Monday, November 26, 2012

Immigration Reform - Euphemism for Vote Buying

With the Republican Party openly discussing immigration reform and changing positions on immigration as a party in order to attract Hispanic voters, I thought this would be a good time to review some immigration laws that are already enacted.

The General Law on Population enacted in April 2000 mandates that federal, local and municipal police cooperate with federal immigration authorities in the arrest of illegal immigrants.  Illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.  Deported immigrants who are deported and attempt to reenter the country are subject to ten years in prison.  Violation of your visa is punishable by up to six years in prison.  Citizens who provide help to illegal immigrants are to be prosecuted.  The law also says foreigners can be deported if they are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," violate the law, are not "mentally or physically healthy" or lack the "necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents.

Foreigners will be admitted into the country "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress."  Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa - such as working without a permit - are subject to a term in prison.  Foreigners who enter the country illegally are subject to two years in prison.

There is more, but by now you're probably stunned at what you've read unless you've already figured out where I'm going with this.  The General Law on Population is a law passed in Mexico, not in the United States.

This brings me back to immigration reform.  The Democrats idea of 'reform' is to make all the illegals legal and put them on the path to citizenship.  They know this would immediately add millions of voters to the Democratic party and it would lock up the Hispanic vote for decades to come.  It's nothing more than blatant vote buying, with legal status being the payment for votes.

The Republicans idea of 'reform' is not quite as liberal as the Democrat plan, but also has a goal of trying to win Hispanic votes.  The only problem they're having with it is trying to figure out how to have 'reform' without having to out-liberal the Democrats.  This is poor policy, doomed to failure and is also nothing but blatant vote buying. 

Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon has also weighed in on immigration laws here.  In an address to Congress in 2010 he railed against the immigration law in Arizona, calling it racist. Naturally, he is going to oppose any law that makes it harder for his citizens to sneak across our border and benefit from the liberal welfare programs available in the United States.  He knows that most of the illegals who come here send money back to family members in Mexico. 

So it seems all parties involved want some type of 'reform.'  So do I.  But the reform I have in mind would never have a chance of getting through Congress.  The reform I prefer is to pass the General Law on Population here in the USA and then enforce it to the max.  No more buying votes with immigration status.  No more buying votes with welfare programs.  No more buying votes with other benefits illegals receive.  And no more siphoning of US tax dollars and sending them to Mexican relatives.  The amount of money being spent on illegals far outweighs the amount of money it would take to round these people up and expel them from our country. 

The Democrats in Washington figured out years ago that they can buy people's votes and now they have figured out a way to buy the votes of people who are not yet even citizens.  Whatever it takes to keep them in power is the way the Democrats will go, no matter the financial consequences for our country.  And the Republicans are not far behind.  They've realized they don't have the Hispanic vote and they want it.  But again, no matter the financial consequences for our country.

Both parties are essentially starting a bidding war with the highest bidder presumed to be awarded the Hispanic voting block, but the Republicans are fools to think they could ever win.  No matter what kind of 'reform' Republicans offer or agree to, the Democrats will retain the Hispanic votes for the foreseeable future.  Republicans are selling the country down the river in an attempt to get something they will never have.  If they truly wanted to get more votes they would work toward enforcing the laws we already have and have the illegals shipped out of our country. The conservatives who abandoned the party over the nomination of Mitt Romney will never come back as long as the Republicans keep moving to the left.  But apparently, the Republicans are more concerned with the votes of 11,000,000 illegal immigrants than they are about getting the votes of legal citizens.  With that being the case, the Republicans should not be surprised at all when a lot of those legal citizens who used to vote for them stay home again on the next election day.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Media: Willing Accomplices to Terrorism

The outbreak of hostilities in Gaza recently has brought with it something I've seen time and time again when Israel is involved and that is blatant false reporting by the media.  There are numerous examples of this just from the current events in Gaza.  The cooperation given to Hamas terrorists in fabricating stories in an attempt to make Israel look like an evil aggressor is nothing new, but it does underscore what Israel is up against.  Worldwide opinion is already anti-Israel and the lies put forth by the terrorists with the help of their friends in the media just make it worse.  But that is their goal, of course.

CNN's Sara Sidner reports on the death of a four year old boy, calling him "another victim of an [Israeli] airstrike."  The boy was actually killed by a Hamas rocket that fell short in Gaza instead of on it's target - Israel.  The Telegraph in the UK reported the truth of what actually happened.

MSNBC talking head Mara Schiavocampo told Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren that Hamas rockets "rarely do damage."  The three Israelis who have been killed by rockets so far might disagree.

A media building was allowed to be used by "senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives."  Israel targeted the second floor of the building, where the targets were, and left the rest of the building unharmed.  The IDF Spokesperson said the four were using reporters as human shields. With their blessing, no doubt.

The New York Times has a story of an Israeli attack that flattened a house in Gaza City, killing nine people in three generations of a family.  The Washington Times has a story of an Israeli missile attack that killed the Hamas commander in charge of missile operations.  Both stories are talking about the same attack but the Times story does not tell you one of the dead was a Hamas commander.

CNN and the BBC were caught using footage of a man faking injuries from an Israeli airstrike.  The man was being carried by others due to his 'injuries' but a few minutes later he is seen walking around and appearing completely healthy.  CNN, to their credit, retracted the video and issued a statement saying the video would not be used again.  The BBC, however, defended their broadcast and said they had run a shorter edit of the event, the event was not staged and that the man apparently recovered.

ABC correspondent Alex Marquardt reported without question a claim by an unidentified member of a terrorist group whom he had interviewed that, "We wouldn't fire rockets if Israel wasn't killing us."  No mention at all of the 700 rockets fired out of Gaza this year before Israel's military response began.

Saying that Twitter bans "threats of violence", the BBC asked Twitter to ban the Alqassam Brigade in Gaza and the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson, drawing no distinction between terrorists and the Israeli military.

These are examples from just within the last few days.  Each time there is an escalation of violence the media are there to report the lies without question or to be blatantly biased and hostile to Israel when 'reporting.' 

The type of reporting that should be happening is only happening online, mostly in the blogosphere.  What follows below is from Melanie Phillips' blog and is an excellent example of what you will never see on the news or read in mainstream publications such as the New York Times.

"Since the beginning of Israel’s operation Pillar of Defence last Wednesday against Hamas rocket attacks, there have been more than 1000 Israeli air strikes. At time of writing, the Palestinian death toll is 69. That is a staggeringly small number of fatalities for more than 1000 bombing raids.
It shows beyond doubt that the Israelis are not only doing everything they can to avoid civilian casualties, but have achieved a degree of precision in doing so which no other army can match. For sure, every civilian casualty is regrettable, and the deaths of children are always tragic -- today’s apparently heavy toll particularly so, including at what appears to have been a mistaken target. Such mistakes inevitably happen in war.
But consider this: the very low casualty rate among Israelis from the thousands of rockets that have rained down on them from Gaza is largely due to the fact that Israel has provided its citizens with shelters to save their lives. In Gaza, by horrific contrast, the Hamas leadership has deliberately exposed its citizens to attack by siting its rocket arsenals among them in order to maximise the number of civilian men, women and children who will be killed. 
Israel says that no fewer than 60 of the 703 rockets that Hamas fired at Israel between last Wednesday and Saturday fell inside Gaza on Palestinian civilians. The question therefore is how many of the 69 dead Palestinians were killed by their own rockets? "
The reason why large numbers of people in the media seem to dislike or even hate Israel is a topic too long to get into here.  But it seems undeniable that there are those in the media who won't hesitate to defend terrorists and lie about Israel if it will help turn public opinion against the very people who live in terror every day with Hamas rockets being fired at their homes.


Oklahoma Says No to Health Insurance Exchange

Governor Mary Fallin has announced that Oklahoma will not be creating a state-based exchange or participating in the Medicaid expansion as part of Obamacare.  Oklahoma will be defaulting to the federal exchange.  This is an excellent decision from our Governor.  The costs associated with operating an exchange are so high it doesn't make fiscal sense for the state to choose that route.  In her statement Gov. Fallin also says the Oklahoma State Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, will still be pursuing a legal challenge to Obamacare.

This is just one more reason why it was important to elect Mary Fallin instead of Jari Askins.

This makes Oklahoma the seventeenth state I'm aware of to default to the federal exchange.  The others are:

1. North Dakota
2. South Dakota
3. Wyoming
4. Nebraska
5. Kansas
6. Texas
7. Missouri
8. Wisconsin
9. Louisiana
10. Alabama
11. Georgia
12. South Carolina
13. New Hampshire
14. Maine
15. Alaska
16. Ohio

Here is the text of Governor Fallin's statement.

“For the past few months, my staff and I have worked with other lawmakers, Oklahoma stakeholders and health care experts across the country to determine the best course of action for Oklahoma in regards to both the creation of a health insurance exchange and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Our priority has been to ascertain what can be done to increase quality and access to health care, contain costs, and do so without placing an undue burden on taxpayers or the state. As I have stated many times before, it is my firm belief that PPACA fails to further these goals, and will in fact decrease the quality of health care across the United States while contributing to the nation’s growing deficit crisis.

“Despite my ongoing opposition to the federal health care law, the state of Oklahoma is legally obligated to either build an exchange that is PPACA compliant and approved by the Obama Administration, or to default to an exchange run by the federal government. This choice has been forced on the people of Oklahoma by the Obama Administration in spite of the fact that voters have overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to the federal health care law through their support of State Question 756, a constitutional amendment prohibiting the implementation of key components of PPACA.

“After careful consideration, I have today informed U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of its own health insurance exchange. Any exchange that is PPACA compliant will necessarily be ‘state-run’ in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement. It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans, and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation.

“Furthermore, I have also decided that Oklahoma will not be participating in the Obama Administration’s proposed expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would be unaffordable, costing the state of Oklahoma up to $475 million between now and 2020, with escalating annual expenses in subsequent years. It would also further Oklahoma’s reliance on federal money that may or may not be available in the future given the dire fiscal problems facing the federal government. On a state level, massive new costs associated with Medicaid expansion would require cuts to important government priorities such as education and public safety. Furthermore, the proposed Medicaid expansion offers no meaningful reform to a massive entitlement program already contributing to the out-of-control spending of the federal government.

“Moving forward, the state of Oklahoma will pursue two actions simultaneously. The first will be to continue our support for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s ongoing legal challenge of PPACA. General Pruitt’s lawsuit raises different Constitutional questions than previous legal challenges, and both he and I remain optimistic that Oklahoma’s challenge can succeed.

“Our second and equally important task will be to pursue state-based solutions that improve health outcomes and contain costs for Oklahoma families. Serious reform, for instance, should be pursued in the area of Medicaid and public health, where effective chronic disease prevention and management programs could address the trend of skyrocketing medical bills linked to avoidable hospital and emergency room visits. I look forward to working with legislative leaders and lawmakers in both parties to pursue Oklahoma health care solutions for Oklahoma families.”

Friday, November 16, 2012

Union Greed Kills 18,500 Jobs

Unless you've been living in a cave it isn't news that the Hostess Brands, Inc. has announced it is closing up shop and will be seeking to liquidate assets, including all properties and equipment.  After eighty two years, no more Twinkies, for the time being.  It's likely another company will acquire the brand and begin producing snack cakes again at some point.

What caused the collapse of Hostess?  Union refusal to negotiate concessions.  The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union refused to agree to wage reductions that would have kept the doors open. 

Hostess had filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and the filing included a plan to stay in business.  If the union agreed.  The plan included an 8 percent cut to employee pay, a reduction in health benefits and a freeze to pension plan payments for over two years.  If the concessions were agreed to, union workers would get a 25 percent equity in the company, two seats on the board and a note worth $100 million.  Also there would be a 3 percent pay increase in the next three years and a 1 percent raise in the final year.

The union said no and now at least 18,500 people will be unemployed; probably more when you get down to the local level of contracted delivery people.  And then there's the economic impact of not having the incomes of 18,500+ people spent in their communities.

In the bad economy we have the union chose to be greedy and gambled with their jobs.  Now they can reflect on that decision while standing in the unemployment line.

Which will be the next large company to close up shop due to union greed?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nancy Pelosi and The Gavel

Nancy Pelosi has announced she will run again for House minority leader.  At a news conference to make the announcement she apparently forgot who has the gavel.
“Yesterday we did not have the majority, but we have the gavel,” Pelosi said.  She quickly corrected herself and said, “Excuse me, we don’t have the gavel.  We have our own gavel! We have something more important, we have unity. We do not have the gavel, we do not have the majority, but we do have unity.”

When the Republicans took control of the House two years ago there was a short video made of Pelosi handing over the gavel to John Boehner, the new Speaker.  Trust me, you want to see this.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The First Step To Seceding

If you're going to secede the first step is learn to spell it correctly.  This is from a protest in Tulsa this afternoon.

Federalizing the Election Process: Just Say No

On election day there were long lines in some states and many people waited hours to vote.  Even here in Oklahoma, where voting has typically been a fairly quick process, I saw reports of some precincts in the Oklahoma City metro area having more than an hour wait.  I attributed the longer than usual wait to the new voting system selected by the Oklahoma County Election Board which required more time to fill out the ballot than in the past.  Having state questions to vote on just increased the time for voters who weren't prepared in advance since they had to read the questions before making a decision. 

Some of the longest lines in the nation were in Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland and Florida.  I saw reports of people in Florida still in line to vote after midnight.  People in Lee County waited as long as nine hours to vote.  The number of scanners used in Lee County along with the amendments to vote on have been blamed for the backlog.  But, whatever the reason, it's an issue for the State of Florida to address, not for the federal government.

There have already been calls by some in Congress (all Democrats, so far) to have Congress intervene to "normalize" voting nationwide and avoid the long delays of last Tuesday.  Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran and Elijah Cummings, Democrat Representatives in Congress, have all weighed in on the voting delays.  Moran said it is "incumbent on the Congress" to step in and that delays are "unforgivable in a modern society." Connolly said, "This ought not to be difficult. This is not rocket science.  We've got to figure out how to clean up federal elections."

Even President Obama mentioned the issue in his victory speech.  He said, "I want to thank every American who participated in this election — whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time.  By the way, we have to fix that."

Eliminating lines and streamlining the voting process sounds great, but elections are run by the states and the federal government has no authority to step in.  The notion that these are federal elections is a misnomer because all but the president and vice president represent individual states or districts.  Even the vote for president is not really a vote for the candidate, but for the electors from the state who will vote for that candidate at a later date when the Electoral College meets to cast their votes.

According to the Census data, there are currently more than 87,000 local and state governments containing more than 511,000 offices.  The idea that the federal government should be involved in running elections for those offices is asking the federal government to infringe on the sovereignty of 87,000 governments and the authority they have to make decisions about their own election processes.  Should the federal government be involved in your city council election?  Your county sheriff?  Local elections to vote on a sales tax increase?  Historically, when the federal government gets involved in something it becomes a bloated bureaucracy full of wasteful spending, top heavy with overpaid administrators and more problems at the local level than before the feds decided to 'help'.

The United States Constitution gives Congress sole power to decide the date of the presidential election, but that is the limit of their authority over the election.  Article 2 Section 1 Paragraph 4 of the Constitution: "The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they give their Votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States."  Authority over how those those Electors are chosen rests with the States, under the authority of the Tenth Amendment:  "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The federal system we have in the United States has shifted over time from dual federalism to cooperative federalism, but even under cooperative federalism the states still maintain sovereign rights.  No doubt there would be some liberal states who would welcome the federal government taking over the election process but most would not.  The Founders so distrusted a strong central control that they made it difficult for the federal government to have a major function in the election process.  They knew keeping decisions at the state and local level were the best way to prevent autocratic control of elections.

And although it has not been mentioned by proponents of federalizing the election process, I believe an eventual goal of doing so would be the elimination of the Electoral College.  There are many people who believe we should elect the president on a popular vote.  This also goes against the intentions of the Founders and the federal system they created.  More on that in my post here if you are interested. 

If there are election problems in some states then it is up to those states to solve their own problems.  Citizens of each state should decide for themselves what their election laws and processes should be.  If the State of Florida wants to continue using chisels and rocks to cast votes that's their decision.  The federal government has no right to interfere.

The Lamest Generation

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Obama's Reelection Brings Massive Layoffs

Barack Obama's reelection last Tuesday had an almost immediate reaction from many companies.  That reaction is to either begin layoffs or announce they are imminent.  Some of these layoffs are a result of the economic instability caused by Obama's policies and some are due to the increased business costs mandated by Obamacare.  Whichever the reason, the fact remains that Obama's reelection is already costing thousands of workers their jobs.  No doubt some of these people voted for Obama.  I hope they are happy with the outcome.

This is just a short list I compiled in a few minutes from many different sites listing layoffs.  There are many, many, many others. 

Welch Allyn, New York - 275 jobs over the next three years
Dana Holding Corp., Ohio - unknown number of 25,500 staff ($24 million in costs to cover)
Stryker, New York - 96 jobs now and 1,170 planned
Boston Scientific - 1,200 to 1,400 jobs
Medtronic - 1,000 (500 already cut, 500 next year)
Smith & Nephew - 770 jobs
Abbott Labs - 700 jobs
Covidien - 595 jobs
Kinetic Concepts - 427 jobs
St. Jude Medical - 300 jobs
Hill Rom - 200 jobs
Energizer, St. Louis - 1,500 jobs
Exide Technologies - 150 jobs
Westinghouse - 50 jobs
Research in Motion Ltd. - 200 jobs
Lightyear Network Solutions - 12+ jobs
Providence Journal - 23 jobs
Hawker Beechcraft - 240 jobs
Boeing - 30% fewer executives
CVPH Medical Center - 17 jobs
US Cellular - 980 jobs
Momentive Performance Materials - 150 jobs
Rocketdyne - 100 employees
Brake Parts - 75 jobs
Vestas Wind Systems - 3,000 jobs
Husqvarna - 600 jobs
Center for Hospice New York - 40 jobs
Bristol-Meyers - 480 jobs
OCE North America - 135 jobs
West Ridge Mine - unknown number (204 coal-fired power plants closed by 2014)
United Blood Services Gulf - 10% of their employees
DuPont - 1,500 jobs worldwide
Penn Refrigeration - 40 jobs
TMX Group Ltd - 100 jobs
Murray Energy Corp - 163 jobs

In addition to the lost jobs, other companies are looking into limiting the hours of some of their employees to avoid health care requirements under Obamacare.  Some of these companies include:

Darden Restaurants - Parent corporation for Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse
JANCOA Janitorial Services
Kroger - tens of thousands of employees could be limited to 28 hours per week
Papa John's Pizza
Apple-Metro (Applebee's Franchise Chain in New York)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

State Ballot Measures to Note

The Heritage Foundation selected ten state ballot measures they considered worth watching, and they were, but there were others that I think bear noting.  Now that Florida has finally finished counting their votes we can look at the results.  Perhaps Florida should consider moving to an election system that doesn't involve chisels and rocks.

The results show a wide range of ideologies in the states and make me very happy to live in Oklahoma, where some of these ridiculous measures would never have even been considered for the ballot.  Apparently there's a lot of people in some states who want to smoke marijuana.

  • Issue 5 - Authorize the use of medical marijuana in the state. - Failed

  • Proposition 30 - Jerry Brown's tax increases. A state sales tax increase and also a retroactive income tax increase. - Passed
  • Proposition 34 - End the death penalty. - Failed
  • Proposition 39 - Income tax increase for multi state businesses. - Passed

  • Amendment 64 - Legalize recreational use of marijuana with regulations. - Passed
  • Amendment 65 - Set policy on prohibiting corporate contributions and expenditures in elections. Basically an unenforceable referendum on the Citizens United court decision. - Passed

  • Amendment 1 - Prevent penalties for not purchasing health care coverage in order to comply with federal health care reforms. - Failed
  • Amendment 6 - Prohibits public funds for abortions. - Failed

  • Question 1 - Overturn a ban on gay marriage in the state. - Passed

  • Question 4 - Approve legislation that guarantees in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. - Passed

  • Question 3 - Allow for the use of medical marijuana in the state. - Passed

  • Proposal 2 - Make collective bargaining a right for public and private workers. - Failed
  • Proposal 3 - Mandate that 25% of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2025. This measure was primarily backed by out-of-state environmental groups. - Failed

  • Amendment 1 - Ban same sex marriage. - Failed
  • Amendment 2 - Require people to present photo identification to vote. - Failed

  • Referendum 120 - Require parental notification before a minor's abortion. - Passed
  • Referendum 121 - Require proof of citizenship before receiving state services. - Passed
  • Initiative 166 - Set policy on prohibiting corporate contributions and expenditures in elections. Basically an unenforceable referendum on the Citizens United court decision. - Passed

New Hampshire
  • Question 1 - Ban new taxes on personal income. - Failed

North Carolina
  • Amendment 1 - Defines marriage in the state as one man and one woman. - Passed

  • Measure 84 - Phases out estate and inheritance taxes. - Failed

  • Referendum 74 - Asks if same sex marriage should be legalized in the state. - Passed (Yes)
  • Initiative 502 - Legalize and regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older. - Passed

  • Amendment A - Asserts state's rights concerning Obamacare participation. - Passed

Friday, November 9, 2012

Election Results - Economic Conservatism Won Big

I will freely admit disappointment over the election results this past Tuesday.  It was not the outcome I wanted or expected.  But, after some reflection I have come to realize the conservative ideology I believe in was not rejected by the voters.  In fact, it was embraced.  Further explanation is likely needed here.

Some readers of my blog may be unaware of the meaning behind the name I selected - OK Politechs.  I received a message once asking if I thought that the politics of the day were 'okay'.  No, the OK in my blog title is for Oklahoma, where I have lived all my life and where the true winner in Tuesday's election became clear, that being true economic conservatism.

On a national level it's no secret that the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, was no conservative.  He's one of the liberals in the party who masquerades as something more palatable.  Compared to Obama, he may have seemed like the next best thing to Ronald Reagan, but in reality his conservatism was as real as the Easter Bunny.  The fact that Romney received fewer votes than John McCain is an indication that he did not excite the Republican base.  The turnout, or lack thereof, cost him the election.  I believe the reason for that is that too many people either weren't convinced of his conservative bona fides or just outright believed him to be a liberal in disguise.  The result was the same - another four years of Barack Obama.  Is Romney more conservative than Obama?  Absolutely.  But that isn't enough to get the Republicans to the polls. 

It's a different story here in Oklahoma.  Considered by many 'progressives' in the nation to be a backwards state filled with a bunch of bible-thumpers, the economic picture here in our state would indicate to me that the progressives are completely clueless about how to achieve true economic growth.

Before getting to the results of the election on Tuesday some background needs to be given.  Since statehood in 1907, only four Republicans have been elected Governor and the Democrats had complete control of the legislature until 2004 when the Republicans took control of the House.  The Republicans took control of the Senate in 2008 for complete legislative control. 

The economic situation in Oklahoma is likely what shifted legislative control to the Republicans.  Revenues were down, unemployment was up and there were a large number of state departments that furloughed employees because the state budget was in such a mess that there was no money for anything.  With the Democrats in control of the legislature and Democrat Governor Brad Henry in office, there didn't seem to be any road to change.

After one hundred years of Democratic control state government had just become way too big, with 616 agencies, boards and commissions as of 2010.  When control shifted to the Republicans a great opportunity was born and the Republican leadership set forth a plan for consolidating government agencies and cutting costs. As an example, the ambitious information technology consolidation alone, signed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin last year, has already saved the state $40 million and will eventually save the state $146 million, according to its proponents. 

With help from conservative tax policies and efforts to make Oklahoma more attractive to businesses, Oklahoma has been a leader on the reforms that stimulate economic growth.  In September this year only three states had a lower unemployment rate than Oklahoma and Oklahoma City's unemployment rate was the lowest in the nation among metro areas with a population of one million or more.

Now back to this week's election.  On a national level the Republicans took it on the chin.  But here in Oklahoma the Republicans made gains.  All Republican held Congressional seats were kept and the Republicans snatched the 2nd District seat away from the Democrats, making Oklahoma's entire Congressional delegation Republican.  In the state legislature the Republicans gained two more Senate seats for a 36-12 majority and two more House seats for a 72-29 majority.  The election results for Oklahoma Republicans just added to the historic sweep in 2010 when the GOP won every statewide office up for election, including Governor, giving them control of all eleven statewide offices.

What makes these Republican gains even more noteworthy is the disparity between the registered voters for each party.  The Democrats have 950,223 registered voters and the Republicans have 873,351.  And yet somehow, the Republicans have garnered total control over the state government and the Congressional delegation.  How did they do it?  With a simple, easy to understand plan called economic conservatism. 

When Mary Fallin ran for Governor in 2010 she pledged to "right size" government, eliminate waste and make government more efficient and effective.  Governor Fallin and the Republicans in the legislature are doing that and the voters have made it clear they like what the Republicans in state government are doing. 

The new Speaker of the House for the Oklahoma legislature will be T.W. Shannon, a black Republican.  Upon being elected Speaker by the Republican caucus he said, "We’re looking forward to a great session where we continue our pro-growth, conservative policies that we’ve advanced for the last four years and continue to build upon the momentum that we have."  He also said a plan to reduce Oklahoma's income tax is one of the items at the top of the list for discussion.

The Republicans in Oklahoma clearly recognize the path to economic prosperity for our state and are doing their best to make that happen.  Economic conservatism includes making sure government isn't bloated and inefficient.  Republicans at the national level should follow their example.  Speaker Shannon also said, "If reform is going to happen in this country it will be at the state level."  Apparently so, since even the Republicans at the national level have no interest in true economic conservatism. 

For contrast, one need look no further than California, which is completely controlled by Democrats, who have amassed $103 billion in gross tax-supported debt.  But here in Oklahoma, conservatism won big on Tuesday and as a result, our economic prosperity will continue to lead the nation. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Military Flag Officers Endorse For President

The Examiner had an article yesterday detailing the endorsements from top military brass that Romney and Obama have both received.  The lists are very telling.  Head over to The Examiner to read the full article, but all you really need to see is the lists below.

Obama Endorsements

General Wesley Clark, USA , (Ret.)
General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)
Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.)
Admiral Donald Gutter, USN, former JAG of the Navy, (Ret.)
Admiral John Nathman, USN, (Ret.)

Romney Endorsements

Admiral James B. Busey, USN, (Ret.)
General James T. Conway, USMC, (Ret.)
General Terrence R. Dake, USMC, (Ret.)
Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USN, (Ret.)
General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, (Ret.)
General Tommy Franks, USA , (Ret.)
General Alfred Hansen, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald Jackson Hays, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward , USN, (Ret.)
General Chuck Albert Horner, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Jerome LaMarr Johnson, USN, (Ret.)
Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, (Ret.)
General Paul X. Kelley, USMC, (Ret.)
General William Kernan, USA , (Ret.)
Admiral George E.R. Kinnear II, USN, (Ret.)
General William L. Kirk, USAF, (Ret.)
General James J. Lindsay, USA , (Ret.)
General William R. Looney III, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Hank Mauz, USN, (Ret.)
General Robert Magnus, USMC, (Ret.)
Admiral Paul David Miller, USN, (Ret.)
General Henry Hugh Shelton, USA , (Ret.)
General Lance Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Leighton Smith, Jr., USN, (Ret.)
General Ronald W. Yates, USAF, (Ret.)
Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James Abrahamson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Harold Blot, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William Campbell, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General James E. Chambers, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William Adam Dougherty, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Brett Dula, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Gordon E. Fornell, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral David Frost, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr, USCG, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas J Hickey, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Ronald W. Iverson, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D., USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Michael Malone, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, USN, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William McCauley, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John Theodore “Ted” Parker, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles Henry “Chuck” Pitman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Dutch Schultz, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General E. G. “Buck” Shuler, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Alexander M. “Rusty” Sloan, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General David J. Teal, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Billy M. Thomas, USA , (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Donald C. “Deese” Thompson, USCG, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Herman O. “Tommy” Thomson, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, USCG, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William Thurman, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Robert Allen “R.A.” Tiebout, USMC, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USNR, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, USMC, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, USAF, (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Claudius “Bud” Watts, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General William “Bill” Welser, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Thad A. Wolfe, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, USAF, (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Richard “Rick” Zilmer, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Chris Adams, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Henry Amos, USN (Ret.)
Major General Nora Alice Astafan, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Almon Bowen Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General James F. Barnette, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Robert W. Barrow, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John R. Batlzer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John E. Bianchi, USA , (Ret.)
Major General David F. Bice, USMC, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James H. Black, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John L. Borling, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Tom Braaten, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, USN, (Ret.)
Major General David P. Burford, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John F. Calvert, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay A. Campbell, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Henry Canterbury, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James J. Carey, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Jeffrey G. Cliver, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Casey Coane, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Isaiah C. Cole, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Stephen Condon, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Richard C. Cosgrave, USANG, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert Cowley, USN, (Ret.)
Major General J.T. Coyne, USMC, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James D. Delk, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jay Ronald Denney, USNR, (Ret.)
Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James C. Doebler, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Hunt Downer, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Thomas A. Dyches, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Jay T. Edwards, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General John R. Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Francis L. Filipiak, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Charles Fletcher, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Veronica Froman, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harry E. Gerhard Jr., USN, (Ret.)
Major General Daniel J. Gibson, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Richard N. Goddard, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Fred Golove, USCGR, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harold Eric Grant, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Jeff Grime, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Robert Kent Guest, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Tim Haake, USAR, (Ret.)
Major General Otto K. Habedank, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Leonard W. Hegland, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John Hekman, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John A. Hemphill, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General Wilfred Hessert, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Weldon F. Honeycutt, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James T. Jackson, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Michael Kerby, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral David Kunkel, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Arthur Langston, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, USN, (Ret.)
Major General James E. Livingston, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Al Logan, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General John D. Logeman Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Noah H. Long Jr, USNR, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Andy Love, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas , USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert M. Marquette, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General William M. Matz, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Gerard Mauer, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert Messerli, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John W. Miller, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Patrick David Moneymaker, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Mario Montero, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Walter Bruce Moore, USA , (Ret.)
Major General William Moore, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Burton R. Moore, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Stanton R. Musser, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John T. Natter, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert George Nester, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert C. Olsen, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Raymund E. O’Mara, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Robert W. Paret, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Richard E. Perraut Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Gerald F. Perryman, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, USN, (Ret.)
Major General David C. Ralston, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Bentley B. Rayburn, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Harold Rich, USN , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Roland Rieve, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Tommy F. Rinard, USN , (Ret.)
Major General Richard H. Roellig, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Michael S. Roesner, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Loran C. Schnaidt, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Carl Schneider, USAF , (Ret.)
Major General John P. Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Edison E. Scholes, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert H. Shumaker, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William S. Schwob, USCG, (Ret.)
Major General David J. Scott, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Richard Secord, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral William H. Shawcross, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Joseph K. Simeone, USAF and ANG , (Ret.)
Major General Darwin Simpson, ANG , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USN , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral David Oliver “D.O.” Smart, USNR, (Ret.)
Major General Richard D. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Donald Bruce Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Paul O. Soderberg, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Robert H. “Bob” Spiro, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Henry B. Stelling, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Daniel H. Stone, USN, (Ret.)
Major General William A. Studer, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Hugh Banks Tant III , USA , (Ret.)
Major General Larry S. Taylor, USMC, (Ret.)
Major General J.B. Taylor, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Thomas R. Tempel, USA , (Ret.)
Major General Richard L. Testa, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Jere Thompson, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Byron E. Tobin, USN, (Ret.)
Major General Larry Twitchell, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Russell L. Violett, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General David E.B. “DEB” Ward, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Charles J. Wax, USAF, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, USN, (Ret.)
Major General John Welde, USAF, (Ret.)
Major General Gary Whipple, USA , (Ret.)
Rear Admiral James B. Whittaker, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Charles Williams, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, USN, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, USCG, (Ret.)
Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, USN, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General John R. Allen, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Loring R. Astorino, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard Averitt, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling , USANG, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Clayton Bridges, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Chalmers R. Carr, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Fred F. Caste, USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Christopher T Cline, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mike Cushman, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Sam. G. DeGeneres, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General George Demers, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Howard G. DeWolf, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General David Bob Edmonds, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Anthony Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert H. Harkins, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stanley V. Hood, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General James J. Hourin, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas G. Jeter, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General William Herbert Johnson, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Kenneth F. Keller, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Wayne W. Lambert, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General John M. Lotz, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert S. Mangum, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Frank Martin, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Joe Mensching, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard L. Meyer, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Lawrence A. Mitchell, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Michael P. Mulqueen, USMC, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jack W. Nicholson, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Maria C. Owens, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dave Papak, USMC, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Gary A. Pappas, USANG, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Edward F. Rodriguez, Jr., USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Roger Scearce, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, USAFR, (Ret.)
Brigadier General John Serur, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaefer, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Graham Shirley, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Raymond Shulstad, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stan Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Ralph S. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Donald Smith, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General David M. Snyder, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Michael Joseph Tashjian, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Richard Louis Ursone, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Earl Van Inwegen, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Terrence P. Woods, USAF, (Ret.)
Brigadier General Mitchell Zais, USA , (Ret.)
Brigadier General Allan Ralph Zenowitz, USA , (Ret.)