Bush's 2007 budget submission would support a Guard of about 333,000 citizen soldiers — the current level — rather than the 350,000 authorized by Congress. It also proposes to pay for 188,000 Army Reserve troops rather than the 205,000 authorized by Congress.Now don't get me wrong, these are tough times, fiscally.
[ cf Bush Calms Some Governors on Nat'l Guard ]
And besides, it's not like america got attacked. Or that there really is any need to increase our military forces abroad in what might have been the central front of the war on imaginary weapon systems.
What can I say. With Bucky Bugging out on the NeoConLoveFest leaving only those who are firmly committed the One True And Only Doctrine, that the argument from Intelligent Design Demands!!! Which is probably a gooder Idea, because NASA has been having a really hard time working out why NASA should be wasting it's time doing Science when it could be getting in on the Lucrative BizNiz of defeating imaginary weapons systems, and imaginary monsters.
( if you missed the Planetary Society Gathering, where they are trying to organize for why doing science is in the nation's interests, not to mention why we need to move on the process of dealing with Europa - the planet, not that other candidate across the ditch from IngSoc, then check out their Where Is The Science? rant. )
Or we could go with the DOJ saying that Goggle shouldn't worry about privacy concerns - since there are no such concerns - gosh, dig the Gonzala's memo doing that really skanky Mall Goth Scary Face Routine. I mean if we can not trust the DOG^H J to protect us from well, what ever it was the last attorney general did that the current one does not want to talk about and how the Supreme Court and everyone else should just forget about it, because, well, that was then, this is now, and the DOG^H J is going to sit politely on the lap of those who are it's best friend and have kept them out of combat...
Now don't get me wrong here folks, like most decent americans, i too am asking the question:
ARE WE TERRORIZED YET?since, well gosh, of course just because there were laws about how to deal with the security issues about handing over controls of ports, why should the current administration, which didn't believe in the laws about wireless warrent taps, or the questions about how long the Government Can detain a person without even so much as advocating that an actual crime had been committed, I mean... why worry, be happy! The President Supports Someone!
But it clearly does not have to be the law, or the american citizenry...
But wouldn't it be at least polite of the president to offer himself a reach around?