California Screws Soldiers and the Country


So, let’s get a few things straightened out.

Yes, the California National Guard Soldiers are being screwed over. But NOT by the Pentagon.

retired-soldier-repay-bonusNope. This is 100% the fault of the State of California and it’s oversight of its own National Guard. There is no “news” in this news story. It’s been known for more than two years. The FACT is that in 2011 the State had to relieve and replace its CA-National Guard Leadership because of allegations and concerns about this exact issue. Congress has known about this for at least two years. But they did nothing because it wasn’t a front page story. Now that it is, the attention whores otherwise known as Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy have decided to “fight” against the Pentagon’s actions to reclaim the improperly paid bonuses, even as they continue to criticize Pentagon overspending and waste.

What should happen here is that the State of California, which had oversight of the funds and failed (according to the audit) to oversee them properly or even bother (it seems) to read the instructions before they started handing out the bonuses, should have to write a check to the Pentagon to cover the funds the Pentagon needs back before some Congressman with a bug up his/her rear end decides to make a few headlines by criticizing the Pentagon for wasteful spending and improper oversight. Then some “true conservative” Legislator in the State House should introduce a bill to make it clear that this is 100% the State of California’s fault and to make sure that the State doesn’t then go after the Soldiers for the money.

That won’t happen though. The politicians and the pundits – on both sides – will continue to blame and hammer the Pentagon. For doing its job (for once). Congress will get on its High Horse and pass a law to relieve the Soldiers of the responsibility. Of course, how it will help those who have already made great sacrifices to pay it back is unclear.

There’s a bigger issue here though that I want you to think about. California constantly complains that it “sends more money to Washington than we get back.” Okay, every State says this. But here we have a great example of a State that is 100% responsible for this f**kup. Are you clear about this? The State of California is ToTaLly accountable here, and even had to fire its National Guard leadership because it knew about it in 2011. But instead of the State fixing the problem, we will turn to the Federal government and make EVERY OTHER STATE help pay for the screw up that California made on its own, with no help from anybody else.

Oh, and the Governor who was the Commander of the CA National Guard when all this happened? A (cough, cough) Republican…

Barely talked about in all the hubbub over Trump and Clinton is the realization that it is likely that the Senate (for almost certain) and possible that the House may turn Democrat. Just think about what that is going to mean in the next four years. And think about why it is likely to happen. I keep saying that Trump is the GOP’s own fault for not living up to their promises and governing as if they are not-so-secret Democrats. But this would also be their fault for the same reason. The “Nuclear Option” will be back and expanded, and the next few Supreme Court nominees will fly through (along with the lower Courts). Even if you – like me – cannot find a single Candidate worth my vote for President, there are still down ballot races that are going to matter…

brock-osweilerI felt so bad last night for Brock Osweiler. Look, I am a lifelong Broncos fan. Osweiler should have been our QB. But he let his ego get bruised and saw a lot of dollar signs and bolted from the best situation a young QB could possibly have had in the NFL. His biggest problem continues to be his height, which he doesn’t know how to use to his advantage. He tends to “check down” a lot, as all young QB’s do. But because of his height, he throws the ball on a downwards trajectory, instead of floating it over the defensive line. He could have been in Denver, learning from Peyton Manning, Gary Kubiack and John Elway. Instead he went to Houston where he’s got nobody to teach him or work with him in a meaningful way (BTW, Houston does not even have a QB’s coach, and no staff person has img_3350ever served as a QB’s coach) I really feel bad for him, but there is a lesson there that is so “Major League 3: Back to the Minors” about letting your ego get bigger than your talent. I don’t know what Houston is going to do, but what I saw on the bench in the late 4th Quarter last night convinces me that his team has lost all belief in him. Fantasy players are mad because one of the best Wide Receivers in the league is essentially useless because of his problems. Unlike Kaepernick, Osweiler has talent and potential. If Houston gives up on him (and they will, because they don’t know how to work with him), he should go back to Denver or New England. Someday he could be really great.

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on October 25, 2016, in Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos, Federalism, Houston Texans, NFL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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