning whatsoever on January 2, Obama has volunteered to pay, at taxpayer expense, all resulting costs, including penalties, judgements and legal fees. Did I say this was at taxpayer expense? (more…)