The fires in southern Calfiornia have become the latest in what is now a long line and steady series of Katrinas and Walter Reeds, that is, a federal program that was deliberately underfunded and its effectiveness seriously...and disastrously...undermined.
My column on nationaljournal.com this week is a serious departure for me. Instead of commenting/explaining/screaming about what others are doing about the budget, I provided what I called the Collender Manifesto, my idea of how fedreal budget decisions should be made. Judging from the responses I've already received, there's plenty here for everyone to hate,. so I must be doing something right. All additional comments much appreciated.
Here's the column for what I hope will be your reading enjoyment.
Higher mlitary spending or more Blackwaters are on the way. That's the inevitable conclusion from today's "Budget Battles" on nationaljournal.com.
Here's the key point: the increased use of expensive contractors was inevitable given the federal budget politics that encouraged the White House and Capitol Hill to underestimate the military threat to the United States and the forces needed to deal with it so that lower costs could be projected.
You have to wonder if it's the same person at the White House?
Years after the administration displayed the "mission accomplished" banner behind the president as he spoke on an aircraft carrier about how hostilities in Iraq were over, the president spoke yesterday in Arkansas in front of a banner saying "fiscal responsibility."
I'm a big CNBC fan. I've been interviewed countless times since the network was formed, know many of the reporters and producers well, and most important, watch it religiously all day long when the markets are open.
But I've never understood why CNBC and virtually everyone else in the financial media continues to think it's important when the Dow Jones Industrials average exceeds its previous record high by a few points or why GOP-leaning analysts say that it's significant.