- Only 43% of the Marine Corps' aircraft are considered usable.
- Back in 1992, the Air Force was acquiring about 200 aircraft a year on average while in the past few years that number is about 25.
- The Air Force is short of 700 pilots and 4,000 maintenance personnel.
- In 2017 the Navy will likely be able to fulfill only 56% of its needs for aircraft carriers
- “The Army currently is having to choose between being ready to defend the country today and defend it in the future.”
- And things are not trending favorably with the Heritage Foundation asserting that their “threat score,” which attempts to gauge our enemies’ threat to our country, was raised from “Elevated” in 2016 to “high” for 2017.
- Congressman Randy Cunningham of California received a sentence of eight years for taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.
- Congressman Bob Ney of Ohio received two and a half years in jail for taking bribes from a lobbyist.
- Congressman James Traficant of Ohio received a seven year sentence for bribery and racketeering.
- Congressman William Jefferson was sentenced to thirteen years in jail for accepting bribes, the longest term ever imposed on a Congressman on bribery charges. He was the guy who hid his stolen loot in a freezer.
- A Federal grand jury recently indicted former Congressman Aaron Schock on two dozen criminal counts.
- The charges include fraud, theft of government funds, filing false tax returns, and making false statements.
- The indictments charge that Schock “engaged in a scheme to defraud the government, his campaign committees, and others for his direct personal benefit and for the benefit of others.”
- Not only has he been criminally indicted but he may have no one to blame but himself since according to the Reboot Illinois, “The Peoria congressman, who was considered a rising star in the Republican Party, came under media scrutiny after photos posted to his Instagram account depicted a lavish lifestyle, including exotic trips taken by way of donors’ private jets and most notably his “Downton Abbey”-style office makeover on Capitol Hill.”
- The details of the indictment include nine counts of wire fraud, five counts of falsifying Federal Election Commission filings, one count of mail fraud, one count of theft of government funds, two counts of making false statements and six counts of filing false federal income tax returns.
- If found guilty on all charges the ex-Congressman could be facing 78 years in prison.
- Almost 7 in 10 (69%) voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful.
- Almost 8 in 10 (78%) of voters believe the news coverage of the presidential campaign was biased, with nearly a 3-to-1 majority believing the media were for Clinton (59%) vs. for Trump (21%).
- Even 32% of Clinton voters believe the media were “pro-Clinton.”
- 8% of Trump voters said they would have voted for Clinton if they had believed what the media were saying about Trump.
- The good news, if there is any, is that 97% of voters said they did not let the media’s bias influence their vote.
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